Jenny Colgan

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Jenny T. Colgan
Born (1972-09-14) 14 September 1972 (age 51)
Prestwick, Ayrshire, Scotland
Pen nameJenny Colgan,
Jane Beaton,
J. T. Colgan,
Jenny T. Colgan
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
GenreRomantic fiction, romantic comedy, contemporary fiction
Notable awardsRoNA Award
SpouseAndrew Beaton

Jenny Colgan (born 14 September 1972, Prestwick, Ayrshire) is a Scottish writer of romantic comedy fiction and science-fiction. She has written for the Doctor Who line of stories. She writes under her own name and using the pseudonyms Jane Beaton and J. T. Colgan.

She won the Romantic Novel of the Year award in 2013 for Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams and the Romantic Novelists' Association award for Comedy Novel of the Year in 2018 for The Summer Seaside Kitchen.[1]


Jenny Colgan studied at the University of Edinburgh and worked for six years in the health service, moonlighting as a cartoonist and a stand-up comic.[citation needed]

She is married to Andrew Beaton,[2] a marine engineer, and has three children.[3] She splits her time between France and London.

In 2000, she published her first novel, the romantic comedy Amanda's Wedding. In 2004 one of her stories was included in Scottish Girls About Town.[4] In 2013, her novel Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweetshop of Dreams won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association.[5] In 2018 she won an edition of Celebrity Mastermind with a score of 21 points.

In July 2012, her Doctor Who tie-in novel Dark Horizons was published under the name J. T. Colgan.[6]


As Jenny Colgan[edit]

Single novels[edit]

  • Amanda's Wedding (2000)
  • Looking for Andrew McCarthy (2001)
  • Talking to Addison (2001) aka My Very '90s Romance
  • Working Wonders (2003) aka Arthur Project
  • Do You Remember the First Time? (2004) aka The Boy I Loved Before
  • Sixteen Again (2004)
  • Where Have All the Boys Gone? (2005)
  • West End Girls (2006)
  • Operation Sunshine (2007)
  • Diamonds Are a Girls Best Friend (2008)
  • The Good, the Bad and the Dumped (2010)
  • The Loveliest Chocolate Shop in Paris (2013)
  • Working Wonders (2013)
  • The Christmas Bookshop (2021)

Little Beach Street Bakery[edit]

  1. The Little Beach Street Bakery (2014)
  2. Summer at Little Beach Street Bakery (2015)
  3. Christmas at Little Beach Street Bakery (2016)
  4. Sunrise by the Sea (2021)

At the Cupcake Café[edit]

  1. Meet Me at the Cupcake Café (2011)
  2. Christmas at the Cupcake Café (2012)


  1. Polly and the Puffin (2015)
  2. The Stormy Day (2016)
  3. The New Friend (2017)
  4. The Happy Christmas (2017)

Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop[edit]

  1. Welcome to Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop of Dreams (2012)
  2. Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop (2013)
  3. The Christmas Surprise (2014)

Scottish Bookshop[edit]

  1. The Bookshop on the Corner (2016) aka The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After
  2. The Bookshop on the Shore (2019)
  3. 500 Miles from You (2020)

Summer Seaside Kitchen[edit]

  1. A Very Distant Shore (prequel, 2017)
  2. The Café by the Sea (2016) published in paperback as The Summer Seaside Kitchen (2017)
  3. The Endless Beach (2018)[7]
  4. Christmas on the Island (2018) aka An Island Christmas
  5. Christmas at the Island Hotel (2020)
  6. An Island Wedding (2022)

As Jane Beaton[edit]

Maggie, a Teacher in Turmoil[edit]

  1. Class: Welcome to the Little School by the Sea (2008)
  2. Rules: Things are Changing at the Little School by the Sea (2010)
  3. Lessons (3 part serialization)

As J. T. Colgan/Jenny T. Colgan[edit]

  • Resistance Is Futile (2015)
  • Spandex and the City (2017)

Doctor Who[edit]

  • Dark Horizons (2012)
  • Into the Nowhere (2014)
  • In the Blood (2016)
  • The Christmas Invasion (2018)
  • The Triple Knife and Other Doctor Who Stories (2018)
  • Star Tales (2019)


  1. ^ "Atkins wins Romantic Novel of the Year accolade | The Bookseller". Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  2. ^ Vanderhoof, Tricia. "Mondays with Authors: Jenny Colgan provides the ultimate beach read". Retrieved 16 April 2022.
  3. ^ Jenny Colgan's Biography
  4. ^ Colgan, Jenny; Dewar, Isla; Gray, Muriel (9 February 2004). Scottish Girls About Town: And sixteen other Scottish women authors. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7434-9860-9.
  5. ^ Awards by the Romantic Novelists' Association
  6. ^ "BBC Books: Dark Horizons". Doctor Who News.
  7. ^ "Women's fiction - Jenny Colgan- Books - Chicklit".

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