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Thursday, 15 December 2016

Review & Giveaway: A Fairy Tale for Christmas by Chrissie Manby

“He’s BEHIND you!!”
“Oh no he isn’t…”
“Oh yes he is!...”

You can’t beat the magic of panto season – and whether you favour the celeb-packed professional productions, or an am-dram in the local village hall, nothing quite guarantees side-splitting laughs quite like a British pantomime.

Unless you’re talking about a romcom based around the backstage of a pantomime. Then you’re talking love, laughs and plenty of cheering and booing.

When I heard about Chrissie Manby’s new book A Fairy Tale For Christmas, I couldn’t imagine a better setting. Having visited the Little Theatre in Torquay for an evening of conversation between the author and the actors of TOADS (Chrissie’s inspiration for the NEWTS am-dram group at the heart of the book), I knew I was in for a real treat.

In A Fairy Tale For Christmas, Kirsty has followed her man all the way back to Newbay, deserting her dream job to follow her heart. But the question on everyone’s lips- is Jon really her handsome prince?

Kirsty launches herself into the local panto that Jon is directing, soon finding that Newbay and the NEWTS have found a special place in her heart. But does love blossom in the theatre, or is it all just a showmance?

A Fairy Tale For Christmas is a warm, funny, festive read- full of real life heroes, villains and panto dames. I absolutely loved it, and as the panto leached out into Kirsty’s real life, I thoroughly enjoyed booing and hissing at the baddies, cheering on the goodies and sighing for the (real) handsome prince. An unmissable festive treat.

A personal note to the author: thank you for making my 5 year-old self’s dreams come true. Finally Cinders ends up with the guy that I was rooting for when I saw my first ever pantomime.

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The Blurb:
What could be more magical at Christmas than a fairy tale come true?

It's the festive season and the members of the Newbay Theatre Society, more commonly known as the NEWTS, are preparing to put on a show. Being cast as Cinderella is the realization of a dream for newcomer Kirsty, not least because she hopes starring in a panto under the direction of her boyfriend Jon will bring them closer together.

But Kirsty soon learns that it's not all glitter and good cheer behind the scenes at the amateur theatre as bitter rivalries nurtured through decades, wardrobe mishaps and suspicious near-fatal accidents threaten to derail the production. And then there's Prince Charming himself. Will working together with Jon bring Kirsty her happy ever after... or reveal their love to be nothing but a 'showmance'?

With Christmas just around the corner, it's going to take more than a Fairy Godmother to get Kirsty and her cast-mates to the ball.


  1. I have to admit I was never on pantomime show, not even when I was little, so I can't say which one is my favorite.
    Pantomimes were never popular in my country, unfortunately.

  2. Off to the panto tonight, to see Cinderella really looking forward to it.

  3. My teachers at school used to do an annual one, but we were always too busy laughing at them/ rolling our eyes at the individual 'actors' to ever pay attention to what they actually were about...