The annual Melissa Nathan awards for Comedy Romance are being held next week. We are absolutely delighted that Melissa's husband, Andrew, agreed to answer some questions about the awards and about Melissa herself. Thanks, Andrew.
If you have yet to read Melissa's novels I highly recommend them. They are so warm and very funny. The Nanny is one of my all time faves. You can find out more about Melissa by clicking here.
Pictures - Last year's awards and Andrew and Melissa's son, Sam, presenting a cheque to the chosen Melissa Nathan Foundation charity.
As you know, Meli
The romantic comedy genre is hugely popular. Why do you think this is?
These books are such a fant
I’ve learned from running these awards for 4 years now that when these books are good, they’re fant
“The first part of this award is for a book that is suffused with humour, where the jokes are not an added extra, but where the writer’s voice and the comedy are interdependent.
The second part of this award – and equally important – is that the romance is utterly believable and so important to the reader that the romance is a page-turner.”
We have about 40 readers up and down the country who read all the entries (about 80 every year). Each book gets read by 4 different readers and we collate their scores to create the short-list. The 5 or 6 short-listed books are read by the Judges. The Judges, Maggie and myself meet for a slap-up lunch and to decide on the winner. Jo Brand and Sophie Kinsella have been judges since the first year and they – like all the judges – have been breathtakingly supportive, helpful, lovely and funny!
Can you tell us a little about the Meli
Our wish is to continue to help families in Meli
The families might be struggling to cope with illne
So far we’ve raised about £60,000 – every penny of which h
What is the best way for our readers to donate, should they wish to?
That would be incredibly kind!! The e
Check in next week for an exclusive Novelicious report on the Melissa Nathan awards :)