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Menna van Praag

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Menna van Praag was born in Cambridge, England and studied Modern History at Oxford University. Her first novella - an autobiographical tale about a waitress who aspires to be a writer - Men, Money & Chocolate has been translated into 26 languages. Her first work of literary fiction, The House at the End of Hope Street, was inspired by an idea the author had to set up a house for female artists to give them a year to fulfil their artistic ambitions. Her next novel, The Dress Shop of Dreams, is set on the magical street of All Saints Passage where a scientist falls in love with a mysterious man who has a magical voice. All Menna van Praag's novels, excepting Happier Than She's Ever Been, are set among the colleges, cafes and bookshops of ...more

Day #22. I am a great believer in action. But sometimes I do too much. Sometimes I push & strive when what’s really needed is a little time to let thoughts percolate, to let the fruit of a story ripen before being picked. And, remember too, that you don’t need to add metaphorical glitter & bows in order to shine because you think what you’re doing isn’t enough. Readers love writing when...

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The House at the End of Hop...

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The Dress Shop of Dreams

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The Witches of Cambridge

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Men, Money and Chocolate: W...

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Happier Than She's Ever Been

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The Witches of Cambridge by Menna van Praag
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I had the great honor of writing the forward for this beautiful book. I've read a great many "self-development" books but this one, and all the books by Ariel & Shya Kane are something special. Because when I read their books not only do I unders ...more
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I absolutely adored this book. It's about books, so it's already onto a winner, so far as I'm concerned, but it's also beautifully written, full of exquisite sentences as well as touchingly understated. I'll be reading it again & again...
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“It takes great courage and determination, to keep looking for light in all the darkness of life.”
Menna van Praag, The House at the End of Hope Street

“When is cake ever for hunger? It's for flavor and, in this case, comfort.”
Menna van Praag, The Dress Shop of Dreams

“One proton of faith, three electrons of humility, a neutron of compassion and a bond of honesty,” Robert said, winking at his daughter. “What’s that?” Cora frowned, confused. Maggie laughed. “That, according to your father, is the molecular structure of love.”
Menna van Praag, The Dress Shop of Dreams

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