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Running Away from Richard

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  355 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Just graduated from drama school, Lizzie Jordan is looking forward to a glittering career at the RSC and becoming Mrs Richard Adams. So how come, just one month later, Lizzie finds herself working as a waitress in Venice Beach?
Paperback, 470 pages
Published 2001 by Coronet
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Feb 03, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: chicklit
This was predictable even for chicklit. None of the characters were particularly interesting either. A waste of time.
Bev Taylor
Mar 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
there is only one thing worse than being jilted at the altar on the day of your wedding and that is being a bridesmaid a week after u have been chucked

lizzie is a wannabe actor who has been living with richard, an up and coming artist, for 4 years. they have never got around to tying the knot but she is not bothered - until he dumps her

she runs back to her parents and wallows in self pity but convinces herself that he will come to his senses in time and they will be reunited. he has other idea
Shannon Jackson
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: humour, chick-lit, adult
I really liked this book and found myself laughing out loud at it. It was really fun and light.
It took me quite a while to get into but once I did, I did enjoy it. The blurb kind of confused me at first aswell.
It's about Lizzie Jordan, a woman who gets dumped by her boyfriend a few days before her best friends wedding (and she's a bridesmaid). After far too many pages of Lizzie crying and feeling rubbish she decides to move to America to become an actress.
From there the book does pick up a bi
Jun 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bc-08
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Rachel Zylstra
May 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
This book was incredibly slow to get to the point. Lizzie was bloody frustrating in terms of her broken heart. A lot of unexpected twists but also plenty of predictable ones. I found myself thinking on many occasions 'I bet this this is going to happen....' and then a few pages later, it happened! So it took me alot longer to read than normal as I just couldn't get into it. That was until today when I hit around the page 295 mark and things kind of picked up. And I thought the end was well worth ...more
Jul 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Slow start, picked up in the middle, lost it by the end. Just too much. The Brandi cancer bit was excessive and dragged the book out even longer than it needed to be.
Chris writes a nice light chick lit, but I wouldn't advise reading three in a row as I did, as you do really notice the similarities. Hopeless main character whose life is a big disaster. Dumped by a vile boyfriend. There's always a wedding. Usually a "wacky" housemate. Etc etc.
I have a 4th, but I think I'll read something else for
Kathy Chung
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chic-lit
Reviewed at : Mama Kucing Meow: Running Away From Richard by Chris Manby

For me it was an average read. Pretty much predictable
Bylgja Valtýsdóttir
May 01, 2011 rated it did not like it
Held að þetta sé ágætis húsmæðraklám sem passar vel við sundlaugarbakkann.
Kathryn Lane
Jan 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Distinctly average. Some good ideas which made for pleasant holiday-reading, but a very predictable storyline. Recommended if you haven't anything else to read.
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ihave
Easy read. Not quite predictable.
I love how the protagonist isn't very likeable. One moment I cheered for her & next, I thought she has got to have cotton for brain.

Good for light reading.
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
It was brilliant had me excited at times
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Meh, not terrible but no Marian Keyes.
Feb 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Decent enough and with Manby's trademark humor, but not as grounded in reality as some of her better efforts.
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This author has also released books under the name Chrissie Manby.

Encouraged my by English teacher, Mrs. Pocock, I published my first short story in Just Seventeen when I was fourteen years old. The story was called ‘Whatever happened to the wonderful boy I fell in love with’ and I published it under the pseudonym ‘Carolyn Lane’ because it largely consisted of a transcript of an argument I’d had w
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