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Top Romantic Novel Of Modern Times To Be Revealed

Posted at 10:33AM Monday 13 Sep 2010


The Best Love Story of the Last 50 Years

Monday 13th September

The winner of the Woman's Weekly Poll to find the best romantic novel written in the last 50 years is to be announced at a glamorous champagne breakfast at the New Cavendish Club, 44 Great Cumberland Place, London W1H 8BS on Thursday 16th September at 10.00 am

The three shortlistees are:

Barbara Taylor-Bradford: A Woman of Substance

Trisha Ashley: Every Woman for Herself

Linda Gillard: Star Gazing

The prize will be presented by best-selling author Katie Fforde.

The poll was conducted by Woman's Weekly to celebrate 50 years of the Romantic Novelists' Association which was founded 'to raise the prestige of romantic authorship and generally to encourage and foster the writing of romantic works'. Maureen Jones, who entered her selections in the poll and won a chance to meet her favourite authors, will also be present. Barbara Taylor-Bradford is unable to be there but she will be represented by Harper Collins' Director of Publicity, Elizabeth Dawson and by Barbara's editor, Lynne Drew

For further information and details contact; or 07966 949590

Further information.

•The Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) was set up in 1960 to promote respect for the genre and to encourage excellence. Full membership is open to authors who have published a romantic novel or a romantic serial. Aspiring writers are admitted as probationary members. This is the only professional body of writers to encourage actively new writing in this manner. In 2005, an RNA team beat teams from Wisden and The Economist in University Challenge - The Professionals, only just losing to the Privy Council in the final. The Chairman is Katie Fforde. For more information log onto

•Trisha Ashley is the author of fourteen novels currently lives in North Wales but was born and raised in St Helens. She has been shortlisted for the Melissa Nathan Award for Romantic Comedy two years running with A Winter's Tale and Wedding Tiers. For an interview with Trisha please contact her on 01492 622823 or 07887 554053 or

•Linda Gillard lives on the Isle of Arran and is the author of 3 books. Star Gazing was shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year in 2009. She can be contacted on 01770 3030716 07887 970654 or

•Barbara Taylor-Bradford was born in England and currently lives in New York City. Her 26th novel will be published in October 2010. For further information please contact Liz Dawson at HarperCollins or on 020 8307 44

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