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Jane Wenham-Jones

Jane Wenham-Jones After a motley career and various entrepreneurial endeavours, Jane Wenham-Jones began life as a writer penning short fiction for the women's magazine market, selling over a hundred stories to a dozen different titles. She has since become a freelance journalist and has written for the Guardian, Daily Express, Sunday Express, The Times, Sunday Times, The Sun and numerous magazines. She is a regular contributor to Woman’s Weekly and writes a monthly column for Writing Magazine where she is the “agony aunt.” She writes both novels and non-fiction books. Jane also broadcasts on radio, is regularly booked for after-dinner appearances and has worked as a celebrity speaker for P&O. She has hosted the Romance Novelists’ Association’s RoNas – the annual awards for the best in Romantic Fiction since 2011, presented many events at the Guildford, Belfast and Whitstable book festivals and been a regular at ChipLitFest at Chipping Norton since its inception.
Jane's latest book is 'The Big Five O' (details by email).

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Latest Book: THE BIG FIVE O

Jane Wenham-Jones They’re planning a party the seaside town of Broadstairs will never forget, but these four 49-year-olds have far more on their minds than canapés and balloons for their half-century…
Empty-nester Charlotte’s in a lather over what her husband might be up to.
Single mother Roz lives in fear that her teenage daughter will discover how she pays the bills.
Tough Business woman Fay crows about her no-strings toy boy but hides the real story behind her divorce.
Singleton Sherie’s cat is the only male in her life who ever stays around. Or is he?
They’re all keeping secrets but as the big birthday looms, the beans are about to spill. As the shocks come out, one of them is going to need her friends more than ever…

‘Fresh, funny and wise’ Katie Fforde

‘I love Jane’s writing!’ Jill Mansell

Mum in the Middle

MUM IN THE MIDDLE A wry look at the trials and tribulations of women in their forties. Tess has downsized to a lively market town with a new hi-speed link to London and is all set for a fresh beginning. She’s happily divorced, the kids are off her hands, she’s escaped the rat-race and is ready for “me” time. But life has other ideas and soon she’s being squeezed from all directions. Her offspring are the boomerang generation, her mother is losing her independence, her ex-husband becomes too friendly and there seems to be a dark resentment simmering beneath the olde worlde charm of Northstone. Local architect David is charming, helpful and very attractive, but is he all he seems? Why does neighbour Jinni dislike him so much? What does newspaper editor Malcolm know that he’s not sharing? When Tess’s house is vandalised, the accusations fly. She only has a few new friends. Who has she upset that much?

“Fresh, funny and wise. Jane Wenham-Jones has real insight into the stretched generation.” Katie Fforde.

100 Ways to Fight the Flab - and still have wine and chocolate

‘My BMI is 22, my hip to waist ratio passes muster with the medical profession and given the right light, when wearing the right underwear, I have even been referred to as "slim". A small miracle given my alcohol intake, addiction to crisps and erratic approach to exercise....’

Jane Wenham-Jones offers 100 tips on slimming down without sacrifice. Ever started a new diet and found yourself reaching for the wine and chocolate within a week? Well now you can!

Quirky but useful, fun but factual, Jane’s approach is a unique mixture of everyday science, the right mental attitude and common sense strategies, designed to fit in with your busy life. With advice on “party weeks”, dressing to hide the pounds, and how to lose weight fast when a big date looms, Jane offers tactics that work where most diets fail. From eating a chilli a day to speed up your metabolism to doing quick bursts of exercise with rapid results, to simply thinking yourself skinnier, these tried-and-tested methods will see you leaner and fitter – while allowing for a daily fix of the foods you love.


Laura Meredith never imagined herself appearing on TV– she’s too old, too flabby, too downright hormonal, and much too busy holding things together for her son, Stanley, after her husband left her for a younger, thinner replacement.

But best friend Charlotte is a determined woman and when Laura is persuaded on to a daytime show to talk about her PMT, everything changes. Suddenly there’s a camera crew tracking her every move and Laura finds herself an unlikely star. But as things hot up between her and gorgeous TV director, Cal, they’re going downhill elsewhere. While Laura’s up in a heady whirlwind of beauty treatments, makeovers and glamorous film locations, Charlotte’s husband, Roger, is concealing a guilty secret, Stanley’s got problems at school, work’s piling up, and when Laura turns detective to protect Charlotte’s marriage, things go horribly wrong. The champagne’s flowing as Laura’s prime time TV debut looks set to be a hit. But in every month, there’s a "Day Ten" …

Shortlisted for the RoNa's Romantic Comedy of the Year 2013


This entertaining follow-up to the successful WANNABE A WRITER? is an essential read for every author and would-be best-seller, whether established or debut, self-published or still dreaming of the limelight. In today's celebrity-driven world, self-confessed media tart Jane Wenham-Jones, takes us on an uproarious ride along the publicity trail from getting the perfect promotional photo to choosing clothes to wear on TV. With anecdotes from Jane s own numerous media exploits, WANNABE A WRITER WE'VE HEARD OF? is packed with tips and tricks to help you get yourself noticed, gain maximum column inches and airtime and create online buzz for your books and projects. Offering advice and insights from writers, journalists, publicists and celebrities who ve been there and done that, this is the ultimate guide for anyone longing for fame and success. Includes contributions from Joanna Trollope, Richard Madeley, Tracey Emin, India Knight, Shazia Mirza, Kelvin MacKenzie, Lucy Mangan, Katie Fforde, Joanne Harris, Helen Lederer, Peter James, Carole Blake, Stanley Johnson, Sue Cook, Carole Matthews, John Hegley, Carol Midgley, Sam Leith, Lisa Jewell, Giles Coren, Robert Crampton, Tim Dowling, Mike Gayle, Marina O Loughlin, Suzanne Moore, Sir Roy Strong and Erica Wagner Foreword by Jill Mansell.


RAISING THE ROOF (Transworld 2001) Foreign editions in Germany, Russia; PERFECT ALIBIS (Transworld 2003) reprinted Accent Press 2007. Foreign editions in Germany, Russia, Holland, Greece, Estonia, Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria; ONE GLASS IS NEVER ENOUGH (Accent Press 2005, Reprinted Headline Accent 2020) Foreign edition in Germany; WANNABE A WRITER? (Accent Press 2007); WANNABE A WRITER WE'VE HEARD OF? (Accent Press 2010); Short Story Anthologies (contributor): SEXY SHORTS FOR CHRISTMAS (Accent Press 2003); SEXY SHORTS FOR LOVERS (Accent Press 2004); SEXY SHORTS FOR CHEFS (Accent Press 2005); SEXY SHORTS FOR SUMMER (Accent Press 2005); SHORTS FOR THE BEACH (Accent Press 2006); LOVES ME, LOVES ME NOT (Mira Books 2009); Charity Cookbooks (contributor) : Help for Heroes Cookbook (Accent Press 2009; PRIME TIME (Accent Press 2012); 100 WAYS TO FIGHT THE FLAB (Accent Press 2014); MUM IN THE MIDDLE (Harper Collins 2018); The Big Five O (Harper Collins 2019) Foreign edition in Slovenia