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The Heartbreak Cafe returns on Valentine's Day

21st Jan 21

The hit eighties series Heartbreak Cafe will republish in print for the first time in 30 years this Valentine's day.

Publisher Ellfie Books, an imprint of Ellingstar Media, will publish all six titles simultaneously on 14th February.

Joelle Godfrey, CEO of Ellingstar Media, said, "I adored these titles as a young teen and raced through them. They were the sort of books I'd read and read again. As a publisher I wanted to share the series with a younger generation."

While things were simpler in the eighties in some ways - no internet and no mobile phones - many things remain topical for today's teens, said Godfrey, from love to friendships to families. "At the moment, we are all going through a really difficult time, and I hope that young readers can find some escapism in this series."

Author Janet Quin Harkin is also the author of other hit YA series in the eighties, including The Boyfriend Club and Sister Sister, which went on to be a hit TV series too. In more recent years, Janet has written under Rhys Bowen for an adult audience. Her books include
the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness series.

On the news of Heartbreak Cafe being republished, Janet said, "I had always had a special place in my heart for Heartbreak Cafe. It seemed very real to me (actually it was modelled on a real cafe in Capitola CA) and I saw it as a place that was where paths crossed and people came out changed. In spite of its humour it had serious underpinnings and a message that is timeless. That's why I'm so thrilled to see it back in print."

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