Christine Webber originally trained as an opera singer but had to re-think her career plans when her voice professor commented: ‘Your voice is ok, but your legs are very much better!’
Musical theatre beckoned. There was some success. But not much.
However, eventually, in 1978, she became a news presenter for Anglia TV. At last she had found something she enjoyed that other people thought she was good at. It was such a relief that she stayed for 12 very happy years.
Next, she became an agony aunt for various publications including TV Times, Best, Dare and BBC Parenting. She also wrote a column for the Scotsman and one for Woman called Sexplanations.
During her ‘problem page’ years, she trained as a psychotherapist and started a practice in
Harley Street which she shared with her late husband, Dr David Delvin. That experience
greatly informed much of her writing. She gave up the practice in 2016, when he became terminally ill.
She has written 12 non-fiction books including How to Mend a Broken Heart, Get the
Happiness Habit and Too Young to Get Old, and has broadcast extensively over the decades
on mental health and relationship issues.
In 2016, she embarked on a fresh career as a novelist and has now produced three titles: Who’d Have Thought It?, It’s Who We Are and a re-written version of her first book published in 1987, In Honour Bound. She is now writing a fourth novel, which she hopes will come out in 2020.
She says: ‘Obviously, everything has changed a great deal since losing my husband, who was
the absolute love of my life. And the biggest change has been to return to Norwich after
twenty-eight years away. But East Anglia is where most of our close friends are, and I am
enjoying catching up with them all now. I am also becoming involved in charities and arts
events in the East of England, which feels like a very positive step.’