NOW in it's 10th year, the Girls' Night In collection of short stories sets out to raise money for charity.
The charity War Child, aims to help children caught in armed conflict.
- Girls' Night In: The 10th Anniversary Collection, by various authors. Penguin, rrp $29.95
The world's bestselling "chick-lit" authors are among those who fill the book each year, guaranteeing an entertaining, easy read, as well as broken hearts, weepy women wondering how to lasso their knight in shining armour, and best friends supporting each other.
Authors this year include Marian Keyes (of Sushi for Beginners fame), Maggie Alderson (How to Break Your Own Heart), Cecelia Ahern (PS, I Love You), Cathy Kelly (Lessons in Heartbreak) and Candice Bushnell (Sex and the City).
There is Just Desserts by Monica McInerney, where cousins Libby and Sasha run a catering company solving entertaining problems.
From children's parties to corporate entertaining, this pair can handle it, just as long as the two orders don't get mixed up.
In another story, Keyes' Wishing Carefully, Siobhan writes her dream in a note and places it in a friend's Aboriginal dreaming bowl in - a sequence of odd dates with strange men results.
Siobhan did, after all, wish for a "fairytale romance" and this clever short tale unwinds with a nice twist.
Girls' Night In is a tome to drop in and out of, proving more worthwhile, funny and memorable than to meet some random man at a girls' night out.