Laura Dennison and Eve Simmons book debunking myths about food has been signed by Mitchell Beazley

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Founders of the website and blog Not Plant Based, Laura Dennison and Eve Simmons’s book EAT IT ANYWAY has been acquired by Mitchell Beazley (part of the Octopus Publishing Group).

Hattie Grunewald has sold World English Language rights to Editorial Director Eleanor Maxfield. It will be published on 17th January at £10.99.

Not Plant Based are on a mission to help you love food again. The principle is very simple: eat what you like and don't worry about it. This is a game-changing narrative for anyone who has struggled to find a balance between healthy and happy, between empty and full. The definition of 'healthy eating' has been chewed up, spat out and re-digested enough times to make Joe and Josephine Public give up and seek out their nearest branch of McDonald's. Our mindless obsession with eating 'right' is such that we're now more concerned about what our Instagram followers think of a poorly lit picture of our dinner than we are of its effect on our own palate. Or, indeed, our happiness. We seem to be living in a time where we no longer eat with our hearts, emotions or heritage – but with our waistlines (and followers) in mind.

Throughout the book, Eve and Laura call on experts to debunk myths and provide a balanced exploration of our attitude towards food, with some delicious recipes thrown in along the way from food heroes such as Ruby Tandoh, The Hairy Bikers, and Angela Hartnett. They discuss their own experiences of eating disorders and offer personal tips and coping mechanisms to help rid you of anxiety linked to food. No one is saying healthy eating is bad; there is simply a lot of misleading information out there. More to the point, food is so much more than just healthy eating: it’s family, friends, enjoyment and memories.

From sugar to fat, clean eating and the #fitspo generation, chapters call out the fads, debunk myths and teach you how to reinstate food happiness. It’s a menu that’s especially delicious, “guilt-free” and requires a hell of a lot less money spent in health food shops.

Eleanor Maxfield said of the acquisition ‘I am incredibly proud to be part of such an important message about the relationship between food and anxiety. Readers will relate to this powerful, yet accessible journey through our relationship with eating, and Eve and Laura’s vital advice can help all of us. Long live cake.’  

Laura Dennison said EAT IT ANYWAY is the book I wish I had when I was in my teens and tortured by food. Had it reached the shelves during my worst eating battles, I truly believe that I wouldn’t have wasted so many years desperately trying to look like anyone but myself. I can’t wait to see how many lives this book will change.’

Eve Simmons commented ‘It is beyond thrilling that Octopus has granted us the chance to spread our message of wholehearted food celebration to the masses. In our ever-unstable world of belfies, protein powders and fitspiration we feel our tale of the sanctity of a peaceful relationship with food couldn't come at a more perfect time. We hope we can help a nation of anxious eaters to feel the feel, harness it, and goddamn eat it anyway.'

About the Authors

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NOT PLANT BASED is a blog for the troubled eater co-edited by writers and journalists Laura Dennison and Eve Simmons. Not Plant Based was founded by Laura, after years of troubled eating led her to conclude that really, she will always love ALL food. Both Laura and Eve have suffered from eating disorders and are telling their stories to dispel dietary myths and help others reignite their passion with the grub they love, with the help of professional dietitians and medical experts. Particular passions include melted cheese, Kit-Kats and jacket potatoes. 

Laura Dennison is a journalist and writer with a particular interest in writing about the food she puts in her gob - most recently entwining her work with the subject of mental health. She previously worked as a digital reporter at the Press Association for two years - the UK's leading news agency - but now is a freelance journalist who dedicates most of her time to the Not Plant Based cause. 

Eve Simmons is a journalist and writer, specialising in women's interest issues. From Irish abortion laws to female autism diagnoses, Eve has written features with an aim to uncover untold women's stories. Eve is currently flexing her millennial muscles as Deputy Health Editor at the Mail on Sunday, and has contributed to publications such as Grazia, VICE, The Debrief, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Evening Standard and The Financial Times.

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Paul Finch moves to Orion  

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Sunday Times Top Ten and ebook number one bestseller Paul Finch will join the Orion list, with the author moving from Avon/HarperCollins. Tom Witcomb struck a three-book deal for World English rights with Emad Akhtar, publishing director at Orion Fiction.

The first novel in the deal will be published in January 2020 and is described as 'a standalone thriller with a killer high concept.' 

Akhtar said: "Paul is a natural-born storyteller and an author who I’ve admired as an editor and enjoyed as a reader. He’s already made an impact on the crime scene and I know he has huge potential to become a future star for the Orion list. It’s the perfect time for him to join and I can’t wait to start working with him." 

Finch said: "Being at Avon has been a fantastic experience. I've enjoyed every minute, and through the constant guidance of the editorial team there, I've been able to develop myself as a fully-fledged crime and thriller writer. That's something I'll never forget. It's completely changed my life. But change is something that keeps happening to all of us. And so moving to Orion, while a new direction, is already looking like an incredibly exciting venture. It'll mean plenty more books coming down the line, more action, more thrills. I can't wait to get going." 


Witcomb said: "I’m thrilled Paul and I have a book or three to share with my old pal Emad, even more so considering the vitality and wisdom he and his team have already shown. Paul is moving to a fantastic new home at Orion, where I know he’ll continue to be well looked after and to grow. Readers old and new should be very excited right about now." 

About The Author

A former cop and journalist, Paul was a writer for British TV crime drama, The Bill.  However, he is probably best known for his work in horror and thrillers. He has also written four Doctor Who audio dramas and his Doctor Who novel, HUNTER'S MOON, was published by Woodland Books in 2011.

Winner of British Fantasy Award 2002 & 2007, and the International Horror Guild Award 2007.

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Praise for Paul Finch and his novels:

 ‘Finch is a born storyteller and writes with the authentic voice of the ex-copper he is.’ – Peter James

‘An ingenious and original plot. Compulsive reading.’ – Rachel Abbott

‘A deliciously twisted and fiendish set of murders and a great pairing of detectives.’ – Stav Sherez

‘Avon’s big star…part edge-of-the-seat, part hide-behind-the-sofa! An excellent series.’ – The Bookseller

‘An explosive thriller that will leave you completely hooked on Heck.’ – We Love This Book

‘Edge-of-the-seat reading…Heck is formidable – a British Alex Cross.’ – The Sun

 

Two book deal for Catherine Miller at Bookouture

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Commissioning Editor Christina Demosthenous has acquired World English Language rights for two women’s fiction novels by Catherine Miller from Hattie Grünewald. Catherine was previously published by Carina (WAITING FOR YOU and ALL THAT IS LEFT OF US) and HQ for her novels THE GIN SHACK ON THE BEACH and CHRISTMAS AT THE GIN SHACK.

99 DAYS WITH YOU is a heart-breaking yet ultimately hopeful novel about Esther and Nathan, who meet in a doctor’s surgery while each awaiting a cancer diagnosis. Not knowing how many days they have left, the pair fall in love against all the odds – promising to make every moment count. It will be published in June 2019, followed by a second book in November 2019.

Christina Demosthenous said:

“I couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming Catherine to Bookouture. She has spun a spellbinding tale that left me reaching for the tissues and weeping – yet smiling and raring to live life to the absolute full. I cannot wait for this magical story to be out in the world, winning over readers’ hearts.”

Catherine Miller said:

“I've always admired Bookouture so I was absolutely thrilled when they loved my latest book and Christina offered to be my editor. One of the characters in the book has a reoccurring dream and this outcome has to be my dream come true! I'm so excited for Esther and Nathan to exist beyond the realm of my laptop and I know I've got the best publishing team to help my characters meet their readers, for this book, and beyond.”

PRAISE FOR GIN SHACK BOOKS

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‘I absolutely adored this book! Utterly enjoyable, uplifting and charming, CHRISTMAS AT THE GIN SHACK is heartwarming and feel good fiction at its very best. Highly recommended and best read whilst enjoying Olive's Christmas gin cocktail!’ – Alison Sherlock

‘This book was immensely entertaining, utterly enjoyable from the first page to the last and downright brilliant! Hugely inspiring and absolutely charming…THE GIN SHACK ON THE BEACH serves every single one of its five big fat gin & tonic stars from me.’ – My Book Reviews

About the Author

When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren't full enough, so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, WAITING FOR YOU, came out in March 2016.

Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons (Uveitis and Sarcoidosis) she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn't do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine's writing competition. Soon afterwards she signed with Carina. Soon after that, she collapsed in a heap and was eventually revived by chocolate.

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IAN BIRCH’S BOOK OF REVOLUTIONARY MAGAZINE COVERS, UNCOVERED, ACQUIRED BY OCTOPUS.

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UNCOVERED: Revolutionary Magazine Covers - The Inside Stories Told By The People Who Made Them by former Editorial Director of Hearst, Ian Birch, has been acquired by Cassell (part of the Octopus Publishing Group). The book is being published at Octopus by Joe Cottington, Commissioning Editor, with world rights acquired in all languages from Juliet Pickering. The book will be released in hardback on 4 October 2018.

UNCOVERED is an oral history of the stories behind the most ground-breaking and controversial magazine covers ever published, as told by the people who created them. Compiled by industry veteran Ian Birch, UNCOVERED gathers together the insights of the magazine world's most important figures, including high-profile editors, creative directors, photographers, artists and cover stars.

Featuring compelling and shocking covers from Vogue, Life, Esquire, The New Yorker, i-D, The Face, Private Eye, Time, Rolling Stone and many more, covering issues as varied as the civil rights movement and Vietnam war to the Trump presidency and Brexit debate, this is a unique social document celebrating and chronicling the art of magazine design.

Joe Cottington said of the acquisition, ‘UNCOVERED is more than just a book of magazine covers. Ian has used his incredible industry contacts to speak to the key people behind each cover – to get the real, fascinating stories of what happened behind the scenes, directly from people who were there. It makes the book both a beautiful visual record and a compelling social history. We’re delighted to be publishing it with Ian.’

Ian Birch comments, ‘It’s been a pleasure to work with Joe and everyone at Octopus, and a privilege to talk to the magazine industry’s most ground-breaking creatives. They produced covers that took risks, challenged conventions and, most importantly, triggered debate.’

Ian Birch is former Editorial Director of Hearst and Emap. He began his magazine career in the mid ‘70s as a writer/reporter on Time Out before focusing on music first at Melody Maker and then Smash Hits, where he was assistant editor for three years from 1984. His first launch and editorship came in the late ‘80s with Sky magazine; he then edited Us magazine for Jann Wenner in New York. He became Editorial Director at Emap in the early ‘90s, where, over the next 10 years, he helped to launch Red, Closer, Grazia and re-launch Heat. Birch then moved back to New York to become Chief Content Officer at TV Guide before joining Hearst as an Editorial Director working in both America and Britain on brands like Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Harper's Bazaar, Men's Health and Good Housekeeping.

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FEEL-GOOD SUMMER ROMANCE MY MAMMA MIA SUMMER ACQUIRED BY ORION

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World Rights (All Languages) for MY MAMMA MIA SUMMER by Annie Robertson have been acquired by Harriet Bourton, Publisher at Orion Fiction, in a deal struck by Juliet Pickering.

Orion Fiction will publish in eBook first on 7 June 2018 and as a paperback original and in audio on 12 July 2018 to coincide with the film release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again.

A joyous, heart-warming summer read, MY MAMMA MIA SUMMER is perfect for fans of escapist women’s fiction and ABBA alike. When her beloved grandmother, Marnie, passes away, Laurel is left with a small inheritance and a note telling her to follow her dreams. Turning to her favourite film for inspiration, Laurel grabs her passport, dons her best dungarees, and jets off to Skopelos for her own Mamma Mia adventure. Laurel is having the life of her life – could this be where she truly belongs?

Annie’s previous novel, I HEART NORA, about an aspiring screenwriter who pens a sequel to When Harry Met Sally, was published in Germany (Blanvalet), the Netherlands (Singel Uitgeveijen), the Czech Republic (Albatros) and Slovakia (Metafora).

Harriet Bourton, editor said: ‘This is an irresistibly fun, feel-good story that practically packs itself into your suitcase! I was craving a romantic, sweet-natured escapist beach read and in MY MAMMA MIA SUMMER Annie delivers that in spades – as well as being so timely with the film just around the corner. This book has taught me that what can’t be captured in an ABBA pun isn’t worth saying.’

Juliet Pickering, said: ‘This is a gorgeous novel, full of adventure and sunshine, and I can’t think of a better match than Annie and the Orion Fiction team.’

Annie Robertson, author said: ‘I'm thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Harriet and the fabulous team at Orion. I hope MY MAMMA MIA SUMMER will find a place in readers' hearts this summer.’

Annie Robertson trained in London as a classical musician, then worked as an assistant for an Oscar winner, an acclaimed artist, a PR mogul and a Beatle. After several years of running errands for the rich and famous, she went to medical school where, hiding novels in anatomy textbooks, she discovered her true passion for writing. She went on to complete a Creative Writing MA with distinction. Annie now lives back home in Scotland. When not writing she enjoys playing the piano, swimming with her son, visiting antiques markets with her husband, and walking her Basset Hounds.