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Sophie Kinsella has been nominated for the Glamour Magazine Women of the Year Awards!

These awards recognise the achievements of women in all fields from film, TV and music, to business, literature and sport, and Sophie Kinsella is up for the Writer of the Year award for the brilliant Remember Me?

You can vote for your favourite Women of the Year now at the following link:

The winners will be announced in the ceremony on 2nd June. Good Luck, Sophie!

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101 Things to do Before You Diet – by Mimi Spencer
by Jonny on Mar 12, 2009 at 12:10 pm
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We at between-the-lines are feeling fabulous and it is all thanks to Mimi Spencer’s fantastic new book, 101 Things to Do Before You Diet. 

In 101 Things to do Before You Diet, style expert Mimi Spencer shares her secrets on feeling, looking and being slimmer… but without a diet in sight.  Style guru Mimi Spencer offers immediate solutions to make the most of what you’ve got, and teach you to understand that the woman you are now is just as fabulous as the woman you want to be. Mimi Spencer is a prizewinning fashion and beauty journalist. She is a columnist on You magazine and a contributing editor to Observer Woman and Grazia. She was editor of ES Magazine for two years following six years as Fashion Editor for the London Evening Standard.

Reminiscent of How To Walk In High Heels and French Women Don’t Get Fat, 101 Things to Do Before You Diet is the ultimate lifestyle book for women. The book includes chapters on: how to buy the perfect jeans; how to take a good photo; the secret of solution lingerie; how to stop bad eating habits etc etc.  To celebrate publication, check out below these top tips from the book!

To read more, get your copy now!

101 Things to Do before you Diet

12. The following things are not food, so don’t put them in your mouth:

“Hand-held snacks”, “snacks on the go” and “snack kits”. If you can pick it, dip it, pop it – do yourself a favour. Drop it. Similarly, if you have to unpeel three layers of advertising to get at the nosh, it’s probably not worth the bother

31. Drink more soup

This is a stunningly simple way to eat less and still get a warm, full feeling in your bones. Soup, according to research from Penn State University, is a great appetite suppressant because it consists of a hunger-busting combination of liquids and solids; simply eat it before a meal (in the traditional way) and you can lower your overall calorie intake by up to 20 per cent compared to a meal without soup. Read the rest of this entry »

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Natasha Mostert was last night named the winner of the book to talk about, a World Book Day poll to find a discussion-worthy contemporary book with word-of-mouth appeal. Her psychological thriller-cum-gothic novel Season of the Witch, published by Bantam, won 25% of the public vote, and its author Natasha Mostert received a cheque for £5,000 at a ceremony at Waterstone’s Piccadilly, London.

Season of the Witch beat off stiff competition from a ten-strong short list including a comic exploration of modern Welsh culture in Random Deaths and Custard; a memoir of a South Asian girl’s dating adventures Catch a Fish From the Sea (Using the Internet); a Chinese cop’s search for his daughter on the mean streets of rural England in Bad Traffic; and an account of seven years of travel in Wild.

The Book to Talk About poll was carried out to bring to light hidden gems amongst the thousands of books published, and to provide an alternative reading agenda to that dictated by critics and prize juries. Since the campaign was launched on the World Book Day website last November, more than 8,000 book lovers have voted online on the “talkability” merits of a list of 50 titles, selected by an expert panel of judges. The public’s short list of ten was revealed at the end of January.

Voters for the book online loved the mystery and intrigue of the book, and revealed that many a late night had been spent reading in to the early hours. Readers said:

“This book went from one hand to another based on the great comments after reading …everybody had great things to say.”

“Captivating story, well-researched, superbly written – what’s there not to like? A delicious read.”

“This book is the kind of book that you can’t stop reading till you solve the mystery in the story. Romance, drama and supernatural makes this book truly unique.”

A huge congratulations to Natasha and thank you to everyone who voted for Season of the Witch

Season of the Witch

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Exclusive: Dennis Lehane reading from The Given Day!
by Jonny on Mar 3, 2009 at 12:39 pm
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Mystic River, Gone baby Gone and The Wire are just a few of the international hits accredited to Dennis Lehane. In his new book, The Given Day, Dennis takes a step away from his usual psychological thrillers and heads down an altogether different path. Reviws so far have been fantasic…






This is a sprawling, enthralling novel… every sentence is a treat, every image vivid….an extraordinary freshness and vitality.
This is a book with Big Ambition written all over it: a thick, doorstopping, compulsively readable epic.
The Given Day stands in the great tradition of the American novel, setting an enthralling personal story against a great sweep of history. The result is epic, romantic and intelligent. I loved it.

The acclaimed author of Mystic River has produced a contender for the Big American Novel… not only a powerful, beautifully written novel, but the best kind of history lesson.
Wrenchingly suspenseful…A majestic, fiery epic [with] a rich, intricate story.
A brawling, brawny, muscular epic – exactly what great mainstream novels used to be.
[An] engrossing epic [that] carries serious moral gravity.
Although Lehane is keen to offer a complete historical portrait of Boston after the First World War, he does not stint on characters and plot either. It is an accomplished balancing act.
Dennis Lehane takes on the volatile beginnings of the American century and, like the master storyteller he is, effortlessly makes that vast canvas come alive. A rich and satisfying epic.
Beautifully written…ambitious and hugely impressive.
[A] brilliant historical epic. Lehane earned his reputation for writing crime thrillers…And the same hard-boiled skills – and sheer love of storytelling remain in place now he’s turned to something more ambitious.
This is history brought thrillingly to life and it makes for a captivating read from start to finish.
A grand historical epic that rather conspicuously sets its cap at the status of Great American Novel.

Following on from his triumphant Q & A session at Borders we have for you a real gem. Click the link below to hear Dennis talking about writing his book The Given Day and reading aloud from it especially for us at Between The Lines.


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WIN a luxury break to Dublin!
by Jonny on Mar 3, 2009 at 11:38 am
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WIN a luxury break for two to Dublin!

To celebrate the launch of Claudia Carroll’s fantastic new book, “Do you want to know a secret?”, we have teamed up with Oasis to offer you the chance to win a luxury break for two to Dublin! Plus, 100 lucky runners up will receive copies of Claudia Carroll’s fabulous books.

The luxurious first prize includes return flights with Aer Lingus, a two night stay in Dublin’s landmark Gresham Hotel, a fabulous meal in one of Ely Winebar’s famous Dublin venues, and VIP Dublin Passes to ensure you see all the best sights of the city!

What more could you want from a fantastic break?

Visit the Oasis competition page to enter, and to download your free sample chapter of this fabulous new book!


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Vikas Swarup at the Oscars!
by Kate on Mar 3, 2009 at 11:36 am
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We’re all still over the moon about the Oscar success of Slumdog Millionaire, based on the novel Q&A by Vikas Swarup, so imagine our excitement when Vikas sent in his photos from the Oscar ceremony itself.

See if you can spot the copy of the tie-in edition of the novel in these pictures!

 Vikas Swarup on the red carpet 

 Vikas and his wife Aparna with the young stars of Slumdog Millionaire

Vikas Swarup with director Danny Boyle and one of the Oscar awards

Read it now!

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