Kushti Consulting announces the paperback launch of Helen Fielding’s novel, OLIVIA JOULES AND THE OVERACTIVE IMAGINATION
To be launched this month, this Picador spy thriller will retail at £7.99 and is set to be this summer’s most popular read.
With Olivia Joules, Helen Fielding, (the creator of Bridget Jones), has created a new heroine for the noughties. While Bridget Jones is the woman that most are, Olivia is the woman many aspire to be. Olivia is the girl Bridget could have become had she chosen to ignore the biological clock, dumped Mark Darcy and aspirations of marital joy and instead, developed an overactive imagination and a hot-headed desire to see and save the world.
Born Rachel Pixley from Worksop, the transformation from Rachel to Olivia occurred after the fourteen year-old Rachel witnessed the death of all her family while walking across a crossing. Rachel seized the opportunity to change her life and become Olivia Joules – homage to the French-sounding unit of kinetic energy she remembered from physics lessons.
Cue Olivia: “A charming, attractive, ambitious multi-lingual journalist. Give her a false name, a hat pin, a button compass, a (press) junket to cover a face-cream launch in Miami and her own set of Rules for Life that fall between The Ten Commandments and a Maggie Alderson column. (Rule 12: When overwhelmed by disaster, check if it’s really a disaster by doing the following: A. Think, “Oh fuck it”. B. Look on the bright side, and if that doesn’t work, look on the funny side.) Add a mysterious French playboy who might be Osama Bin Laden in disguise, depending on your imagination, and you have the making of a Bond-style thriller, complete with terrorist plots, Caribbean scuba-diving scuffles, soirees on private islands, and an elaborate plot that builds to an ultimately satisfying Hollywood crescendo.” – SMH
Notes to editors:
Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination inspires many feature ideas so please contact us if you are interested in any of the following including case studies, interviewees and expert views:
What will a journalist equipped with gadgets from the Spy Shop and an overactive imagination discover on a day out in London?
A look at women’s women and men’s women including a psychologist’s view and a table of celebrities who fall into various camps
Roll call: Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Yasmin Le Bon, Jennifer Ellison, Nicole Kidman, Catherine Zeta Jones, Jordan, Abby Titmus, Cherie Blair, Nicole Kidman, Margaret Thatcher, Kiera Knightley, Kate Moss, Cameron Diaz, Cat Deely, Denise van Outen, Louise Rednapp, Kerry McFadden, Renee Zellweger, Tara Palmer Tompkinson, Brigit Bardot, Caprice, Penny Lancaster, Rachel Hunter, Marge Simpson, Bridget Jones, Jennie Frost, Madonna.
Feature exploring women’s intuition, including case studies and women’s experiences.
Anyone can go undercover simply and successfully. Discover how to, including tips and advice from detectives.
Ten best holidays in the world to remain anonymous
Career focus including profiles of female spies through the ages – from Mata Hari to Christine Keeler and Josephine Baker – women who have used feminine wiles to get information
Interviews with women who have travelled each way, their experiences of how people treat them and view them, when they were happiest and why?
Feature exploring the differences between male and female spies – when female characteristics win the day
For further information, please contact:
Jane Austin and Ola Wright at Kushti Consulting
Tel: 0207 485 7440/07971 193 396
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