Ollie Quain has worked in television development, as a freelance journalist on women's magazines and as a copyrighter for the O2 arena. HOW TO LOSE WEIGHT AND ALIENATE PEOPLE is her debut novel.
Vivian Ward thinks she is in total control of her life. Actually...she's thirty five, an out-of-work actress who puts more effort into partying than getting good parts, is estranged from her family and emotionally unavailable to her boyfriend. Truth is, the only thing she's in control of is what's on her plate...But then she meets movie star Maximilian Fry, who's just as screwed up, and journeys into a world of celebrity even more damaging than the one she was already living in. Will image triumph, or will she realise that some of her answers lie within? A hilarious and thought-provoking novel about self-esteem and the cult of skinny...and what happens when you're funny about food but the joke starts to wear thin