Well, that’s been a rollercoaster of a six months… but there’s no excuse for not updating my news section sooner, so thanks to the email from Chris who asked if I’d given up? This is the only way to prove I haven’t.
This has, so far, been the year of 5:2 – if you don’t know what I’m talking about, take a look at my new, other website, the5-2dietbook.com. In the last news entry, I talked about how we’d published the ebook version in November and it was selling well. In January it began to do really, really well and now there’s a print edition which was in the Sunday Times bestsellers.
Plus, I’ve fulfilled a lifelong ambition and written a cookery book! I’ve always loved food but obviously as I am not a trained chef, writing a recipe book didn’t seem a very likely prospect. Then when people on the 5:2 forum and Facebook group began asking for one, it seemed like a great idea.
It was MUCH harder work than I’d imagined. No Nigella-style sashaying around the kitchen dipping manicured fingers in double cream: a) there’s no room to sashay in my kitchen and b) a diet anti-inflammatories recipe book doesn’t really call for double cream.
But it was fun, and a labour of love, and even if I did almost go mad with the calorie-counting, it was worth it. The Ultimate 5:2 Diet Recipe Book has just been published in the UK.
We’ve also been talking to lots of publishers outside the UK, and The 5:2 Diet Book is going to be published in many other countries, including the United States, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Greece, Finland, Denmark, South Korea, Russia, Taiwan and China! I’ll definitely post the covers when I have them.
And meanwhile, I am still loving the 5:2 life. I am down to my lowest, healthiest weight in years but loving the fast days as much as the feast days. Which can’t be bad…
Fiction-wise, the novel I was writing when 5:2 all began is still ongoing, and now the cookbook is out there, I am returning to the book with a new passion. More news soon. And, the final, scary installment of the Soul Beach trilogy, Soul Storm, is coming out in August. Can Alice discover who killed her sister without before the killer strikes again?
How’s that, Chris?