Kate Harrison writes fiction and non-fiction for adults and teenagers, including the best-selling 5:2 Diet Book and Secret Shopper series plus the Soul Beach young adult trilogy.
Her books have been translated into 20 languages and her latest book is The 5:2 Good Food Kitchen. She also set up a group of 5:2 dieters on Facebook, which now has 34,000 members worldwide.
Before becoming an author, Kate worked as a producer and news correspondent for the BBC, and has also lectured on creativity and programme development in the UK, Europe and China.
When Alice Forster receives an email from her dead sister she assumes it must be a sick practical joke. Then an invitation arrives to the virtual world of Soul Beach, an idyllic online paradise of sun, sea and sand where Alice can finally talk to her sister again – and discover a new world of friendships, secrets and maybe even love . . . .
But why is Soul Beach only inhabited by the young, the beautiful and the dead?
Who really murdered Megan Forster?
And could Alice be next?
The first thriller in an intriguing and compelling trilogy featuring paranormal romance and centred around the mystery of Megan Forster’s death. A gripping new take on social networking – Facebook for the dead!
Alice Forster regularly talks with her dead sister, Meggie, in the virtual world of Soul Beach – an online paradise where dead teenagers are held in limbo.
Alice has learned that if she can solve the mystery of someone’s death in the real world, then that person is released from the Beach. Meggie needs Alice to solve her murder so she can be free, but as Alice is getting closer to discovering the murderer, the murderer is getting closer to Alice!
Someone is stalking Alice Forster. She’s sure it’s her sister’s murderer, but her parents think she’s cracking under the stress of Meggie’s death. Only in the virtual world of Soul Beach – an online paradise for the young, the beautiful and the dead – can Alice feel truly free. But there’s trouble in paradise . . .
Clouds are gathering.
A storm is brewing.
The killer is about to strike.
The final gripping thriller in this paranormal romance trilogy.
The Boot Camp
How far would YOU go to feel good about yourself?
It’s New Year and three desperate women begin the toughest week of their lives . . .
No booze, no carbs, no men, no excuses.
Steph invents puddings for a living – now the only part of her body she doesn’t hate is her wrists. Will she prove to herself – and her ex – that she can change?
TV presenter Darcy is living the dream – yet haunted by nightmares of a single night where she made the wrong choice. Can she let go of the past?
Mum of three Vicki is under doctor’s orders to lose weight – but it’s not the only burden she’s carrying.
Three women, seven days . . . and one last chance to change their lives for good.
The Secret Shopper Affair
Best mates Sandie, Emily and Grazia thought they’d be friends forever, but they reckoned without the dividing effects of men and money…
Shopping guru Sandie is on a roll, with a baby on the way and Toby, her posh totty partner, proposing every five minutes. But when she realises the legendary Garnett’s Department Store is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, she knows she’s the only one to save it, even though Toby’s mother seems determined to scupper the rescue bid.
For Emily, Sandie’s apparently perfect life is a bitter pill to swallow, especially as Emily’s been banned from having a second child by her boyfriend, Will, who is more interested in saving the planet than her. As the rifts grow, will she learn to stand on her own two feet, or give in to a new temptation?
Glamorous Grazia tries to play peace-maker but she’s facing her own big decision: whether to develop her new career as an erotic embroidery artist… or give up on her talent for the sake of her new, needy lover?
Can the magic of retail bring the secret shoppers back together, or is it time to shut up shop for good?
The Secret Shopper Unwrapped
Christmas is coming, and while the bells are ringing, the tills aren’t. But Sandie – the rising star of the retail spying world – is busier than ever, rooting out the best and worst in festive customer care through her company.
The former Charlie’s Shopping Angels are helping out, too. Glamorous widow Grazia is going undercover under the duvet at boutique hotels, in between dating a succession of toyboys and trying to remember which lie she’s told about her age. Meanwhile, not-quite-yummy mummy Emily investigates the child-friendliness of the high street with the help of three-year-old Freddie, when she’s not working flat out with her partner to save their fledging village shop from the un-festive credit crunch.
The shoppers are back, but is the happiness they’ve worked so hard for, about to disappear faster than a Louis Vuitton handbag in the Harrod’s sale?
The Secret Shopper's Revenge
New mum Emily wants revenge on the stick-thin assistants who laugh at her post-baby tummy and post-baby budget. But frumpiness has its advantages when you’re wielding a secret camera – and sending the damning footage straight to head office.
Store manager Sandie has a lifelong love of the world of retail – the glitz, the glamour, the stockroom. Then she’s fitted up by an ambitious assistant and secret shopping is the only way to keep her one passion alive.
Glamorous widow Grazia can’t leave behind the high life, despite her chronically low bank balance. The more she’s buying – and spying – the less time she has to mourn her husband or her fair-weather friends who’ve dumped her.
They’re Charlie’s Shopping Angels, controlled by a mysterious figure who sends them assignments. But when they’re sent to stitch up a doomed shop owned by Will, the angels begin to feel divided loyalties.
The Self-Preservation Society
Staying alive in the 21st century is a full-time job – one which self-confessed scaredycat Jo Morgan takes very seriously indeed. As a little girl growing up near Greenham Common Air Base, she stockpiled baked beans in case of nuclear holocaust; now she works in accident prevention, trying to protect the rest of us from conker injuries, killer tea-cosies and death by chocolate.
But she’s happy – well, as happy as anyone can be in these dangerous times. Fortunately her boyfriend Dennis, Deputy Chief Civil Protection Officer, shares her outlook on life, so everything they do together involves the minimum possible risk. From their social lives to their sex lives, spontaneity is not in their vocabulary.
Yet when Jo survives a hit and run accident, she realizes beaten the odds. Maybe a bit of living dangerously is just what Jo needs. But un-learning a lifetime of fears and phobias won’t be easy. That is, until she meets former World War II fighter pilot Roger ‘Frisky’ Freeman Van Belle, his mysterious grandson, and a rather hands-on doctor. Jo has a choice: Fight or Flight? She can carry on living half a life, or leave behind the people she loves. It’s the scariest decision she’ll ever have to make.
Brown Owl's Guide to Life
Shy, sweet-natured Lucy Collins is used to being pushed around. For the first eighteen years of her life, her widowed mother Judith ruled the roost. Now Lucy’s husband, her seven-year-old daughter and even Buster the cat boss her about. But her mother’s premature death leaves Lucy an orphan at the age of thirty-five. She’s devastated…but she’s also free. After a lifetime of being a disappointment to everyone, is it finally time Lucy grew up?
As she clears out her mother’s rambling house, Lucy discovers a trunk full of memories…her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were all Brown Owls: capable, no-nonsense matriarchs who were the leading lights of the Girl Guide movement. They spent their spare time preparing the next generation for their roles as wives and mothers with a mixture of campfire songs, sew-on badges and reef knots. But could the old values and frontier spirit now hold the key to help Lucy make the changes she needs in her life?
The Starter Marriage
Tess thought matrimony was for life, but her husband has decided that their marriage is the relationship equivalent of a starter home: cramped, claustrophobic and something he’s definitely outgrown.
Now, at thirty-five, Tess is in the biggest mess of her life. Known to all her friends as ‘Tip Top Tess’ because of her dogged pursuit of the perfect home, the perfect marriage and the perfect career, she’s now a candidate for How Clean Is Your House? And it’s all because Barney has walked out.
But there’s a life raft on the horizon: The Divorce Survival Class. It may be uncomfortable, overcrowded and nearly sinking under the weight of excess baggage, but it’s a boot-camp for the broken-hearted. Over eight weeks, Tess and her battle-weary classmates will lay bare the darkest secrets of their failed marriages – from the thrills of a threesome to the monotony of monogamy. And course leader William, an alchemist for the unloved and rejected, will turn their lives around in truly spectacular style.
Old School Ties
Your school days are supposed to be the best days of your life – and Tracey Mortimer has no argument with that. Sixteen years ago she was the most popular girl in school, ruled her own gang, and dated the cutest boy in her year. Now it’s all rather different: she’s 33, stuck in a dull marriage that’s only tolerable because her husband is rarely at home. And although she dearly loves her two children, a life of kids TV and alphabetti spaghetti is hardly exciting…
Then Tracey spots an advert from a TV company wanting to make a reality-style show on a perfect school reunion – giving Tracey the chance to re-live the good old days. But not all her old school classmates remember their school days quite as Tracey does. Tracey made Suzanne Sharp’s life hell – so what better way to get her own back than revenge, live on national television.
The 5:2 Good Food Kitchen
Bestselling 5:2 author Kate Harrison shares more of her favourite easy, healthy recipes with inspiring tips, life-changing stories from 5:2 dieters, and down-to-earth advice on achieving a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
THE 5:2 GOOD KITCHEN includes 75 new recipes with a wide selection of vegetarian, vegan and demi-veg friendly meals, plus dishes free from dairy, gluten and sugar. Like Kate’s previous books, every ingredient is calorie counted and the focus is on fresh, full-flavoured meals that can be easily adapted to suit anyone – with variations for fast and no-fast days. It also includes:
. 5:2 Food Heroes: forget over-priced supplements, Kate profiles the natural, inexpensive star ingredients that make you invincible on fast days;
. Inspiring case studies from people who are transforming their lives through intermittent fasting, with amazing changes to their weight, health and confidence;
. Practical advice on making sense of food scares and myths, from the truth about breakfast to the fat vs. carb debate;
. Seasonal meal plans for summer days and winter warmers.
THE 5:2 GOOD KITCHEN offers fresh, balanced meals that put healthy food at the heart of your life.
5:2 Your Life
5:2 Your Life demonstrates how the 5:2 diet can be more than just a weight loss programme, it is a way of life. The small weekly change can make a huge difference. And that’s what 5:2 is all about – taking simple steps, on just two days per week, which will have a powerful ripple effect on your whole life.
Now Kate Harrison, best-selling author of The 5:2 Diet Book and The Ultimate 5:2 Recipe Book, has taken her knowledge and experience to turn the diet into 5:2 Your Life: Get Happy, Get Healthy, Get Slim. An inspiring six-week plan will help you to take control of the things that matter most to you, from your relationships and your work, to your health, your leisure time and the dreams you’ve been neglecting. There’s even a brand new eating plan to help you lose weight too – with exciting recipes and guidelines on eating the 5:2 way for the rest of your life.
What are you waiting for? It’s time to 5:2 Your Life.
The Ultimate 5:2 Recipe Book
The 5:2 Diet is transforming lives worldwide. Thousands are losing weight, improving their health and saving money.
Now, The Ultimate 5:2 Diet Recipe Book makes this lifestyle easier than ever, with recipes that make food on your Fast Days a pleasure. It’s packed with easy, delicious dishes, from Great Start Breakfasts to International Favourites, Comfort Food, Super Soups, and even Sweet Treats.
This down-to-earth guide by The 5:2 Diet Book author Kate Harrison mixes great recipes with all the humour, money-saving tips and practical advice that made the first book a bestseller. It also explains the science and incredible health benefits of this simple, inspiring approach. This cookbook focuses on fresh, delicious and fast home cooking, with meals that taste nothing like ‘diet’ food. It includes:
. More than 85 recipes, all calorie counted, with dozens more ideas for adapting them to suit your life and budget;
. 5:2 Lives: inspirational stories and honest food diaries from real dieters, who share the secrets of their success;
. 5:2 Know-How: tips on everything from store cupboard suppers, time-saving gadgets and fitting 5:2 around family life and holidays;
. How to 5:2: an updated, easy-to-follow guide to how, and why, you can begin this life-changing plan right now.
The Ultimate 5:2 Diet Recipe Book is the only cookbook you’ll ever need to help you lose weight, boost your brain and change your attitude to food forever.
The 5:2 Diet Book
The 5:2 Diet will transform your body, your mind and your health. It’s the revolutionary part-time weight loss diet with lifelong health and anti-ageing results. This is the simplest, most flexible and most health enhancing weight loss programme you’ll ever follow – and with this book to guide you, you can start today. You’ll still get to eat all the foods you love but enjoy incredible health benefits, with positive effects on cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and more.
Intermittent fasting is revolutionising the weight loss world. Simply by eating significantly less for one or two days a week you can trigger incredible physical and mental changes that protect your body and brain from damage and help it repair itself.
And THE 5:2 DIET BOOK – packed with tips, science, recipes, inspiration and case studies from over thirty dieters – will help you join the revolution to lose weight, boost your brain and transform your body.
And it’ll even save you money, with no specialist diet foods or supplements required. No wonder it’s as popular with men as it is with women – and with first-time dieters as with weight loss veterans.
Journalist and former yo-yo dieter Kate Harrison has finally won the battle with her weight – now she shares the secrets that are helping thousands of men and women transform their bodies. THE 5:2 DIET BOOK is your comprehensive guide to the wonderful world of intermittent fasting.
. All you need to trigger the ‘healing’ mode that happens when you restrict your diet for as little as one day a week
. The incredible effects on your brain cells
. The transformation in the way you view hunger and food
. The cost savings you can make – saving pounds from your food bill as you lose them from your body!
. 5:2 your way – how to personalise the diet to your exact requirements and preferences
. Detailed meal plans, and simple but healthy recipes…
. Or ready-made suggestions for when you don’t feel like cooking
. Hundreds of real-life tips and success stories from men and women like you
This is more than another diet craze – it’s anything but crazy and it’s a lifestyle you’ll want to adopt for the rest of your life.
The training was really interesting. The course was good for thinking about the next direction.- Kate Harrison