Gorgeous, feel-good debut of one woman's journey from rags to bitches...
When Jo Hill lands a job as a PA at GLOSS magazine, she thinks it's the job of her dreams. But it soon turns into a nightmare. As a mousy secretary with a penchant for giant bags of Maltesers and comfy shoes, Jo doesn't exactly fit in at the uber-chic office. Her boss humiliates her; her colleagues bitch about her; even the receptionist ignores her. At first, Jo's not sure why - is it her hair, her figure, her clothes Then she realises it's pretty much all of the above and that she'll never be like the sleek, glamorous girls flitting round the office in their Sass & Bide jeans and Gucci mules. Or will she Jo might be overweight and overlooked, but she's different in other ways too. She's bright, ambitious and smart, and what's more, she has a plan.
Reduced to tears for the umpteenth time by her boss - the gorgeous but vicious magazine publisher Joshua Garnet - Jo knows it's time for drastic action. She's had it with magazines and knows that 'discovering a whole new you' takes more than a manicure and a new MAC blusher. Jo's going to give herself the ultimate makeover and by the time she's finished, the magazine world - and Joshua - won't know what's hit them. Goodbye Jo, hello Mia - magazine diva extraordinaire.
Ilana has worked for a range of national newspapers, including The Daily Mail, The Sun, The Mirror, The Telegraph, The Daily Record and The London Evening Standard. She's also written for - and been featured in - leading magazines and websites, such as Grazia, Stylist and Glamour. She's previously been a columnist for New Media Age magazine and Absolutely South East.
She has also written four novels (all published by Orion Books in the UK), and is currently writing her fifth. Her last novel, THE GLITTERING ART OF FALLING APART, was shortlisted for the RONA Award for Best Contemporary Romantic Novel 2017.
Ilana is also a consultant (with a focus on high-level marketing, revenue growth and writing). Her current client list includes figures and organisations within national-level politics and international TV.