No discussion of chick lit would be complete without mentioning the long-awaited novel from the genre's biggest star Bridget Jones's Diary author Helen Fielding. Olivia Joules and the Overactive Imagination features a new heroine, and, on the outside at least, beautiful, urbane Olivia couldn't be more different from the insecure and always-dieting Bridget. But Olivia's image has been carefully engineered: after her family died in a tragic accident, quiet Rachel Pixley of Yorkshire worked out, dyed her hair blonde and reinvented herself as Olivia Joules. Olivia works as a beauty and travel correspondent, but longs for the chance to write a real news story. When she's sent to cover the launch of a makeup line in Miami, she stumbles upon international intrigue and a mysterious, strikingly attractive man who may or may not be in league with Osama bin Laden. While the chain of coincidences, accidental discoveries and twists of fate that befall Olivia are a sharp departure from Bridget's more everyday dramas, readers will delight in Fielding's creation of another irrepressible heroine. Olivia's adventures, which include (as those of any proper spy should) interludes with sexy gentlemen and risky operations in exotic locales, make this book the perfect summer escape.

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