Penny Avis & Joanna Berry

More reviews for Never Mind the Botox: Rachel


Star Magazine has reviewed Never Mind the Botox: Rachel giving it five stars and describing it as "fabulous fun", which is just what we hoped it would be! Now Magazine calls it "a sassy read that gives a real insight into the fast-paced life of a city girl" and Inside Soap has included it in their Entertainment Guide as the "book to be reading this week".

Heat Magazine reviews Never Mind the Botox: Rachel


We are thrilled that Heat Magazine has reviewed Never Mind the Botox: Rachel giving it four stars and putting it at No 2 in their "what you should be reading now" chart. They say "If you're bored of the usual chick-lit formula... the smart characters in a swish corporate world provide a fresh twist." To read the full review click here.

Penny and Joanna give interviews about life as an author


Penny has been interviewed by Financial News and Accountancy & Business about life after the City and Joanna has been interviewed by the Oxford Journal about life after Oxford University. Penny has been interviewed on Accountancy Age TV about her transition from accountant to author and they have also run an extract from Never Mind the Botox: Rachel on their website. Busy times!

A day of radio interviews for Penny & Joanna


We've been doing a number of radio interviews as part of the launch of Never Mind the Botox: Rachel. We were interviewed by BBC Manchester, Sheffield, Solent, Leeds and Guernsey where both of us have connections, and by Premier Christian Radio as part of their Mind, Body & Soul week. To hear the interviews click here.

Penny and Joanna on Book Blog tour


To celebrate the launch of Never Mind the Botox: Rachel, we have been "on tour" visiting a number of Book Blogs. Here's a sample of them that include reviews and interviews with us: The Book Mogul, Book-Love-Bug, Marjolein Book Blog. Thank to everyone who took the time to read and review our books. We are delighted with the support.

Never Mind the Botox: Rachel reviewed by Candis Magazine


Never Mind the Botox: Rachel has received its first review of 2012 from women's monthly lifestyle magazine Candis, who described it as "a rip-roaring read with plenty of humour... best with a chilled glass of Pinot Grigio". A big thank you to them!

To see the full review click here.

Bella Magazine covers Never Mind the Botox TV deal


Bella Magazine has covered our TV deal with Future Films, likening Never Mind the Botox to a UK version of Sex & the City. Wow, let's hope so! To read the article click here.

Never Mind the Botox: Rachel launches in January


We're very excited that the second book in the series, Never Mind the Botox: Rachel, will be published on 11 January 2012. We are very busy working on the launch plans - more on that after Christmas.

In the meantime, we wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This year has absolutely flown and we're really looking forward to publishing the rest of the series during 2012.

Accountancy Magazine profiles Never Mind the Botox


Accountancy Magazine has profiled our Never Mind the Botox book series in the Debrief section of their November issue. The second book in the series, which is published in January, features accountant Rachel Altman. A first for women's fiction we think! To see the article click here.

Penny & Joanna feature in Easy Living Magazine


We are very excited to be in November's issue of Easy Living Magazine, as part of a feature interviewing six authors about their journey from book idea to publication. To see a copy of the feature click here.

Alex selected for Gardners Christmas Gift Catalogue


We are thrilled that Never Mind the Botox: Alex has been selected as one of only 18 fiction titles for the Gardners trade catalogue "Christmas Gifts: our special recommedations for 2011". We appear alongside such an amazing list of other authors: Terry Pratchett, Philippa Gregory, Lee Child, Debbie Macomber, Anthony Horowitz, Victoria Hislop, Michael Connelly and Emma Donoghue, to name but a few. To see our entry in the catalogue click here.

Joanna featured in the Daily Mail


Joanna is featured in today's Femail section of the Daily Mail talking about the pressures of juggling a demanding career and family life. The article is written to co-incide with the launch of the new film "I Don't Know How She Does It", based on the best selling novel by Allison Pearson. To read the article click here.

TV Deal agreed for Never Mind the Botox series


We are thrilled to announce that we have signed a very exciting deal with Future Films to develop a TV series based on the Never Mind the Botox books. How exciting is that! See our TV Page for more details.

Product of the week in Cosmetic Surgery Today


Cosmetic Surgery Today has chosen Never Mind the Botox: Alex as their product of the week, describing it as "a rollicking summer read that will help you while away the time until cocktail hour in a whirl of glamour, romance and drama". To see the full review click here.

Never Mind the Botox: Alex available on iBooks


Never Mind the Botox: Alex, already available on Kindle, is now available on iBooks, the ebooks App for iphone, ipod touch and ipad. The digital revolution continues!

The Sun recommends Alex in Best Beach Reads


The Sun has recommended Never Mind the Botox: Alex as one of the six best "Books for the Beach" this summer, describing it as "chick lit with a welcome twist". How exciting and what great company we are in!

The feature ran in both the Sun Newspaper and Sun Woman online.

Closer Online reviews Never Mind the Botox: Alex


Closer Online are running a review of Never Mind the Botox: Alex on their showbiz news page! Click here to check it out along with all their other fab showbiz news.

Amazon recommends Never Mind the Botox: Alex


We have been forwarded a copy of an email sent by Amazon recommending Never Mind the Botox: Alex to readers looking for fiction books! It was a total surprise for us and we owe Amazon a big thank you. If you got the email, please do let us know via our Contact page.

Alex is Book of the Week in Best Magazine


Never Mind the Botox: Alex is Book of the Week in Best Magazine this week, the fifth women's weekly magazine to feature it since launch! We are very proud that they like it and so grateful for the support. Click here to see the feature.

A day of radio interviews


We spent a fun day at BBC Western House giving a series of regional BBC Radio interviews, covering everything from the shortage of women in the boardroom to why barristers wear wigs. The interviews have been uploaded to our YouTube channel - follow the link under the menu to see them.

Alex available from all major book retailers


All of the major book retailers are stocking Never Mind the Botox: Alex. Their prices and delivery times change every few days, as new stock is despatched to them from our publishers. Currently WH Smith is showing the best price with 24% off and Amazon is showing the fastest delivery time of Express Next Day. Follow the links on our Buy Now page for more details.

Never Mind the Botox featured in The Sun


Never Mind the Botox: Alex was featured in The Sun yesterday as part of an article about extreme cosmetic surgery, based on some of our research. Researching the series was such great fun but many of the examples we came across were so unbelievable that we didn't include them in the books, for fear readers would think we were making it up! To see the feature click here.

Daily Mail selects Alex as feature book


Never Mind the Botox: Alex has been selected by the Daily Mail as the feature book for a Summer Reads supplement published with the newspaper on Friday 17th June. Check us out on the front cover of the supplement and on Page 6, where we share our tips on things to think about before you have Botox. There is also a chance to win a Spa Day for two with The first 25 runners-up will get a free copy of Alex. For more details about the competition click here.

100 book giveaway with Pizza Express


We are delighted to be supporting a Working Lunch offer launched today by Pizza Express for 2 Classic or Leggera pizzas for £12.50. The first 100 people to use the offer will also win a signed copy of Never Mind the Botox: Alex. Now that's an offer worth shouting about! For all you budding authors out there, we also shared some of our writing tips.

To find out how to access the offer and win click here.

Joanna interviewed on BBC Radio Manchester


Joanna was interviewed yesterday on BBC Radio Manchester by Heather Stott. They discussed Joanna's experiences as a high-flying lawyer and whether our books feature any UFO's (one of the more unusual questions from our Manchester book signing!). To see the interview on Youtube click here.

Penny and Joanna interviewed on Talk Radio


We were interviewed today by Hannah Murray on the Talk Radio Europe Book Programme. Hannah was interested to hear how we wrote together and how writing compared to our previous jobs as city slickers. To see the interview on YouTube click here.

Alex reviewed in four magazines today


We are delighted that Never Mind the Botox: Alex has received lovely reviews in four weekly magazines today: Now, Heat, Star and Bella. To read the reviews click here.

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Radio interview with BBC Southern Counties


Penny was interviewed today by Sylvie Blackmore for BBC Radio Southern Counties. They discussed the inspiration behind the series, as well as Penny's thoughts on cosmetic surgery and our plans for the launch of Alex. To see the interview on YouTube click here.

Series entered for British Book Design Awards


We have submitted Never Mind the Botox for the British Book Design and Production Awards in the Best Brand/Series Design category. Results are out later this year.

Joanna on the cover of INCheshire Magazine


Much to her embarrassment, Joanna is on the front cover of the May edition of lifestyle magazine INCheshire. Inside they feature her journey from corporate lawyer to author, and conclude that it looks like being a happy ending. We think so too, and Joanna would like to thank all those people who have texted and emailed her over the past few days - she's been inundated!

Out and about at the London Book Fair


We very much enyoyed the London Book Fair, held from 11-13 April at Earls Court. The seminars in the International Rights Centre on TV & Film Adaptations and New Models for Book-to-Film Deals were fascinating. Great to catch up with our contacts too.

Win with


We are delighted to announce that we are working with on some exciting competition ideas to coincide with the launch of Alex in June. More details to follow soon.

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Publishing plans


Never Mind the Botox: Alex will be published by Matador in June 2011. Rachel will follow in November 2011, with Stella and Meredith being published in Summer and Autumn 2012. Once published, the series can be read in any order.

We are busy working on the launch plans which will be posted on our website as they are finalised - exciting times!

Amazing book covers finished


We have finished the designs of the book covers for the series and are totally thrilled with them. Our book cover designers, a fish in sea, have worked miracles turning our outline ideas into genius, style icon covers. Thank you and we want that bag!

Archive news


Archive news and media coverage for the Never Mind the Botox series is available to download. Click here for more details.



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