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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (3 Jan 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409136655
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409136651
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Harrison is the author of fourteen fiction and non-fiction books, including The 5:2 Diet Book, The Secret Shopper's Revenge, and the Soul Beach trilogy for teenagers.

Kate was born in north-west England, and moved home more than a dozen times as a child. Despite writing many 'novels' at school (including a four-part thriller set in Paris), her careers officer told her she'd never make a living from stories, so instead she became a journalist at the BBC, working on news and current affairs programmes including Newsround and Panorama.

In 2003, she proved her careers teacher wrong, and published her first novel, Old School Ties. Since then, she's written more novels for adults (including The Secret Shopper series about undercover shopping, and The Boot Camp about extreme fitness!). Her thriller series for teenagers, Soul Beach, is creepier and more chilling, with a murder mystery and a frightening website to be explored (www.soulbeach.org).

In 2012, Kate set up a Facebook group with friends following a fasting diet, and later that year, she combined her own experiences and recipes, plus the group members' own tips, in The 5:2 Diet Book, which became a Kindle and print bestseller, and has now been published all over the world. Her Ultimate 5:2 Recipe Book contains delicious recipes and meal plans, plus stories from people whose lives have been transformed by intermittent fasting. In 2013, she published 5:2 Your Life, which explores how making tiny changes on just two days each week can make you happier as well as healthier!

She's currently working on her next adult and YA novels, as well as experimenting with more 5:2 recipes. Kate loves to cook, to read and to travel. She's lived in the Netherlands and Spain, before settling by the seaside in Brighton on the south coast of England with her partner.

Find out more and get in touch at www.the5-2dietbook.com and www.kate-harrison.com


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The author of the Secret Shopper series introduces three women from different walks of life to a boot camp. Harrison's characters, including TV presenter Darcy, are written with equal measures of wit and calamity. (BIG ISSUE IN THE NORTH)

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Three women, each with a reason to change their lives. But will they survive the next seven days . . . ?

From the bestselling author of the Secret Shopper series.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By cat on 28 Jan 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I absolutely adored this book, I often read chick lit but would rare few again- this is one I will read again. The book is split into a three way narrative that is incredibly clever and allows the book to flow seamlessly along the plot line while telling the events from the characters view points as they happen.

Steph is a girl who is trying to win back her ex-boyfriend by losing a few pounds, she is a character that you can really relate to and have empathy for. Like most women she doesn't see herself as beautiful but instead has let other people's comments grind her down and she needs picking up and to find out what she a) wants and b) deserves. Vicki is a mother of three who has had a bad time and is struggling to cope with her secret, finding time for herself and deal with the past. She is also desperate to succeed for her boys and show a warm side to being a mother while still maintaining who you are and not losing yourself as 'mum'. The third narrative is from Darcy who on the outside has it all, but in her world things are going wrong and is has lost what she wants and what she values.

Mix the three narrative characters with two sexy army men (who aren't leeches) and a martial arts trainer who likes the perks of his job a little too much, a bride to be, poor food and conditions as well as a massive snow storm you get the sheer pleasure that is this book. It is a delightful, easy read that is comical and fun while maintaining sensitivity and realism to events when required.

I loved it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F J Wathen on 30 Nov 2012
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Excellent characters in a setting which many of us should perhaps visit to get fit! The story was warm, funny, touching - love the fact that the author actually put herself through it so she could write from experience. This is the first Kate Harrison book I have read but will certainly read more.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buckslady on 14 Jun 2013
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Great characters and twists through this book. Loved it Kate! It gave a real sense of what a bootcamp was like in a light and frolicing sense.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Red Tracey on 8 Sep 2012
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I loved this book. I have read all of Kate's secret shopper series, and this book contains all of kates obvious love and understanding of all her characters. I love the fact that you really get to know and understand every character in minute detail. They become your friends.
This book also is very good at making you feel guilty at not having done any exercise and makes you want to get out there and have a go.
If you like Kate Harrison you'll love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cazazz on 18 April 2013
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could empathise with some of the characters who enrol for the Boot Camp for a variety of reasons, not all weight related. As they work through their various issues you can feel for them; I am not sure I could survive in a Boot Camp environment so was glad I was just reading about it. The author did attend one for research purposes so "hats off to her"!! The setting was great, it was well written, enjoyable, humorous and entertaining. Having read this book I will now try some of Kate Harrison's other novels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sharon TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Jan 2013
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After the new year excesses, although I have to admit I was pretty restrained this year, I'm sure that many of us could use a bit of a kick up the rear end to get ourselves off the couch to work off those extra calories. Although I don't think I would be brave enough to sign up for the Boot Camp as the three main characters in the book, Steph, Darcy and Vicki, do.

They each have their own reasons for being there, and couldn't be more different from each other if they tried, but in each other they find a kindred spirit to make the whole experience a lot more bearable.

Steph has decided that she needs the services of the boot camp to help her lose weight to show her ex, Steve, what he's missing out on since he dumped her...

When Vicki's sister enter her into a competition, as she thought Vicki deserved some pampering, I don't think she realised that this was not a spa so pampering is the last thing that Vicki will be getting during her six days at the camp.

Whereas Darcy was signed up for this by her agent to whip her into shape to re-launch her career and show TV companies that she can compete with the younger presenters...

As for the two instructors, as they are both ex-army, there is no way that these ladies will get off lightly. Staff Pepper and Staff Ryan stand for no nonsense and really put the ladies through the most intense exercise regimes that they could ever have imagined, it will be a miracle if they survive the six days in one piece...

I'd previously read all of The Secret Shopper books but the Boot Camp is the first standalone book by Kate Harrison that I'd read. It's a story full of really interesting characters, not just Steph, Vicki and Darcy, and I'm sure that there is one that could be you...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Aug 2012
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The Boot Camp tells the story of a group of women who all decide to go to a boot camp in the middle of nowhere to desperately lose weight! They are under the strict instruction of the ex-army leaders Staff Pepper and Staff Ryan, one mean and one friendly, and the men really do put the ladies through their paces. There is Steph, who has gone to the camp to lose weight and prove to her ex-boyfriend Steve that she really is worthy of his love; Vicki who won the space in camp in a competition but wasn't quite prepared for the lack of luxury she was expecting... then tthere's a television presenter, bride to be and her mother, and some hardcore camp go-ers thrown in as well... it's going to be a week of pain, but will it be worth it?

I really enjoyed the premise of this book, and found out after reading it that Kate actually attended a boot camp herself before writing the book to give it an authentic feel for the readers, and so she could actually know what she was writing about! A boot camp isn't something that I could see myself doing if I'm honest, too much like hard work lol but I was curious to read a book set at one, just to see if it is as bad as I was imagining! Kate tells the story through the multiple narratives of several of the characters, but my favourite by far was Steph, the lady doing it to try and win back her (pig of an) ex boyfriend, and prove she isn't just a fat chef even though she isn't actually sure that she is. After a few days, Steph starts to wonder if she's worth more than Steve, but can't bring herself to see that she is special. The other females each have their own insecurities, and these too are very well written, I myself felt the same things as many of them did!
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