Surrey Life - - Literary Life - By Amélie Khel­laf- Govett and Jodie Kidd by Lucy Fo­ley

(£16.99, pub­lished by DK on Jan­uary 3)

Now set­tled - and run­ning a pub - across the bor­der in West Sus­sex, for­mer su­per­model Jodie Kidd spent most of her younger years grow­ing up in and around Guild­ford.

In this book, writ­ten with French personal trainer and nu­tri­tion­ist Amélie Khel­laf-govett, Jodie puts to the test Amélie’s sim­ple and fad-free ap­proach to a healthy life­style, which com­bines eat­ing well to cut down on sugar with re­al­is­tic weekly ex­er­cise plans.

“A big birth­day this year made me sit up and take no­tice of my body in ways I never have be­fore. I’ve been on a mis­sion to achieve more en­ergy and men­tal clar­ity, and to make bet­ter food choices. That’s what’s made me em­bark on this pro­gramme. I love Amélie’s prom­ise of achiev­ing the bal­ance so many of us need in our lives,” says Jodie.

Split into three, two-week phases, Bal­ance Your Life is packed with tips and ad­vice, and Amélie’s mo­ti­va­tional style en­cour­ages you ev­ery step of the way. You may never look at the friends you’ve just rung in the New Year with in the same way again af­ter read­ing this new novel, the TV rights to which have al­ready been sold. Set in the beau­ti­ful but wild re­mote­ness of the Sot­tish High­lands, it fol­lows nine friends as the cel­e­brate New Year in a lux­ury lodge dur­ing an evening of glam­our, glitz and ex­cess. But the next 48 hours see the fes­tiv­i­ties over­flow with ten­sion, open­ing old wounds, and ex­pos­ing friend­ship-de­stroy­ing se­crets.

The clock has barely struck mid­night when a bro­ken body is found in the snow. It’s not an ac­ci­dent. It’s a mur­der among friends. When a thick bliz­zard de­scends, the group are trapped, sur­rounded by wilder­ness and cloaked in sus­pi­cion.

No-one can get in and no-one can get out. Not even the killer.

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