Barbara Bourland
— People Magazine, May Picks
A smart, satirical take on fashion and media that will have readers snorting with laughter.
— The New York Post
A highly polished satire... Hilarious.
— Sunday Times
The darker side of perfection is cast under the spotlight [in this] black comedy.
— Sunday Mirror
Biting, funny, and brilliantly subversive; Bourland’s debut is like THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA meets AMERICAN PSYCHO.
— Louise O'Neill, Author of Only Ever Yours and Asking for It
Sex. Drugs. Dries van Noten... A deft, smart, and hilarious debut.
— Wednesday Martin, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Primates of Park Avenue
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Barbara Bourland

Barbara Bourland lives in Baltimore, MD. Formerly, she was a freelance writer for Forbes Traveler, Conde Nast Digital's, and a web producer for O, The Oprah Magazine,, and OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network. She is a member of the ITW, MWA, and Sisters in Crime. 

I'll Eat When I'm Dead is her first novel. Her next novel, Fake Like Me (formerly titled Pine City) is forthcoming Summer 2019 from Grand Central Publishing in North America and riverrun abroad.

Follow her @babsbourland on instagram (for pictures of her mastiff) and twitter (for updates).

Read her essay ON BEAUTY for GRAZIA, August Issue

Read The Price of Luxury: The Books Behind I'll Eat When I'm Dead

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One of Refinery 29's Best Books of 2017

A People Magazine May Pick

An Us Weekly Must-Read

Required Reading from the New York Post

Barbara Bourland deftly tackles body-image issues with wit in this mystery.
— US Weekly
Bourland fills her debut with terrific characters—Cat especially is wonderfully weird and well dimensioned—and a heaping helping of froth and gloss that will turn readers into industry insiders. Delightfully, playfully skewer[s] the fashion and beauty industries.
— Booklist
A compulsively readable, satirical romp with a sharp and vicious twist, I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD is a timely, smart, and perceptive mystery.
— K.J Howe, author of The Freedom Broker

Chosen for RED ONLINE's Best New Crime Thrillers to Read in 2017 and RED MAGAZINE's Best New Books for May

One part deliciously satirical send-up, one part murder mystery, I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD kept me reading and had me laughing out loud. This bold and wildly entertaining, in-your-face novel takes a clever and scathing look at the turbulent and ethically starved world of New York’s fashion publications, while signaling the arrival of Barbara Bourland as an exciting and savvy new voice in commercial fiction.
— Award winning international bestseller, and Denmark’s “Queen of Crime,” Sara Blaedel
There are tantalizing glimpses of the vulnerability and insecurities beneath the surface... Death by beauty was never so much fun.
— Kirkus Reviews
A smart feminist fashion manifesto packed with pulpy, sexy, murderous intrigue. Highly entertaining!
— Elizabeth L. Cline, author of Overdressed
I’LL EAT WHEN I’M DEAD is a reckless adventure in the world of starry-eyed models, dubiously-sourced drugs, anorexia and Instagram. But don’t let the frills and flashbulbs fool you. Barbara Bourland is here to show you that fashion is a deadly serious business.
— Mikita Brottman, author of The Maximum Security Book Club
Readers will devour this mystery... What at first seems a death by natural causes turns into a murder that will have you guessing at whodunit up until the very end...A fun, witty, edge-of-your-seat ride. FOUR STARS.
— RT Reviews


Thursday, May 17th 2018, 6pm

Hamilton Branch Library

An Evening With Sisters in Crime



On Sale May 18, 2017

Outside of North America, I'LL EAT WHEN I'M DEAD has another spectacular Cat-themed cover from riverrun at Quercus, so keep an eye out for this halftone demy paperback. 



Linda Duggins, Grand Central Publishing

Elizabeth Masters, riverrun (UK, Australia, and Commonwealth) 


Victoria Sanders of the Victoria Sanders Agency

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