Smart and funny... Bourland walks the line between serious and comedy so deftly that anyone who has read a women’s magazine or caught an episode of America’s Next Top Model will understand the jokes and the lessons without conflict.
— Fortune, June 2018


A highly-polished satire... Hilarious.
— Sunday Times
The darker side of perfection is cast under the spotlight [in this] black comedy.
— Sunday Mirror
Sex. Drugs. Dries van Noten. A deft, smart, and hilarious debut.
— Wednesday Martin, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Primates of Park Avenue

One of Refinery29's Best Books of 2017 & May Must-Read

Funny, fierce, feminist.
— Sarra Manning, Red
— People Magazine, May Picks
A smart, satirical take on fashion and media that will have readers snorting with laughter.
— The New York Post
Had me hooked with its biting satire of the fashion world’s dark underbelly. And what a heroine! Anyone who has opened up a woman’s magazine and despaired at the content should read this book.
— Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

About Barbara

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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 in June 2019 in the UK from riverrun and Grand Central Publishing in North America. She is represented by Victoria Sanders of the Victoria Sanders Agency. 


"Fun and subversive." — Emerald Street

One of Refinery29's Best Books of 2017 & May Must-Read

PEOPLE Magazine May Pick

An Us Weekly Must-Read

Bourland’s delightfully snarky debut leans heavily on satire, poking razor-sharp fun at the beauty industry and the cut-throat world that Bess and Cat inhabit, and some scenes are laugh-out-loud funny... However, for all the outrageous (and eye-opening) focus on makeup, beauty, fashion, and of course, the desire to be thin, there are tantalizing glimpses of the vulnerability and insecurities beneath the surface... Death by beauty was never so much fun.
— Kirkus Reviews
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
— Big Issue in the North
Biting, funny, and brilliantly subversive; Bourland’s debut is like The Devil Wears Prada meets American Psycho.

Named as one of Read it Forward's 17 Books We're Excited to Read in 2017 and Favorite Reads of May

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

Publicity: Elizabeth Masters, riverrun (UK) 


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I'lll Eat When I'm Dead is also available in the US and Canada, now in paperback. It is also available in hardback, ebook, and audiobook from Audible. For US publicity, please contact Linda Duggins at Grand Central Publishing.