Longer lie-ins in the morning seem to agree with Fern Britton.
The former This Morning presenter – who left the daytime show in July – looked radiant as she stepped out in a burgundy shift dress teamed with on-trend ankle boots this week.
And the 52-year-old has maintained her slim figure, which she made the most of at the Women of the Year Awards.
While her work schedule has been more relaxed since her departure, Fern has still been keeping busy.
She has signed a two-book deal with Harper Collins and her first novel is expected in March 2011.
It is based on her experiences in the TV industry, in particular dealing with fame, and the lead character is a single mum who lands a high profile small screen job.
"This story comes from my 30 years experience in television," Fern said. "Are the characters based on people I have worked with – have any of the storylines actually happened? Or have I made it all up…?"
"Readers will have to read the novel to decide."
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