Book news for the week of April 18, 1997

FIRST WIVES CLUB author Olivia Goldsmith can thank Bette, Goldie, and Diane for her new book deal. Even though her last two books performed dismally, Goldsmith has snagged $3.5 million from HarperCollins for her next two. ”Her popularity has increased manyfold thanks to the movie,” says her editor. Switcheroo, due in 1998, is about a wife and mistress who trade places; the second novel, a sequel to First Wives, is due in 1999.

LITTLE BROWN will pay Bob Spitz $350,000 for the first ”massively researched, full-scale, unauthorized biography” of the Beatles by someone not in the band’s camp. The manuscript is due in 1999.