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Bodice Rippers & Erotica Book Reviews: Sophie Kinsella

Madeleine Wickham (born 12 December 1969) is a bestselling British author under her pseudonym, Sophie Kinsella. Educated at New College, Oxford, she worked as a financial journalist before turning to fiction. She is best known for writing a popular series of chick-lit novels. The Shopaholic novels series focuses on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances. The books follows her life from when her credit card debt first become overwhelming The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic to the latest book on being married and having a child Shopaholic & Baby. Throughout the entire series, her obsession with shopping and the complications that imparts on her life are central themes.

For more information, check out Sophie's website. On 1 February 2012, Sophie has a new book our I've Got Your Number.


Remember Me
Confessions of a Shopaholic

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Tracy recommends as another Kinsella great read

Well Lexi Smart certainly has it all. When she awakens in hospital she finds that all her dreams have come true overnight. She is the epitomy of style, grace and success. But how did she get there, she remembers being a struggling assistant manager. Unfortunately she is unable to remember the previous three years when her metamorphasis occurred. All is not right though and Lexi realises that she doesn't really want that life after all and wants to find the real Lexi which makes her try and uncover what caused her to change. This was a great read and as usual just consumed it. Perfect holiday fodder.

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Tracy recommends as a hilarious read

Confessions of a Shopaholic is also published under the name of The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic.

Rebecca Bloomwood is a journalist that tells people how to manage money - unfortunately she can't manage her own and has a major shopping addiction. Her antics are hilarious in trying to escape the clutches of her debt collector and not let anybody at her office know she is fiscally challenged. Kinsella has a light hearted writing style that makes you laugh out loud with some of the things that Becky does - I mean we have all been there and bought something that we didn't really need, but at the time thought the world would end without it.

I wasn't a huge fan of the movie, thought it was just a bit of fluff and lacked some of the insight that Kinsella had in the book. The movie of Confessions of a Shopaholic was released in 2009 and starred Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy.

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