Madeleine Wickham

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Madeleine Wickham

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in The United Kingdom
December 12, 1969




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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.


Average rating: 3.26 · 74,065 ratings · 3,991 reviews · 10 distinct works · Similar authors
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The Wedding Girl
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The Gatecrasher
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Sleeping Arrangements
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A Desirable Residence
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40 Love
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September 2011, Madeleine Wickham
"This English writer also moonlights as Sophie Kinsella, creator of the Shopaholic series. In her saucy comedy of manners, 40 Love, the nouveau riche play tennis and run scams." ...More

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“Knowing a person isn't like knowing a string of facts. It's more like...a feeling.”
Madeleine Wickham, The Wedding Girl

“A tree falls in the forest, thought Roxanne, staring bleakly out of the window. A man tells a woman he loves her. But if no-one is present to hear it does he really make a sound? Did it really happen?”
Madeleine Wickham, Cocktails for Three

“I'll never stop wondering, you know. What could have been. If we'd stayed together, all those years ago. We might have come here to this villa, as husband and wife. With Sam. I might have had Sam as my son."
"You might."
"We might have had six children together."
"Six! I'm not sure about that."
"The worst things is... The worst thing is, we probably would have become discontented. After a few years. We probably would have lain here in the sun, feeling a little bored, wondering if we did the right thing in marrying each other. Not realizing how bloody lucky we were..."
"It's late. We should get some rest."
"We make so many decisions over a lifetime. Some turn out to be unimportant...and some turn out to be the key to everything. If only we knew their significance at the time. If only we knew what we were throwing away.”
Madeleine Wickham, Sleeping Arrangements

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