Sophie Kinsella is a British author who specialises in the genre of ‘chick lit’. She is probably best-known for writing the Shopaholic series of books, but she has released several stand-alone novels, both under her own name, and also under her real name of Madeleine Wickham.
Order of Shopaholic Series
|1||Confessions of a Shopaholic||2000|
|2||Shopaholic Takes Manhattan||2001|
|3||Shopaholic Ties the Knot||2002|
|4||Shopaholic & Sister||2004|
|5||Shopaholic & Baby||2007|
|7||Shopaholic to the Stars||2014|
|8||Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Short Story)||2014|
|9||Shopaholic to the Rescue||2015|
Order of Sophie Kinsella Standalone Novels
|2||A Desirable Residence||1996|
|3||Swimming Pool Sunday||1997|
|5||The Wedding Girl||1999|
|6||Cocktails for Three||2000|
|8||Can You Keep a Secret?||2003|
|9||The Undomestic Goddess||2005|
|12||I've Got Your Number||2011|
|15||My Not So Perfect Life||2017|
Madeleine Sophie Wickham (maiden name is Townley) was born December 12, 1969, she writes under the pen name of Sophie Kinsella and under her real name. The name Sophie Kinsella is a combination of her mother’s maiden name (Kinsella) and her own middle name (Sophie). She is the oldest child of three daughters, all of whom write fiction. Before becoming a novelist, she worked as a financial journalist, and it was here that she began working on her first novel. This novel (“The Tennis Party”) would be hailed by everyone and make her a household name, not to mention a bestseller. While at Oxford, she met Henry Wickham (who was the headmaster of Lockers Park boys prep school); he manages her affairs in business. Together, the couple has five children (one daughter and four sons) after getting married in 1991.
The author best known as Sophie Kinsella was born Madeleine Sophie Townley in London in 1969, the eldest of three girls. After leaving high school, Kinsella went to study music New College, Oxford, as she was an adept pianist and violinist. However, after a year, she changed her degree to PPE – a combination of Philosophy, Politics and Economics – a change which helped her gain a job as a finance writer, as her understanding of economics proved invaluable.
It was while working as a financial journalist that she wrote her first novel, The Tennis Party, at the age of 24, which was released under her married name, Madeleine Wickham. As far as debut novels, the book was a success, getting into the bestsellers charts and being lauded by critics. The Tennis Party was re-released in 2011 as 40-Love due to the success of Kinsella at that time, but also because the book is such a good read. There would be seven books in total released under the name Madeleine Wickham, before Sophie Kinsella became Wickham’s pen name of choice.
In 2000, Wickham, decided to write the first book in her Shopaholic series, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (or Confessions of a Shopaholic), under the pen name Sophie Kinsella, which is a combination of her middle name and her mother’s maiden name. The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic book became a huge international hit, but Wickham managed to keep the fact that she and Kinsella were one and the same for three years.
Since the success of the Shopaholic series, there has been a film made, Confessions of a Shopaholic, which combines the storylines of The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad, which starred Isla Fisher as the titular Shopaholic. Kinsella was on set for the making of the film, and was able to use her time on set to give her some background and ideas for Shopaholic to the Stars, which was released in 2014, five years after the Confessions of a Shopaholic was released.
Kinsella is married, with five children: four boys and one girl, and she lives in London, where she continues to write both her adult fiction and her new enterprise of young adult fiction, which started with the publication of Finding Audrey in August, 2015.
Sophie writes chick lit and young adult and writes the “Shopaholic” series, and some stand alone work. The novels that she writes under her real name are some stand alone works. She started writing under her pen name when she submitted the novel to her publisher anonymously and the novel was loved. Her work has made bestseller lists and been translated into more than thirty languages.
SOPHIE KINSELLA BOOKS INTO MOVIES
The novels “Shopaholic Takes Manhattan” and “Confessions of a Shopaholic” were made into a movie called “Confessions of a Shopaholic” that was released in 2009.
BEST SOPHIE KINSELLA BOOKS
For those readers looking to get into novels by Sophie Kinsella, this section will help with that. It will go over the novels “Confessions of a Shopaholic”, “Shopaholic Takes Manhattan”, and “Shopaholic Ties the Knot”.
Confessions of a Shopaholic: This is the first novel in the “Shopaholic” series and was released in the year 2000. Becky Bloomwood has a great apartment in the trendiest neighborhood that London has, great clothes in her closet, and socialite friends. She cannot afford a single thing that she has. Her job as a writer at Successful Saving magazine does not pay very well, and it bores her to death.
She is being hounded by the bank about all the money she owes. Becky tries not to spend so much, but all of her attempts fail. She tries buying something, something small.
She gets a hold of a story, one that she cares about; it is a front page article that sets off a chain of events. Events that will make her life over and those around her.
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan: This is the second novel in the “Shopaholic” series and was released in the year 2001. Becky has mostly gotten a handle on her spending, and now she has a successful career as a television guru. Her biggest problem at the present is getting her boyfriend Luke (an entrepreneur) to take her on a vacation. She tries to figure out how to pack light. Packing light is something that becomes something new when he tells her that he is moving to New York because of business and wants her to come with. She ends up in New York.
It is only a matter of time before she becomes a television celebrity, and they are the talk of the town. Nothing will get in the way, not even the bills Becky has in London. A disaster puts everything in jeopardy: her career, her available credit, and her relationship with Luke.
Shopaholic Ties the Knot: This is the third novel in the “Shopaholic” series and was released in the year 2001. Things are looking good for Becky. She is the best personal shopper that Barneys has, she and Luke live happily in West Village (which is part of Manhattan). Not to mention the fact that her neighbor is a fashion designer.
Suze, Becky’s best friend, is engaged; how is it that Becky does not see that she herself is not married? She has not really even been thinking about marriage, but then Luke asks her to marry him. Thoughts of bridal registries dance in her head.
Only one problem: two other people are trying to plan this wedding. Becky’s mother (who is overjoyed) has always wanted to throw a backyard wedding. She also wants the bride to wear the frilly old gown her mother wore.
Luke’s mother wants the wedding to happen at the Plaza, an all expenses paid deal that is quite glamorous. Both on the same day, neither of which Becky can really turn down.
Sophie Kinsella FAQ
Q: What is Sophie Kinsella’s real name?
A: Sophie Kinsella was born Madeleine Sophie Townley, but her married name is Madeleine Sophie Wickham. The name Sophie Kinsella came from her own middle name and the maiden name of her mother.
Q: Did Sophie Kinsella write the screenplay for the film Confessions of a Shopaholic?
A: No, Sophie Kinsella did not write the screenplay for the film Confessions of a Shopaholic. She was, however, on set for the production of the movie to act as an advisor. The screenplay was actually written by Tim Firth and Tracey Jackson.