Tuesday, April 22, 2014

S is for Sophie Kinsella

Born 1969

She was a financial journalist who didn’t much care for her job but since that was all she could do she slogged away at it, anyway. At least that's what she thought. Each day while on her way to work she’d read paperbacks. One day she thought, “I can write books like this.” And she did just that. At age 24 she was a published author. She went on to write six more books and all were a success. They were light fun reads you pick up on a holiday. Madeleine Wickham had arrived.

A few years down the line she felt confident enough to work on an idea that seemed ‘silly’. She went ahead because she wanted to try to write something funny and ridiculous. So she wrote a book about a girl who, like her, is a financial journalist yet is clueless about her own finances. Wickham was a tad embarrassed about her idea and was so unsure of how it would be received that she submitted it to the publishers under a different name – Sophie Kinsella – combining her middle name and her mum’s surname.

The book, Confessions of a Shopaholic, was a knockout success.
She went on to write five more books in the series while simultaneously working on stand-alone books too. Oh she’s prolific.

She’s hardly similar to her ditzy heroines. She studied at the University of Oxford where, after a year of studying music, she moved to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. That’s where she met her husband Henry Wickham.

About the Shopaholic Becky Bloomwood..



Kinsella's shopaholic heroine, Rebecca Bloomwood is a financial journalist yet her own finances are always in a mess. Even if she’s overshot her credit limit, or has loads of debt on her bank overdraft she finds herself in the poshest of stores buying things she might not even need. Yes she’s a Shopaholic.
I wouldn’t call Becky Bloomwood my favourite heroine. Each time I’d see her longing for that crazily expensive scarf or a madly out of reach dress I’d find myself saying….No no no.. stop stop… even knowing that she wouldn’t. And she never did.

Yet there’s something lovable and ‘nice’ about her that appeals even to a conservative Capricornian like me. Besides, she’s funny. Her adventures make for a delightful read. And so I remain a Kinsella fan.

PS: I’m thinking of writing a book because women authors these days are so darned pretty.
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It's a relatively lesser known author tomorrow from a neighbouring country - Bangladesh - this time. She delves into issues of war and religion like few have ever done.
So any guesses?
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This post is part of the April A to Z Challenge, 2014 for the theme AMAZING AUTHORS.


Also linking to the Ultimate Blog Challenge.


35 comments:

  1. I have seen the movie, but never read the book "Confessions of a Shopoholic". Really great! Never realized that she went under a different name. Very interesting write up.

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    1. Thanks Kathy, I hadn't known either.

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  2. I loved "I've got your number"!! :)

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    1. Me too Tarang. I thought it was such a sweet idea for a story.

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  3. You should totally write a book and for exactly that reason! ;) Sophie Kinsella is an author I discovered thanks to my cousin and I am ever grateful for that. What a warm, personal writer she is. I had no idea it was a pen name. Your posts are getting positively educational! Well written, Tulika :)

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    1. That compliment means a lot Shailaja. Thank you.

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  4. I've totally loved Becky from the first two books of the shopaholic series I've read, and that makes me love Sophie :) I'm yet to read the rest of the series :)

    And yes, this time I guess if with 'Lajja', but the only name that strikes me for T is hers', when you mention the country she is from.

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    1. It's another T, from the same country though.

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  5. I have not read her either!! So.. I have a long list now :) Lemme see how far I get this year!! Will keep coming back to your posts OM :)

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    1. Thanks Priya. I think you'll like her books - easy fun reads.

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  6. Love Sophie Kinsella, mainly because my Mom was a big fan and I enjoyed watching her read her books - she would keep on giggling and that was so delightful. I read a non-shopaholic series book by her called The Undomestic Goddess and loved it too! Have you read it?

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    1. Yes I have. With a name like that the books becomes irresistible, isn't it. I think I would have loved your mom, had we met.

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  7. Unfortunately not read her...but your posts has giveb me enough reason to pick up one!
    I can think of only Taslima Nasrin....
    And well T is you as well...you definitely should pen down a book Tulika!!

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    1. It's not her tomorrow. I think I misled you guys. As for that book - I don't think that's happening Aditi. Can't say I wasn't flattered though. Thank you.

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  8. heard abt the movie but these kinds are not my cup of tea

    PhenoMenon
    http://throodalookingglass.com/2014/04/succulent-ribs/

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    1. Lol Pheno, I would think not. What man can identify with an over the top woman shopper ??

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  9. Nope, haven't read her either :) But will definitely read your book whenever you write one, even if it is about shopaholics :) And like Aditi my guess for tomorrow's author is also Taslima Nasreen.

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    1. Oops.. That's not it. Guess this one's not as well known.

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  10. Never read her books nor have I seen the movie. Just goes to show that often our calling lies somewhere quite different. Thanks for sharing this author.

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    1. Yeah well that might be true Suzy :-).

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  11. I have read Sophie Kinsella and I have loved her bpoks although I never got my hands on the Shopaholic series.

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    1. If you've liked the others you might like these too.

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  12. I got the shopaholic books sday from book fair at drop dead sale.... I will read it after AToZ challenge!!

    ~S(t)ri
    Participant|AtoZ Challenge 2014
    Smile, it makes (y)our day!

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  13. I must really kick myself for not having read any of the Shopaholic books as yet! These books are in my wishlist since ages and I haven't picked up even one as yet!! :(
    I know whom we are meeting tomorrow. It is TN :)

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    1. If I know you at all you'll like them.

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  14. :( oh no I have to hide ...Now I really need to buy a lot of books after this challenge

    S for Safe-Random Thoughts Naba

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  15. I loved the movie... bt the books are in so manyparts that I couldn't get started. seems I too need to do a lot of reading.

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  16. I've heard the name, certainly (who hasn't?), but never read her books. Maybe I should give one a chance ;) Great story, though, about how she came to write her blockbuster series.

    Thanks for your lovely comment at Vidya's blog yesterday; much appreciated :)
    Guilie @ Life In Dogs

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    1. Thanks for dropping by. That was a lovely post!

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  17. Too cool. I've read almost all of her books and I think they are perfect holiday reading. :) Thanks, Tulika.
    On a related note, have you read Katie Fforde? Quite similar in style to SK, IMHO.

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  18. Hey thanks. I haven't. Must check her out.

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  19. Hey Tulika... Found a little free time to go through your a-z posts today...I 'll comment here first.. Sophie Kinsella is one of my favorites...because she gives me a good laugh...
    "PS: I’m thinking of writing a book because women authors these days are so darned pretty."
    Looking forward to see this come true..All the best..:)

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