Sophie Kinsella



The author of the Shopaholic books selects three priceless reads.



Sophie Kinsella (the nom de plume of British author Madeline Wickham) struck a chord with thousands of readers when she gave life to Becky Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic. Her eponymous heroine’s lack of financial restraint (and rueful acceptance thereof) has kicked off a set of comic misadventures that now includes the mother-and-daughter tale Mini Shopaholic, in which all sorts of delightfully bad behavior with a credit card are passed down to the next generation. Here, Sophie Kinsella shares with us three of her own favorite books.


Books by Sophie Kinsella





By Jane Austen


"Jane Austen is my all-time favorite author—she writes with such wit and elegance. Emma is a brilliantly flawed character and this book is full of insight and comedy—not to mention a wonderful romance."






Through the Looking Glass

By Lewis Carroll


"I've loved this book since I was a child. I was enchanted by the mixture of fantasy, mind-games, and ridiculous poetry. Humpty Dumpty has got to be one of the all-time great comic characters."






His Dark Materials Trilogy

By Philip Pullman


"This whole trilogy blew me away with its imagination and ideas. I was totally gripped and in floods of tears as I read the final chapter—a bit embarrassing as I was on a plane!"


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