|Pen name Sophie Kinsella|
Genre Chick lit
Name Sophie Kinsella
Period 1995 – Present
|Born Madeleine Sophie Townley
12 December 1969 (age 46)
London, England (1969-12-12) |
Movies Confessions of a Shopaholic
Parents David R. Townley, Patricia B. Kinsella
Siblings Gemma Townley, Abigail Townley
Education Putney High School, New College, Oxford
Books The Secret Dreamworld of a Shop, Can You Keep a Secret?, Finding Audrey, Shopaholic Takes Hollywood, The Undomestic Goddess
Similar People Lauren Weisberger, Gemma Townley, Isla Fisher, P J Hogan, Jane Green
Notable works The Shopaholic series
Sophie kinsella talks about writing her first book the tennis party
Madeleine Sophie Wickham (née Townley; born 12 December 1969), also known under the pen name Sophie Kinsella, is an English author of chick lit. The first two novels in her best-selling Shopaholic series, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad, were adapted into the film Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009). Her books have been translated into over 30 languages.
- Sophie kinsella talks about writing her first book the tennis party
- National writers series sophie kinsella
- Early life
- Life and career
- Personal life
- As Sophie Kinsella
- Standalone novels
- As Madeleine Wickham
National writers series sophie kinsella
Sophie was born on 12 December 1969, the eldest daughter of David R. and Patricia B. (née Kinsella) Townley. The eldest sister of fellow writers Gemma and Abigail Townley, Sophie Kinsella was educated at Putney High School, St Mary's School, Shaftesbury, Sherborne School for Girls, and New College, Oxford, where she initially studied Music, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE). Wickham worked as a financial journalist (including for Pensions World) before turning to fiction.
Life and career
While working as a financial journalist, at the age of 24, Wickham wrote her first novel. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten best-seller. She went on to publish six more novels as Madeleine Wickham: A Desirable Residence, Swimming Pool Sunday, The Gatecrasher, The Wedding Girl, Cocktails for Three and Sleeping Arrangements.
Wickham's first novel under the pseudonym Sophie Kinsella (taken from her middle name and her mother's maiden name) was submitted to her existing publishers anonymously and was enthusiastically received. She revealed her real identity for the first time when Can You Keep a Secret? was published in December 2005.
Kinsella is best known for writing the Shopaholic novels series of chick lit novels, which focus on the misadventures of Becky Bloomwood, a financial journalist who cannot manage her own finances. She is also known for her relationship with Luke. The series focuses on her obsession with shopping and its resulting complications for her life. The first two Shopaholic books were adapted into a film and released in February 2009.
The most recent addition to the Shopaholic series, "Shopaholic to the Rescue" was released on 22 October 2015. Her most recent standalone novels have been Twenties Girl (2009), I've Got Your Number (2012) and Wedding Night (2013). In 2015, she branched into Young Adult writing with her first YA book, Finding Audrey, published in June 2015.
A musical adaptation of Kinsella's novel 'Sleeping Arrangements' by Chris Burgess was premiered on 17 April 2013 in London at the Landor Theatre.
Wickham lives in London with her husband, Henry Wickham (whom she met in Oxford), who was previously headmaster of Lockers Park boys preparatory school and now manages her business affairs. They were married in 1991 and have four sons and a daughter.
As Sophie Kinsella
The Shopaholic series
- The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also titled Confessions of a Shopaholic) (2000)
- Shopaholic Abroad (also titled Shopaholic Takes Manhattan) (2001)
- Shopaholic Ties The Knot (2001)
- Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Free ebook short story) (2014)
- Shopaholic & Sister (2004)
- Shopaholic & Baby (2007)
- Mini Shopaholic (2010)
- Shopaholic to the Stars (2014)
- Shopaholic to the Rescue (2015)