Sophie Kinsella

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Madeleine Wickham
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Born Madeleine Sophie Townley
(1969-12-12) 12 December 1969 (age 48)
London, England
Pen name Sophie Kinsella
Occupation Novelist
Nationality British
Period 1995 – Present
Genre Chick lit
Notable works The Shopaholic series
Spouse Henry Wickham
Children 5

Madeleine Sophie Wickham (née Townley; born 12 December 1969), also known under the pen name Sophie Kinsella, is an English author of chickaletta, more commonly known as 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.

Early life[edit]

Sophie was born on 12 December 1969, the eldest daughter of David R. and Patricia B. (née Kinsella) Townley.[1] 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).[2] Wickham worked as a financial journalist (including for Pensions World) before turning to fiction.[3]

Life and career[edit]

At the age of 24, while working as a financial journalist, 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)[1] was submitted to her 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 2003.[4]

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.[citation needed][5]

The most recent addition to the Shopaholic series, "Shopaholic to the Rescue" was released on 22 October 2015. Her most recent standalone novels are My Not So Perfect Life and Surprise Me. In 2015, she branched into Young Adult writing with her first YA book, Finding Audrey, published in June 2015.[citation needed][6]

A musical adaptation of Kinsella's novel 'Sleeping Arrangements' by Chris Burgess was premiered on 17 April 2013 in London at the Landor Theatre.

Personal life[edit]

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.[7]


As Sophie Kinsella[edit]

The Shopaholic series

  1. The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also titled Confessions of a Shopaholic) (2000)
  2. Shopaholic Abroad (also titled Shopaholic Takes Manhattan) (2001)
  3. Shopaholic Ties The Knot (2001)
  4. Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Free ebook short story) (2014)
  5. Shopaholic & Sister (2004)
  6. Shopaholic & Baby (2007)
  7. Mini Shopaholic (2010)
  8. Shopaholic to the Stars (2014)
  9. Shopaholic to the Rescue (2015)

Standalone novels[edit]


As Madeleine Wickham[edit]

  • The Tennis Party (1995) (re-released as 40 Love in 2011)
  • A Desirable Residence (1996)
  • Swimming Pool Sunday (1997)
  • The Gatecrasher (1998)
  • The Wedding Girl (1999)
  • Cocktails for Three (2000)
  • Sleeping Arrangements (2001)


  1. ^ a b Profile,; accessed 12 December 2015.
  2. ^ "Madeleine Wickham profile". Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Caldwell, Rebecca (21 September 2010). "Famous pen names". Chatelaine. Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  4. ^ "Biography". Sophie Kinsella. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Confessions of a Shopaholic release info". IMDb. June 20, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  6. ^ "Teen Reads". June 20, 2018. Retrieved June 20, 2018. 
  7. ^ "WICKHAM – Births Announcements – Telegraph Announcements". 15 April 2010. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 

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