Sophie Kinsella raced into the UK bestseller lists in September 2000 with her first novel in the Shopaholic series - The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic (also published as Confessions of a Shopaholic). The bookâ€™s heroine, Becky Bloomwood â€“ a fun and feisty financial journalist who loves shopping but is hopeless with money â€“ captured the hearts of readers worldwide and she has since featured in five further adventures in Shopaholic Abroad (also published as Shopaholic Takes Manhattan), Shopaholic Ties the Knot, Shopaholic & Sister and Shopaholic & Baby. Becky Bloomwood came to the big screen in 2009 with the hit Disney movie "Confessions of a Shopaholic."
Sophie Kinsella has also written four standalone novels which have all been number one bestsellers: Can You Keep A Secret?, The Undomestic Goddess, Remember Me? and Twenties Girl.
Sophie wrote her first novel under her real name, Madeleine Wickham, at the tender age of 24, whilst she was working as a financial journalist. The Tennis Party was immediately hailed as a success by critics and the public alike and became a top ten bestseller. 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.
She submitted her first â€˜Sophie Kinsellaâ€™ novel anonymously to her existing publishers and it was snapped up without her editors knowing that she was already one of their authors. It wasnâ€™t until the appropriately titled Can You Keep a Secret? was published that Sophie revealed her true identity for the first time.
Sophie Kinsella was born in London. She studied music at New College, Oxford, but after a year switched to Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She now lives in London, UK, with her husband and family.