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Sophie Kinsella - Author

About the Author

Sophie Kinsella is an international bestselling writer. She is the author of many number one bestsellers, including the hugely popular Shopaholic series. She has also written seven bestselling novels as Madeleine Wickham. She lives in London with her husband and family.

A Q&A with Sophie about her novel, Finding Audrey

Why did you decide to write a YA novel?

I had in my head three characters: Audrey, a teenage girl with social anxiety; Frank, a teenage boy with a computer game obsession; and Anne, their mother, trying to control and support her family as best she can. I wanted to write a book with both pathos and comedy. As I started to tell Audrey's story, it became apparent that I was telling a story which would appeal to young adults, and it turned into a young adult book. However, I think of it also as a book for anyone who has suffered from anxiety or bullying, played computer games, had a child who plays too many computer games . . . or just lived in a family! 

How did you come up with the character of Audrey?

Creating Audrey was one of those flashes of inspiration. As soon as I started to think about her, she seemed fully formed. I could see her and hear her and was desperate to write about her. She suffers from social anxiety, a condition I know about, but she also has a positive, quirky worldview and a great sense of humor. I'm very familiar with teenagers, having two of my own — but most importantly, I remember being a teenager myself. 

What do you hope readers take away from the book? 

I hope readers laugh and are touched and most of all are inspired by Audrey's journey. She is so brave and good-humored, and her story is a positive one. I hope that anyone suffering from anxiety, bullying, or even just teenage woes can take heart from her. I also hope the book entertains parents of teens. I think they'll read it in quite a different way!

Featured books by Sophie Kinsella

Mummy Fairy and Me

Mummy Fairy and Me

7+ readers

Author: Sophie Kinsella Format: Paperback Release Date: 22/02/2018

Hello. I'm called Ella Brook and I live in a town called Cherrywood. I have blue eyes and dark brown hair. My best friends at school are Tom and Lenka. My worst enemy is Zoe. And then there is my mummy. She looks normal, like any other mummy . . . but she's not. Because she can turn into a fairy. She just has to shut her eyes tight, say 'Marshmallow' . . . and POOF! She's Mummy Fairy. Ella's family have a big secret . . . her mummy is a fairy! She can do amazing spells with her computawand to make delicious cupcakes, create the perfect birthday party and cause chaos at the supermarket. But sometimes the spells go a bit wrong and that's when Ella comes to the rescue! Magic and mayhem in this sweet and funny new series for 5-7 year olds from global bestselling author Sophie Kinsella.

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Other books by Sophie Kinsella

Can You Keep A Secret?

Can You Keep A Secret?

Author: Sophie Kinsella Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2019

The hilarious romantic comedy from NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR Sophie Kinsella . . . soon to be a major motion picture! Emma is like every girl in the world. She has a few little secrets. Secrets from her mother: 1. I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom to Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching TV.

Christmas Shopaholic

Christmas Shopaholic

Author: Sophie Kinsella Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2019

Celebrate Christmas with the ultimate Shopaholic! A Sunday Times bestseller. Longlisted for the Comedy Women In Print Prize 2020 The brilliant laugh-out-loud festive novel from the Number One bestselling author. Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It's always the same - Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers. And now it's even easier with online bargain-shopping sites - if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted! But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky's parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she'll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong? With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper - surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . . Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas? ***** EVERYBODY LOVES CHRISTMAS SHOPAHOLIC: ***** 'Becky and Christmas is just the perfect combination, and this book is funnier and more loveable than ever' Jenny Colgan 'A perfect Christmas read, laced with humor, with plenty to empathise with. A joyful, funny novel' Catherine Alliott 'As sparkly as a Christmas tree and full of festive joy, this one's a total cracker' Lucy Diamond 'A brilliant, laugh-out-loud read' Woman's Weekly

Christmas Shopaholic

Christmas Shopaholic

Author: Sophie Kinsella Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/10/2019

Celebrate Christmas with the ultimate Shopaholic! The brilliant laugh-out-loud festive novel from the Number One bestselling author. Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood) adores Christmas. It's always the same - Mum and Dad hosting, carols playing, Mum pretending she made the Christmas pudding, and the next-door neighbours coming round for sherry in their terrible festive jumpers. And now it's even easier with online bargain-shopping sites - if you spend enough you even get free delivery. Sorted! But this year looks set to be different. Unable to resist the draw of craft beer and smashed avocado, Becky's parents are moving to ultra-trendy Shoreditch and have asked Becky if she'll host Christmas this year. What could possibly go wrong? With sister Jess demanding a vegan turkey, husband Luke determined that he just wants aftershave again, and little Minnie insisting on a very specific picnic hamper - surely Becky can manage all this, as well as the surprise appearance of an old boyfriend and his pushy new girlfriend, whose motives are far from clear . . . Will chaos ensue, or will Becky manage to bring comfort and joy to Christmas? AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW ***** EVERYBODY LOVES SOPHIE KINSELLA: ***** 'A gem of a novel' JODI PICOULT 'Funny, fast and farcical. I loved it' JOJO MOYES 'Life doesn't get much better than a new Sophie Kinsella novel' RED

I Owe You One The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller

I Owe You One The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller

Author: Sophie Kinsella Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2019

The irresistible standalone from Sophie Kinsella is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything . . . Fixie Farr can't help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It's how she got her nickname, after all. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer's owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU - but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour. That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help - and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don't go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time. Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs - from small favours to life-changing debts - and Fixie is torn between the past she's used to and the future she deserves. Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants? ***** EVERYBODY LOVES SOPHIE KINSELLA: ***** 'Left me giddy with laughter. I loved it' JOJO MOYES 'Life doesn't get much better than a new Sophie Kinsella novel' RED 'One of the most relatable books I've read in a long time, I couldn't put it down.' LOUISE PENTLAND (SprinkleofGlitter) COMING SOON the joyful new standalone novel from Sophie Kinsella: LOVE YOUR LIFE ***AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER NOW***

I Owe You One The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller

I Owe You One The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller

Author: Sophie Kinsella Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/06/2019

The irresistible new standalone from Sophie Kinsella is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything . . . Fixie Farr can't help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It's how she got her nickname, after all. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer's owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU - but of course, Fixie never intends to call in the favour. That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help. Fixie turns to Seb - but things don't go according to plan and now Fixie owes Seb: big time. Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs - from small favours to life-changing debts - and Fixie is torn between her past and the future she deserves. Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants? ***** EVERYBODY LOVES SOPHIE KINSELLA: ***** 'Left me giddy with laughter. I loved it' JOJO MOYES 'One of the most relatable books I've read in a long time, I couldn't put it down.' LOUISE PENTLAND (SprinkleofGlitter) 'Life doesn't get much better than a new Sophie Kinsella novel' RED

Mummy Fairy and Me: Unicorn Wishes

Mummy Fairy and Me: Unicorn Wishes

Author: Sophie Kinsella Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/03/2019

The third magical book in this wonderful series for 5-7 year olds, from global bestselling author Sophie Kinsella. My mummy looks normal, like any other mummy . . . but she's not. Because she can turn into a fairy. All she has to do is stamp her feet three times, clap her hands, wiggle her bottom and say 'Marshmallow' . . . and POOF! She's Mummy Fairy. Ella's family has a big secret - her mummy is a fairy! But sometimes Mummy Fairy's magic goes wrong, and it's up to Ella to help... In this third book of adventures about Mummy Fairy and Ella, you'll find: Flying cars Enchanted ballet shoes A unicorn in the kitchen And Ella's very own magical wardrobe! The perfect book to read with your little one!

I Owe You One The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller

I Owe You One The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller

Author: Sophie Kinsella Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2019

---------------------------------------------------------------- The Number One Sunday Times Bestseller 'A gem of a novel' JODI PICOULT The irresistible new standalone from Sophie Kinsella is a story of love, empowerment and an IOU that changes everything . . . Fixie Farr can't help herself. Straightening a crooked object, removing a barely-there stain, helping out a friend . . . she just has to put things right. It's how she got her nickname, after all. So when a handsome stranger in a coffee shop asks her to watch his laptop for a moment, Fixie not only agrees, she ends up saving it from certain disaster. To thank her, the computer's owner, Sebastian, scribbles her an IOU - but of course Fixie never intends to call in the favour. That is, until her teenage crush, Ryan, comes back into her life and needs her help - and Fixie turns to Seb. But things don't go according to plan, and now Fixie owes Seb: big time. Soon the pair are caught up in a series of IOUs - from small favours to life-changing debts - and Fixie is torn between the past she's used to and the future she deserves. Does she have the courage to fix things for herself and fight for the life, and love, she really wants? ***** EVERYBODY LOVES SOPHIE KINSELLA: ***** 'A shot of pure joy' JENNY COLGAN 'Left me giddy with laughter. I loved it' JOJO MOYES 'Life doesn't get much better than a new Sophie Kinsella novel' RED

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