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Confessions of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic Series) [Library Binding]

Sophie Kinsella
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Book Description

Nov 2003 Shopaholic Series

Previously published as The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic

Meet Rebecca Bloomwood.

She's a journalist. She spends her working life telling others how to manage their money.

She spends her leisure time ... shopping.

Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can't. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The stories she concocts become more and more fantastic as she tries to untangle her increasingly dire financial difficulties. Her only comfort is to buy herself something - just a little something...

Can Becky ever escape from this dream world, find true love, and regain the use of her Switch card?

Confessions of a Shopaholic... the perfect pick me up for when it's all hanging in the (bank) balance.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product details

  • Library Binding: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books (Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141766584X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417665846
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,062,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sophie Kinsella is a writer and former financial journalist. She is the number one bestselling author of Can You Keep a Secret?, The Undomestic Goddesss, Remember Me? and the hugely popular Shopaholic novels. She lives in London with her husband and family. She is also the author of several bestselling novels under the name of Madeleine Wickham, all published by Black Swan. Visit her website at

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On the face of it, Rebecca Bloomwood has it all. Confident, single and happily living in des-res Fulham with her best friend Suze, she's a financial journalist who spends her days writing articles advising other people on the importance of budgeting and prudent investing. Her private life is a different story though; Rebecca manages her own finances in a way that would make most of her readers' hair curl--for Rebecca is a woman on a mission--she just can't stop spending.
I look up and I'm in front of Octagon. My favourite shop in the whole world. Three floors of clothes, accessories, furnishing, gifts, coffee shops, juice bars and a florist which makes you want to fill your entire home with flowers. I've got my purse with me. Just something small, to cheer me up. A T-shirt or something. Or even some bubble bath. I won't spend much. I'll just go in and... I'm already pushing my way through the doors. Oh God, the relief. The warmth, the light. This is where I belong. This is my natural habitat.
As the plot unfolds, Rebecca finds increasingly bizarre and often highly comical ways to ignore her ever-growing debts and mounting pile of unpaid Visa bills and red bank statements. Got a bill you can't pay? No problem. Just take it out for a walk and deposit it in the nearest skip whilst no-one is looking. Need to justify that £120 velvet scarf? Don't worry! It was a snip at half price in the sale, so what initially looks like a splurge is actually an example of canny discount shopping. Rebecca's disastrous love life mirrors her finances. And her career seems to be taking a turn for the worse, too. That is, until she finds a financial story that really sparks her journalistic interest, and begins to spar with handsome and successful financial PR millionaire Luke Brandon. Witty, light-hearted and often hilarious, The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic is the ideal read for anyone who has ever found themselves mentally justifying rash purchases in their heads, or buying just one more pair of black trousers because they are so different from the other eight pairs in their wardrobe. --Emily Lowson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"I almost cried with laughter" (Daily Mail)

"This book is an indulgence that is definitely worth every penny" (New Woman) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious book that i couldn't put down! 11 Mar 2001
By A Customer
In one word, wow! I love this book - it's amazing. Becky is a qualified journalist in a job she hates (a mag called 'Successful Saving' - say no more) and has a huge problem in that she can't stop spending - she is infact a shopaholic! To make matters worse, she really can't afford to be shop so much, and the excuses she comes up with to avoid meeting the bank manager are hilarious! She just seems incapable of accepting responsiblity, growing up, and finding love. This book had me hooked. I read all 320 pages within 3 days - i just couldn't put it down. Literally! I would recomend this book to ANYONE who loves shopping, comedy, and books with an unexpected romantic twist to them.
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221 of 227 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Confessions of a Shopaholic 7 Jun 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is the same book as 'Secret dreamworld of a shopaholic'
(Although still absolutely hysterical!)
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CONFESSIONS 16 Oct 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had heard many great things about the 'SHOPAHOLIC' series but for some reason put off reading it. I think that maybe the title put me off a little bit, thinking that it was more of a diary that an actual story. Finally, after ages of hearing about how great the series was I borrowed 'CONFESSIONS' from a friend and boy was I glad that I did! This has got to be one of the funniest books that I have ever read! Becky Bloomwood is hilarious and I can completely relate to her irrepressible urge to buy whatever is put in her path! Immediately after reading 'CONFESSIONS' I went out and purchased it (so that I could have a copy of my own) and the following two books in the series and I devoured those too. The 'SHOPAHOLIC' series has skyrocketed to the top of my favorite series list and Kinsella is now a "must read" author for me. If you haven't yet read any of this series GO OUT AND GET IT TODAY, you will not be disappointed!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Sophie
Do you love to shop? Do you sometimes get an obsession to get the latest look? Well, Becky Bloomswood does just that! She stars as the main character in the shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella.She stars as the main character in the Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella. The books are about a young woman who is obsessed with shopping and will spend all her time and money on shopping!

Becky encounters a whirlwind of events and finally realises that her spending is getting out of control. Becky has been slacking on her job, getting deeper and deeper into debt from her outrageous spending, things just couldn't get any worse for her, that is until Mr Luke Brandon comes along and she immediately falls for him which causes even more events to spiral out of control...

Will all her problems be solved? Will she find true love with Luke Brandon?

This book is for all females and is aimed at teenagers and adults. With its humour and realistic storyline you just can not put the book down! Overall, I think this is a great read and I really recommend you read it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a real giggle out loud 3 Mar 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a real giggle out loud book. Great if you want a fun, escapist read on a miserable day. The heroine is ditzy and well meaning, and constantly deceives herself in the way we all do about overspending, and the financial scrapes she gets herself into are mad, but in places scarily believable. Although the story itself is eminently readable, the facsimile letters from the banks, credit card companies and stores are the funniest bit, and we find out even more about the heroine, Becky, from them.
All in all, this isn't the book for you if you're wanting great emotional depth and all that, but if you want to be entertained and made to smile, it's just the thing.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kindred Spirit 13 Jun 2002
By A Customer
I bought this book in the states last year to take on a three week European trip I was taking with a group of fellow college students and I have to say I finished the book within the first two days of the trip it was so good!!!! I just couldn't put it down. I completely enjoyed all the situations she found herself in and I could also completely relate to her shopping addiction. I was laughing so hard that some of my fellow travellers asked what I was reading and when I told them they lined up to read it. I think during the three week trip the book made it around to 5 of the women and then when I got back to the states I managed to convert four more people to the world of a shopaholic. I couldn't wait until the next book was going to be released in the states and I have to say I was not disappointed with that one either. I am eagerly anticipating the lastest escapade as I have pre-ordered the book and have another vacation in which to read it, although I have a feeling I will be trying to find something additional since I tend to read Ms. Kinsella's books so quickly. I can only hope that Shopaholic Ties the Knot will not be the end of what has become one of my favorite all time characters, which after reading Bridget Jones I would have never thought possible but hey miracles do happen. Anyway if you haven't read any of the books I HIGHLY, did I stress that enough, reccommend that you pick one up. You won't be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud until it hurts! 6 Jan 2006
wow! i could not put this book down. i'm not much of a reader, usually it takes me months to finish a book. but this one just hit the spot! it's a really easy read, especially great for holidays, or if you're feeling rubbish and need a chuckle.
the book's heroin, becky bloomwood, uses all the excuses in the book to spend lots of money. many such excuses i recognise. for example: 'i dont smoke, so just imagine all the money ive saved, so can therefore splash out on another 6 pairs of shoes!!'
so to all women who need a good laugh at how we all manage to get ourselves into the most rediculous situations... read this book! it'd make an exellent gift for a girlfriend, or as a treat for yourself.
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Published 1 day ago by holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!! Lovely holiday read !
Great book, thanks!!!! Couldn't put it down
Published 6 days ago by Annabelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book. The main character is so scatty, loves shopping and spends spends spends even though she has a job as a financial consultant!
Published 12 days ago by downleygirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Great read. So funny! Is my favourite of the serious because she does crazy things yet manages to be a great financial adviser! Buy it if you enjoy any genre of books AT ALL. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Tex
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book
Published 1 month ago by tracy
4.0 out of 5 stars Witty writing
I enjoyed this book and the musings of the main character as she tries to justify her spending problems.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent fast moving book with hints of reality mixed with fiction!
I loved the story line disaster and sorrow turning into the fairy tale ending, showing that we all like to step away from reality and move to fantasy but, we also have the... Read more
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I was not sure at the start as this is my first time to read one of Sophie Kinsella books but as I got into it I loved it now have to find out what happens just can't leave the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ann Lee Reid
4.0 out of 5 stars love this book although the front cover is not the ...
love this book although the front cover is not the pink version that i thought it was and was hoping to replace my previous copy with its the smaller orange cover book
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous, Dreamy and Shoptastic
Confessions of a Shopaholic is about Becky Bloomwood, a woman who has a love for fashion whether it is handbags or clothes. Read more
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