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Sophie Kinsella , (writing as Madeleine Wickham)
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14 Oct 2010

Chloe needs a holiday. She's sick of making wedding dresses and her partner is having trouble at work. Her wealthy friend Gerard has offered the loan of his luxury villa in Spain - perfect.

Hugh is not a happy man. His immaculate wife seems more interested in the granite for the new kitchen than in him, and he works so hard to pay for it all, he barely has time to see their children. But his old schoolfriend Gerard has lent them a luxury villa in Spain - perfect.

Both families arrive at the villa and get a shock: Gerard has double-booked. An uneasy week of sharing begins, and tensions soon mount in the soaring heat. But there's also a secret history between the families - and as tempers fray, an old passion begins to resurface...

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan; First Thus edition (14 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552776750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552776752
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,259 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lightness of touch and witty observation make this a perfect holiday read" (Sunday Mirror)

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An early bestseller from the fabulous author of the Shopaholic series

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly plotted and deliciously escapist 19 Oct 2003
This is a good book though not a great book. Once I'd put it down for the night, I didn't really care all that much about the characters. None felt all that real to me.
But what DOES work for me in Wickham's writing is her fantastic plotting. It's this that keeps you turning the pages. Plus she does brilliant walk-ons; the Australian nanny, Jenna, was fabulous with some of the best one liners. And I love how the main protagonist who caused the couples to be sharing a villa for a week was off stage most the time, invisibly orchestrating it, building to a climax where you long for him to get his come uppance but...will he?
Wickham's work is also incredibly middle class, if not slightly upper class. These are the problems of the monied; who among us has a mate with a massive five-bedroomed villa in southern Spain? And the hints that the local community don't much like the owner could have been taken further but weren't.
But an enjoyable escapist read that at times made me feel I was in the warm sunshine of southern Spain so either take it on holiday with you or, save it for the cold winter nights.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant idea! 15 Feb 2002
By A Customer
I read this book in under two days and found it to be extremely enjoyable. From the first few chapters I was hooked, eagerly turning the pages to find out what would happen next. This story seemed to have everything - from old passions to comical moments. Madeleine Whickham has created a great tale here, perfect for holiday reading (as long as you're not sharing a villa with someone you don't know that is...)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read 25 Sep 2007
I bought this book after having read Sophie Kinsella's books and seeing this on inside cover.
Very good choice I made. I enjoyed this book very much. It wasn't what I expected as the title doesn't give it much credit.
A very good read. Funny and believable.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book to read 19 Aug 2006
I read this book in under 2 days whilst on holiday in Cyprus. I couldn't put it down and thoroughly enjoyed it from start to finish.

I adored the 'Shopaholic books' and 'The Undomestic Goddess' by this author under the name of 'Sophie Kinsella'. This was the first book I have read which comes under the umbrella of 'Madeleine Wickham' and I now want to continue reading the rest of the books that she has written.

Easy to read and very enjoyable indeed - absolutely perfect when lying on a beach on holiday !!! (or even chilling out at home)
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another marvellous book from Madeleine Wickham! 17 July 2001
SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS by Madeleine Wickham is an education in how to write contemporary women's fiction well. I've loved all her books, but this is one of her best yet. Full of complex, realistic characterisation, and with a fantastic 'voice' and a beautiful turn of phrase. And her plotting is so simply yet so skilfully put together that as a writer myself it makes me sigh with envy. But not in a negative way. It's the sort of book that inspires me to do better and raise my own game, as well as filling me with ideas.
I strongly recommend anyone who loves good fiction to read SLEEPING ARRANGEMENTS. And if you read this review, Madeleine... please hurry up with your next book. I can't wait to read it!
Wendy Wootton
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A WINSOME, WINNING ROMANCE 31 July 2008
By Gail Cooke TOP 500 REVIEWER
If you enjoyed the Shopaholic series which Wickham penned as Sophie Kinsella, you'll relish Sleeping Arrangements, the story of two couples and their coupling.

On the distaff side of one couple is Amanda, a perfectionist. She has a new kitchen which is her pride and joy. She's wed to Hugh, who labors almost 24/7 to keep her in the style she wishes. Nonetheless, Amanda always seems to find something else that needs to be bought or done. They have two young children, but Hugh feels like he's on a constant treadmill. What he needs is a respite, a vacation.

Relief comes in the form of his good friend, Gerard, who lends the couple his luxurious villa in Spain.

Chloe also needs a vacation from making wedding dresses. Her partner, Philip, has worries of his own - he's concerned that the takeover of his company may cost him his job. This once happy couple is enduring a strained relationship. You may have guessed - help comes in the form of Gerard who offers Chloe the use of his Spanish villa.

Now, leave it to Wickham - Gerard has put both couples in the villa at the same time, and Chloe and Hugh aren't strangers - he's the guy who stole her heart some years back. What a mix-up or was it?

Sparkling dialogue, likable, amusing characters, sharp wit are Wickham's trademarks, and they're all at the fore in this winsome, winning romance.

- Gail Cooke
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read 28 Jan 2007
By Sue D
I have just finished this book and I couldn't put it down. Its a real page turner. The book is well paced and at appox 300 pages not too long. The story comes to a natural & timely ending which if a little predictable takes nothing away from the story. Would recommend this if you like books by any of these writers Jill Mansell, Katie Fforde, Carole Matthews.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Very light holiday read 30 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Another "Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham" (her real name), the plot of this book is quickly told:
Two very different families - one rich, one a lot less so - are involuntarily thrown together for a week's holiday at a luxurious villa in Spain because the villa's owner has double-booked the place.

Of course, it always makes for interesting scenes and conversations when people who otherwise would never mix are all of a sudden forced to spend time with each other.
Chloe and Philipp both need this holiday to get away from stressful situations at work, which have been affecting their relationship. Hugh and Amanda have no such worries; for Amanda, the biggest problem is to ensure her interior architect uses exactly the right shade of aquamarine for the walls while she is away and cannot supervise in person the redecorating of their home. Hugh tries to get to know his family better - he spends so much time at the office that he hardly sees his two little daughters.
The "poor" couple come with two sons, the rich family have hired a nanny (who will play her own part in making this an unforgettable holiday).

After they all more or less grudgingly accept that they're stuck at the villa for the week, everyone tries to make the best of it. This "best" of course involves a lot of drinking, as always seems to be the case in Sophie Kinsella's books for most of her characters. There are lonely walks to the next village, ending less lonesome than expected; overheard telephone calls in the villa's study and faxes seen by others than the intended recipient; shared meals never eaten; topless sunbathing and the first sexual experience for a teenager.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not a bad read.
First book I ready by MW, not a bad read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good holiday read
Loved all the characters the story was good and well written enjoyed it very much I recommend this book for a light hearted read
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2.0 out of 5 stars Silly book!
Started off well but towards the end felt as though the author had rushed to get the book finished and so the story became very silly
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4.0 out of 5 stars Touching!
really relatable book, great romance book! cannot wait for another Sophie Kinsella! favourite author by far, always simply enjoyable, can never put the books down
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4.0 out of 5 stars Holiday reading
Very readable. A very light read but the writing is good and you begin to care about the characters. Perfect for holiday reading.
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