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The Shops - How Why and Where to Shop [Hardcover]

India Knight
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6 Nov 2003
Some people, the author included, love shopping so much that even the weekly trawl round Waitrose is a treat. In this guide and memoir, India Knight dissects the singular pleasures afforded by this favourite pastime: from dragging your mother around TopShop aged 14, to feeling your entire life would somehow be perfect if only you bought that battered leather sofa. Part series of essays, part lists of essential information, you will never wonder about where to get the perfect 2-inches-off-the-waist pants again. "The Shops" is a book for anyone who's ever had to part with cash, which is to say, a book for everyone. Full of crucial information, the book is designed to turn even the most reluctant purchaser into a devoted, converted happy shopper.

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Viking; Illustrated + Index edition (6 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670913731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670913732
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 16 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 674,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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India Knight is the author of three previous novels: My Life on a Plate, Don't You Want Me and Comfort and Joy. Her non-fiction books include The Shops, the bestselling diet book Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet, the accompanying bestselling cookbook Neris and India's Idiot-Proof Diet Cookbook and The Thrift Book. India is a columnist for the Sunday Times and lives in London with her three children.

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About the Author

India Knight's first novel, My Life On A Plate, was published in 2000 to huge critical acclaim. Her second novel, Don't You Want Me, was published in 2002 and received similar rave reviews. She writes a column for The Sunday Times, alongside other newspapers and magazines. India Knight lives in London E8 with her two sons. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fabulous 13 Nov 2003
This book is everything the other reviewers say and more. The funniest thing about it (apart from the fact that it is very funny indeed) is that I feel like it's my friend. I know this sounds mad, but I really love this book, in the same way that I really love my favourite handbag. I want to carry it around with me and consult it whenever I feel like I need cheering up. There's something sort of magically charming about it - you know how you have a favourite book when you're young and it gets all tattered and dog-eared because you can't stop reading it and take it everywhere with you? This is one of those. I haven't felt this way about a book since I was a teenager, and I'm a 35 year old woman!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love India Knight! 15 Nov 2003
By A Customer
Words cannot describe how fntastic this book is: Funny, informative, descriptive. A Bible for the modern woman - and her man!
I love India Knight. I love how she writes and what she says. Indeed a phenomenon - not that its saying anything that any self respecting shopaholic doesn't know already, but its so much fun!
I am recommending it to ALL of my friends!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'd give it six stars if I could 12 Nov 2003
By A Customer
This book is FANTASTIC. It's not only incredibly useful - she tells you where to get everything you might conceivably want, from ready-meals to beds to knickers -- but it's also a really FABULOUS read, like sitting down with your best friend and having a good old gossip about everything under the sun. The stuff about her childhood is both very funny and very touching -- as in her novels, you're laughing hysterically one minute and reaching for the tissues the next. Very quirky, very clever, makes you want to hang out with the author. And, not least, it's beautiful looking and will make a fantastic Christmas present for everyone I know, from my nan upwards. Buy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My best random purchase of the year so far... 14 Sep 2004
I bought this book on a whim, (I am exactly that kind of shopper), and wouldn't hesitate to advise everyone else to snap it up, especially now that it's available in paperback. The best thing about it is that there really is something in it for everyone - I'm positive you don't have to even ENJOY shopping to appreciate India Knight's sense of humour and confessional yet practical style. It's handily indexed, so you don't have to read it cover-to-cover - although trust me, you'll want to. Based on my family's interactions with it, women of all ages can expect to become intrigued, or perhaps, like me, swiftly addicted. Men, (be they husbands, boyfriends, sons, brothers or friends) looking for a treat for themselves or a well-chosen bargain/indulgence for the women in their lives may well find this an indispensible volume. Similarly, I prize it for having sorted out my Dad-present problems for life!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Suberb 1 Dec 2003
One of the best non-fiction books I've read in a long time!!! If you like Domestic Bliss you will adore this one. It's ironic and easy to read, the tips are excellent, shops recommendations are useful for those who live outside the UK - this book has a HUGE collection of internet addresses of the shops.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a joy! 10 Nov 2003
By A Customer
I happily bought this thinking it would be a glittery shopping guide, full of idiosynchratic little boutiques and heavenly make-up shops. And, fabulously, it is: everything from the softest baby blankets to the yummiest chocolates to the sweetest-smelling face cream. But, even more fabulously, it is so much more.
The shopping gems are peppered throughout in boxes, surrounded by beautiful, curly illustrations, but holding them all together are the most brilliantly-written, touching, honest, funny memoirs about the author's shopping life. Essays about buying her wedding dress, supermarket shopping with her mother, buying birthday presents, being a teenager shopping for clothes. And they are each one wonderful.
I had a blissful time reading this book, and in the run-up to Christmas it will, I fear, become very dog-earred. Although, I suspect I might ignore most of India Knight's excellent and thoughtful gift ideas, and instead buy her book for everyone!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Shops - Unputdownable 21 Feb 2004
By Loie
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One of the best books I have read in a long time. India Knights' meandering style of prose is addictive. I am half way though and am already starting to feel disappointed that I will finsih it soon. Another instalment is surely on its way. Perfect to buy for your selves or as the author says anyone who needs to shop.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why you need to read this book 4 Jan 2004
The fact that Argos is right up there alongside Fortnum's speaks volumes for this glorious book. I've just spent a wonderful hour on the internet marvelling at one of her website recommendations.This book is my new best friend and I've bought it for all my closest friends this Christmas. Please bring out volume 2 in time for Christmas 2004, I almost can't wait. For anyone whose Mother made them try on slacks in Marks and Spencer when they were 12 yrs old, this will have you laughing out loud. Sheer heaven.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars its okay
a bit dated now due to internet but still some good tips and funny personal stories make it worth a look.
Published 13 months ago by N. Prabhu
2.0 out of 5 stars Short & expensive
Loads of typos in the e-book version which is off-putting and basically just a list of websites the author likes. Read more
Published 16 months ago by pfmm
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all shopaholics!!!
I found this book a while ago in a charity shop and bought it because it was about my favourite, topic/ pastime- SHOPPING!! Read more
Published on 25 Nov 2010 by Miss Shoes
5.0 out of 5 stars on shopping
very well written just think india knight rocks a must buy for any woman here that for men who don`t like shopping.
Published on 10 Jan 2010 by Mrs. T. Hutchinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
This book is great, loads of varied information and imaginative ideas, I love shopping but sometimes struggle to get different gifts, so this is perfect to dip into when I am... Read more
Published on 24 July 2009 by Mooms77
5.0 out of 5 stars What a fabulous book!
I wasn't too sure what I was getting with this book - a psychoanalysis of shopping, lists of places to go, or a novel about someone who shops a lot? Read more
Published on 29 Mar 2007 by Mrs. E. E. C. Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars What A Fantastic Book
I was surprised at how much I loved this book. I don't like 'chick-lit' so have never read any of India Knight's books before, but I saw this and thought I'd give it a go as I love... Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2007 by vivsy
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
India Knight normally produces books of high quality which make me laugh - hence why I bought this one on recommendation from Amazon. Read more
Published on 20 Mar 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars A synopsis of an even better book!
On Shopping is an introduction to India Hicks' more interesting and involved book 'The Shops'. It is perfect for dipping into when you have a spare moment. Read more
Published on 8 Nov 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars More, please, Penguin!
I hate shopping. I fear clothes. I apply what little five-year-old make-up I own in about 10 seconds before I fly out the door. Read more
Published on 18 May 2005 by Laura Calder
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