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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Updated ed edition (12 Aug. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141011483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141011486
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 0.1 x 0.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,998 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.


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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "beckyseales" on 14 Sept. 2004
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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anna jeffreys on 13 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Nov. 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By catmoscow on 1 Dec. 2003
Format: Hardcover
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Loie on 21 Feb. 2004
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vivsy on 14 Jan. 2007
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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 shopping. What a book! It's PACKED full of advice, not all of it I agree with necessarily such as extolling the virtues of cheap bathroom suites, and there is the inevitable endorsment of certain retailers, such as Argos.But it is so engagingly well written and so hilarious that I didn't mind. Anyway it is interesting to read someone else's perspective on shopping and what they think is value for money. There's oodles of advice on where to shop for great presents for everyone as well as lots of beauty tips, although not much on clothes (you've got Trinny and Susannah for that) all interwoven around a kind of personal memoir which I found highly entertaining. Brilliant fun!
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