Friday, October 22, 2004

Spotlight on Conspicuous Consumption
Sophie Kinsella became a houshold name with her Shopaholic novels, featuring the fictional Rebecca Bloomwood, for whom spending money is like breathing. The howlingly funny novels have been translated into 15 languages and have been optioned by Disney for a film. In this interview Kinsella (whose real name is Madeleine Wickham) admits to being a little like her character, but the book is about extremes. Kinsella toiled in obscurity until now. It's still new enough that she's thrilled when she sees someone reading one of her novels. "It's just the most spine-tingling thing. It's just extraordinary," she says. Want to know what all the fuss is about? Visit the website.

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