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Sophie Kinsella

Chick Lit

The bestselling author of the Shopaholic series chooses her favourite books from the Chick Lit genre. Have a romp with these angst-ridden women searching for the perfect man (and the perfect pair of high-heels)

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    Rachel’s Holiday
    by Marian Keyes

  • 2

    Amanda’s Wedding
    by Jenny Colgan

  • 3

    31 Dream Street
    by Lisa Jewell

  • 4

    Old Maid
    by Suzanne Finnamore

  • 5

    The Diary of a Provincial Lady
    by E M Delafield

Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series and also writes under her real name Madeleine Wickham.

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Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella is the bestselling author of the Shopaholic series and also writes under her real name Madeleine Wickham.

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Book no. 1

 Rachel’s Holiday by Marian Keyes

This book had me right from the moment the protagonist, Rachel, opines that she can’t be an addict: ‘Surely drug addicts were thinner?’ She thinks rehab will be glamorous and filled with celebrities – instead it’s hard work. Addiction is a gritty subject, but the story of Rachel’s progress is told with such humour and reality that you devour the pages – and there are a lot of them.

Book no. 2

Amanda’s Wedding by Jenny Colgan

This fast, funny romp was Jenny Colgan’s debut. The premise is great – a group of friends band together to save their titled friend from marrying a bitchy social climber by sabotaging the wedding. One-liners come thick and fast throughout the action, and the dialogue is always spot-on and hilarious.

Book no. 3

31 Dream Street by Lisa Jewell

Reclusive Toby has filled his rambling house with a collection of misfits for 15 years. Now he needs to move on, so they must too, and this is the story of him gently edging them on. This book is rich with Lisa Jewell’s trademark warmth, wonderfully drawn characters and descriptions. It’s funny, touching and true.

Book no. 4

Old Maid by Suzanne Finnamore

Published as Otherwise Engaged in the States, this is one of the most caustic, true books I have ever read – the kind you immediately start quoting at your friends. It follows the story of Eve after her engagement and subsequent panic – the joy of the book is in her relentlessly witty, dry-as-a-bone take on marriage, advertising and life.

Book no. 5

Diary of a Provincial Lady by E.M. Delafield

This is Chick Lit of the 1930s, and the wry, self-deprecating ‘provincial lady’ is one of the funniest characters in literature. It proves that 80 years ago woman had exactly the same concerns as us – from what our husbands are really thinking, to how to conceal that latest dress bill (thankfully we are spared the ordeal of having to Speak to the Cook). It’s a book you can dip into for a little burst of pleasure, any time.

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