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Okay, so Barbara Erskine will always be my favourite author – has been since I read Lady of Hay. But that doesn’t mean I can’t have a new favourite every now and then.

Sophie Kinsella

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The Secret Dream World of a Shopaholic

Well, right now, after reading back-to-back The Secret Dream Life of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Abroad, and The Undomestic Goddess, all by Sophie Kinsella, I have discovered my newest most favourite author.

I don’t think I have laughed so much, so continuously and loudly, as I have with these three books. I have driven my poor husband mad with my loudly pitched shrieking and last night, taking some time out to read out on the deck on a deliciously warm summer’s evening, even though it is now Autumn, I also had my neighbour wondering if I’d actually finally flipped or was reading a particularly dirty joke.

Honestly, this girl – Sophie – is amazing. Humour is probably the most difficult writing form of the lot – unless, of course, you are blessed with an ability to turn the mundane and the ridiculous into tummy-twirling, eye-streaming, hysterical prose that not only makes it impossible to breathe properly but has you reading passages aloud in attempts to explain why you are making so much noise and why a simple little paperback book has the power to turn you into a mindless chamber of continuous hysterical, screeching, laughter.

Whew! Did it really?

Yes, and more. I think I can honestly say I have never laughed so much since reading a week’s diary of an overweight baby boomer given a birthday gym membership by her daughter – the dear. That one has been on the email circuit for a few years now – no idea who wrote it but I wouldn’t be at all surprised to hear that it was penned by Sophie Kinsella, who is a master of the hysterically gut-wrenching throw-away line and madly-funny monologue.

If your life is a bit on the tense side, if work is stressing you out, teenagers driving you up the wall, do yourself a favour – get one of Sophie Kinsella’s Shopaholic books, a bottle of good wine and some nibbles, find a nice comfortable spot where you won’t disturb anyone (yes, I said that right – never mind about them disturbing you, you’ll be too preoccupied to take any notice) and treat yourself to one of the best shopping sprees you will ever have had. Or try The Undomestic Goddess, another comic masterpiece, or one of her other books which I haven’t read yet but plan to as soon as I can find one.

Sophie Kinsella’s books are refreshing, immensely enjoyable, and so very easy to read and relate to, once you learn to control the snorting and the shrieking. As an ex financial journalist, Sophie is well positioned to write the material and no doubt has a load of fun doing it. Buy one today – you won’t regret it. My sides are still hurting.

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