The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic: (Shopaholic Book 1)

· Random House
66 reviews

About this eBook

The fabulous first Shopaholic novel by international No. 1 bestselling author Sophie Kinsella. The perfect pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance . . . !

Meet Rebecca Bloomwood.

She has a great flat, a fabulous wardrobe full of the season's must-haves, and a job telling other people how to manage their money. She spends her leisure time ... shopping.

Retail therapy is the answer to all her problems. She knows she should stop, but she can't. She tries Cutting Back, she tries Making More Money. But neither seems to work. The letters from the bank are getting harder to ignore. Can Becky ever escape from this dreamworld, find true love, and regain the use of her credit card?

Everybody loves Sophie Kinsella:
"I almost cried with laughter" Daily Mail
"Hilarious . . . you'll laugh and gasp on every page" Jenny Colgan
"Properly mood-altering . . . funny, fast and farcical. I loved it" Jojo Moyes
"A superb tale. Five stars!" Heat


OUT NOW the new Sunday Times bestseller from Sophie Kinsella: CHRISTMAS SHOPAHOLIC

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66 reviews
Nici Grout
30 September 2015
A few spelling errors found (poor editing) and for a book supposedly set in London UK, why on earth is the spelling of the word apologise incorrectly typed as apologize!
6 people found this review helpful
Valerian LeForge
22 September 2019
Despite the character being polar opposite to me - the only shopping I enjoy is for books - I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. I love the film based on the book and although the plots diverge quite early on (no Girl In The Green Scarf here), for me this made the story all the more charming for this reader. At some level we all know the horror of those brown envelopes dropping through the door. The heart stopping pause as you bend to pick them up. If you're unlucky you know the terror of the phone ringing, wondering if it is a collection agency trying to claw back money you don't have but you have spent. Whichever category you fall into there is something about Rebecca Bloomwood's life that speak to a modern existence. Conspicuous consumption, measuring your worth as a person against material goods, it rings all too shockingly true. Told with a wit and humour that manages to breakthrough the relentlessness of Rebecca's precarious position. Ms Kinsella manages to draw fun out of Rebecca's situation and the romantic element, whilst entirely predictable, is light and enjoyable. The story is well balanced and has enough reality in it to make it relatable to most readers. I thoroughly enjoyed this glimpse in to a world that I have no knowledge of. City living, is almost as odd to me as country living. Working as a journalist is something I have no clue on - although it sounds as much a drudge as any other job. All I could relate to was trying to balance a budget and failing. Fun and wittily told, I found myself rooting for Rebecca and wondering just how she was so blind to romance.
1 person found this review helpful
Donna Louise Marie Ennis
15 June 2019
I own all the books Sophie has written including the ones written as Madeline Wickham. I'm a die hard fan but the Shopaholic series are by far my favourites. I just adore Becky and the relationship she has with her Bank Manager is hilarious. It would be fantastic if we could have another laugh out loud Shopaholic book. Once you've read the first one they become addictive. Have a read, I don't think you'll be disappointed if 💄😂
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About the author

Sophie Kinsella is an internationally bestselling writer. She is the author of many number one bestsellers, including the hugely popular Shopaholic series. She has also written seven bestselling novels as Madeleine Wickham and several books for children. She lives in the UK with her husband and family.

Visit her website at and find her on Facebook at You can also follow her on Twitter @KinsellaSophie and Instagram @sophiekinsellawriter.

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