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Sophie Kinsella (Madeleine Wickham) Biography


Sophie Kinsella

Sophie Kinsella

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Is Sophie Kinsella a Pen Name?:

Yes, Sophie Kinsella is a pseudonym that Madeleine Wickham started using once she published Confessions of a Shopaholic. Although Wickham had previously published seven other books under her real name, her Kinsella books were much more popular, so she has stuck with the pseudonym. All of her books fall into the genre "chick lit" -- light, humorous books about modern women and their misadventures in life and love.


Madeleine Townley was born in London on December 12, 1969.


Madeleine Townley married Henry Wickham in 1992. Wickham is currently the headmaster of a boys' school in Hertfordshire, England, where the couple lives with their three sons, Freddy, Hugo and Oscar.

Education & Early Career:

Before becoming the famous Sophie Kinsella, Wickham graduated from New College, Oxford then worked as a financial journalist. She published her first novel in 1995, although she did not publish as Sophie Kinsella until 2000.


Sophie Kinsella is best known for her five Shopaholic books, a series about Becky Bloomwood, a woman who loves to shop but is not good at keeping track of the bills that result. Kinsella has also published several other chick lit novels. Here is a complete list of Sophie Kinsella books (including the novels published under both names).


In 2009, Confessions of a Shopaholic was released as a movie. In the movie, the main character lives in New York, while in the books she lives in London.

Sophie Kinsella Trivia:

  • Kinsella made several trips to Manhattan to research her second and third Shopaholic books. Before writing Shopaholic Ties the Knot she actually took off her wedding ring and pretended she was planning her wedding so she could try on Vera Wang wedding dresses.
  • Kinsella loves Cadbury's Giant Chocolate Buttons.
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