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The fizzingly fresh and funny new standalone novel from Number One bestselling author Sophie Kinsella!

Katie Brenner has the perfect life: a flat in London, a glamorous job, and a super-cool Instagram feed.

OK, so the truth is that she rents a tiny room with no space for a wardrobe, has a hideous commute to a lowly admin job, and the life she shares on Instagram isn’t really hers.

But one day her dreams are bound to come true, aren’t they?

Until her not-so-perfect life comes crashing down when her mega-successful boss Demeter gives her the sack. All Katie’s hopes are shattered. She has to move home to Somerset, where she helps her dad with his new glamping business.

Then Demeter and her family book in for a holiday, and Katie sees her chance. But should she get revenge on the woman who ruined her dreams - or try to get her job back? Does Demeter – the woman who has everything – actually have such an idyllic life herself? Maybe they have more in common than it seems.

And what’s wrong with not-so-perfect, anyway?
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

Reviews

Sophie Kinsella keeps her finger on the cultural pulse, while leaving me giddy with laughter. I loved it.

Jojo Moyes

Life doesn’t get much better than a free Sunday afternoon, some chocolate and stem ginger biccies and a new Sophie Kinsella novel and this standalone looks at what really goes on behind our perfect social media feeds

Sarra Manning, Red magazine

What an absolute treat - sheer joy from start to finish.

Lucy Diamond

Pesky boss, sexy man and plenty of laughs, and you’ve got rom-com excellence. This will be huge in 2017.

Heat

Sure to make you laugh out loud... this book can't fail to lift your mood.

Closer

A touching read with lots of laugh-out-loud moments . . . brilliantly captures the zeitgeist

Daily Express

This is vintage Kinsella with laugh out loud moments, a haphazard but likeable heroine and a gorgeous love interest. Perfect.

Closer

Enchanting and clever . . . whip-smart and brilliantly done, with a lightness of touch that disguises a lot of real wisdom.

Amanda Craig

Comic gem … fast, furious and fabulous fun.

Woman & Home

This fun, super-readable breath of fresh air had us completely hooked

Fabulous magazine, Sun on Sunday

Kinsella at her put-a-smile-on-your-face best

Good Housekeeping

A warm-hearted comedy about appreciating what really matters in life

Sunday Mirror

I'm a huge fan of Kinsella . . . This is a highly enjoyable romp

Sara Lawrence, Daily Mail

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9781784160425

    July 17, 2017

    Black Swan

    448 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • Hardback

    9780593074787

    February 15, 2017

    Bantam Press

    400 pages

    RRP $55.00

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  • EBook

    9781473510616

    February 9, 2017

    Transworld Digital

    400 pages

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    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ
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Extract

First: it could be worse. As commutes go, it could be a lot worse, and I must keep remembering this. Second: it’s worth it. I want to live in London; I want to do this; and commuting is part of the deal. It’s part of the London experience, like Tate Modern.

(Actually, it’s not much like Tate Modern. Bad example.)

My dad always says: if you can’t run with the big dogs, stay under the porch. And I want to run with the big dogs. That’s why I’m here.

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Also by Sophie Kinsella

Mummy Fairy And Me
Surprise Me
Shopaholic to the Rescue
Finding Audrey
Shopaholic on Honeymoon (Short Story)
Shopaholic to the Stars
Wedding Night
I've Got Your Number
Six Geese a-Laying (Mini Christmas Short Story)
Mini Shopaholic
Twenties Girl
Remember Me?
Shopaholic & Baby
Shopaholic Ties The Knot
Shopaholic Abroad
The Secret Dreamworld Of A Shopaholic
The Undomestic Goddess
Shopaholic & Sister
Can You Keep A Secret?

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Swing Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Girls
Cold Blood
Fifty Shades Darker
The Trip of a Lifetime
Colombiano
The Light Between Oceans
Ready Player One