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Madeleine Wickham, who also writes as Sophie Kinsella, attended university at Oxford, where she studied politics, philosophy and economics. Her first job was as a junior assistant on a magazine for retirees but she went on to be a financial journalist before becoming an author. She is married, has three sons, and lives in London.
June 2011 Book of the Month. Madeleine Wickham is the real writer behind the phenomenally successful nom de plume of Sophie Kinsella and if you haven’t read any of her original books then you are in for a real treat. The Tennis Party was first published in 1996 but it hasn’t lost any of its edge, fizz or fun and deserves to be called a ‘Summer Reading Classic’.
Fleur is beautiful, unscrupulous, and has a large wardrobe of black designer suits. With the help of The Times announcements page she gatecrashes the funerals and memorial services of the wealthy, preying on rich, vulnerable men. She charms her way into their lives and onto their platinum credit cards, takes what she can, and then moves swiftly on. When Richard, a dull but wealthy businessman, meets Fleur at his wife's memorial service, he's bowled over. Gradually Fleur works her spell on Richard's family - transforming their lives while she moves in on their wealth. But she finds herself lingering longer than she meant to ... Listen to an audio extract by clicking on the orange arrow below. The Gatecrasher by Sophie Kinsella writing as Madeleine Wickham by Random House Audiobooks