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Celebrity Shopper by Carmen Reid

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Annie Valentine is a lovely character who has grown from personal shopper to presenting a popular TV fashion series. But her life is far from easy and once again this lovely author addresses real women’s issues in a light-hearted, compulsive romp tackling a dotty mother, moody teenagers and at last seeing the beauty of her adoring partner. I think she’s great.

Comparison: Sophie Kinsella, Lisa Jewell, Marian Keyes.

If you like Carmen Reid you might also like to read books by Jane Costello, Josie, Rees, Emlyn Lloyd and Jane Green.

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Celebrity Shopper by Carmen Reid

Fame is in the air! Personal shopper Annie Valentine has her own fashion show, on TV! But with success comes pressure: is she at risk of being replaced? To guarantee one unforgettable episode, Annie whisks the crew off to Paris for a glamorous catwalk show. Will she impress Europe's Most Stylish? Back home sexy, neglected boyfriend Ed is left juggling one dog, too many children, a dotty Granny, don't even mention the builders ...And why won't Annie marry him?

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Outrageously funny... filled with shopaholic fabulousness * Now (Book of the Week) * As fun and frothy as a poolside pina colada * Heat **** * This is escapist summer reading at its best * JILL MANSELL * Sexy, fun and flirtatious. Reading Carmen Reid is the most fun you can have with the lights on! * KATIE FFORDE *

About the Author

Carmen Reid

Carmen Reid was our Guest Editor in February 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Carmen Reid was born and brought up in a chilly and windy corner of Scotland in the depths of the countryside.

This may explain her lifelong phobia of cows and abiding interest in cities, department stores, books, the cinema and newspapers.

Her parents still live on the organic farm she grew up on and she goes back regularly to eat the alarmingly healthy home-grown meals which probably turned her into a 6" lass.

She spent four teenage years at a girls' boarding school in Edinburgh (yes, just like the one in Secrets at St Jude's!) where she read her way through the school library. Favourite subjects: English, German, French and Spanish.

After school, she went to study English Literature at University College, London, though her fashion sense will remain "Edinburgh-with-an-edge" forever.

Being a student in London was fantastic - she even paid a few bills with modelling jobs. After uni, she went back to Scotland to work as a local newspaper reporter: a brilliant job for anyone planning a career as an author.

London kept calling and she was soon back working for news agencies then a national tabloid. She has interviewed many famous (and often unwilling) people but was especially dazzled by Hugh Grant (even better looking in real life!), Rupert Everett and Elle Macpherson.

Knowing deep down that she was supposed to be an author not a journo, she left her day job to have a baby and write her first novel. (Hey, and just a few sleepless, penniless years later it was published!)

Although there is a corner of her heart that will always belong to London (and she still knows all the streets like a cabbie) Carmen now lives in Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband, Thomas, her two lovely children, Jimmy the Jack Russell and the (now sadly) two goldfish. She writes full-time and is aiming to have four new books out in 2011.

Fortunately her hobbies include laundry, cooking, cleaning, arguing about whose turn it is to walk the dog, cleaning the fish tank, doing the school run... and so on.

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30th September 2010


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Corgi Books an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


448 pages


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