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Can You Keep a Secret?

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Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella
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Mar 01, 2005 | ISBN 9780385338080

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“Venturing beyond Saks and Barney’s, the bestselling author of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Ties the Knot entertains readers with backstabbing office shenanigans, competition, scandal, love and sex. . . . Kinsella’s down-to-earth protagonist is sure to have readers sympathizing and doubled over in laughter.”Publishers Weekly 

“If laughing out loud in public places is your bag, be sure to pick up [Can You Keep a Secret?]. Heroine Emma Corrigan is going to be your new best friend.”Boston Herald
“Kinsella’s timing is so perfect, her instincts so spot-on, that it’s easy to . . . devour the book like the guilty pleasure it is.”Miami Herald

“Chick lit at its lightest and breeziest . . . filled with fabulous clothes, stalwart friends, and snotty enemies waiting to be taken down a peg.”Orlando Sentinel

“[Kinsella’s] dialogue is sharp, even her minor characters are well drawn, and her parody of the marketing world is very funny.”Washington Post Book World

“[A] comedic frenzy of ill-fated events . . . punchy . . . fast-moving.”Rocky Mountain News

“Kinsella’s witty take on mundane office and family life will really make you laugh out loud. . . . Move over, Bridget [Jones]!”Evening Chronicle (U.K.)

“Hilarious.”Sun (U.K.)

“Kinsella’s light touch keeps this very funny look at life and relationships flying along and builds Emma into a genuinely endearing character. Romantic, but refreshingly witty.”Sunday Mirror (U.K.)

“Like a riotous gossip with your best friend—it’ll have you laughing, cringing and hopelessly engrossed from the first page.”—Scottish Daily Record & Sunday Mail

“A delightful new novel . . . Kinsella has another irresistible hit on her hands.”Booklist

Author Q&A

What is your secret vice?

Eating cookies a handful at a time.

What is your favorite time of day?

I love lazy mornings, lying in bed and thinking about the day ahead. But with two small children, I don’t get many of them!

How do you indulge yourself when you need a pick me up?

Head to the shops and buy myself a treat!! Or else I take a long bath with Jo Malone bath oil.

What was your most memorable date (good or bad)?

On my eighteenth birthday I had dinner planned with my (then) boyfriend. We got to the restaurant and a whole bunch of friends were there to surprise me. The relationship didn’t last but I’ll always the remember the party!

What do you appreciate most in your friends?

I appreciate their loyalty, humour and sense of fun.

What woman in history do you admire the most?

Emmeline Pankhurst, who led the suffrage movement. It seems incredible now that women didn’t have the vote, it’s something we all just take for granted. But it wouldn’t have happened without brave women like her.

What was your worst job?

As a financial journalist on the magazine Pensions World, having to write the most boring articles in the world!

What would your theme song be?

‘We Are Family’ by Sister Sledge. It’s such an upbeat, optimistic song, plus I’m very close to all my family, especially my two sisters.

What is your favorite quote?

‘I never put off till tomorrow what I can do the day after.’ —Oscar Wilde

If you weren’t a writer, what career would you choose?

I studied music and would have loved to have been a singer-songwriter.

What actress would you want to play you in a movie?

Sandra Bullock as she is so funny and human and has long dark hair like me. It would be a very boring movie though as writers basically just sit in front of a computer… and write!

What scene in your own books are you most surprised you wrote?

The entire ending of Shopaholic Ties The Knot— as when I first started writing it I had no idea how I would get Becky out of her mess!

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