Top chick lit writers such as Marian Keyes, Adele Parks, Monica McInerney and Sinead Moriarty have united to celebrate breasts great and small in fundraising anthology Thanks for the Mammaries (edited by Australian author Sarah Darmody).
Animal Instincts, by British author Nell Dixon, sees Clodagh Martin's celebrity step-sister Imogen turning up drunk at her animal sanctuary. With the Confessions of a Shopaholic movie set for its US debut, how are the critics responding to it? Shopaholic is Bridget Jones meets SATC, but the film is weirdly liberated by barely having the pretense of, you know, a plot. It's hard to watch so much quirky conspicuous consumption while, outside the Cineplex, Wall Street slowly burns.
Shopaholic, drawn from the novels by Sophie Kinsella, is DOA, not even amusing enough to make the cut as a Lifetime movie. This adaptation of the first two of Sophie Kinsella's massively popular novels strains far too hard for comedy that seldom erupts with full force and inevitably betrays a free-spending mindset that now feels gone with the wind. If a knockabout farce of a thousand ways to outwit that persistent, pesky and downright unpleasant debt collector, while falling in love might amuse you, then feel free to indulge. Isla Fisher may be fetching as a fun-loving fashionista who writes for a financial magazine, but this outdated comedy recycles trendier (and better) flicks - and maxes out our patience.
If the journalist protagonist of Confessions of a Shopaholic were reviewing her own film, she would probably compare it to a woman's shoe.
Mary Monroe's 11th novel, The Company We Keep, is about LA record company exec Teri Stewart. If you missed it the first time around (and I certainly did), then Lori Culwell's Hollywood Car Wash is being re-released with a fresh cover soon.
Just in time for the most romantic time of the year, Valentine's Day, comes a book that regales its readers with epiphanies women had about why their boyfriend was not the one.
Chick lit authors have pushed social and cultural boundaries in this predominately Muslim country. Jane Heller, author of numerous novels including Some Nerve and Female Intelligence, has written a memoir about her obsession with the New York Yankees baseball team.
It's not due out until June but I just love the title and premise of Mandy Hubbard's book for young adults. Mia Farlane explores what happens in a relationship when the sex has stopped in her debut novel, Footnotes to Sex. Holly McQueen's head-in-the-clouds heroine is back in this sequel, The Fabulously Fashionable Life of Isabel Bookbinder. Sisters Rio and Dervla are reunited at their father Frank's funeral, having been estranged since the death of their mother 20 years ago. In Here Today, Gone to Maui, by Carol Snow, human resources consultant and compulsive list maker Jane is heading to Maui with her boyfriend Jimmy. In The Armchair Bride, by Mo Fanning (the pen-name of Amsterdam-based writer Adrian Bedford), Lisa is approaching 40 and realises via the internet that the only other single girl left from her school year is about to get married.
Florida author Kathy Carmichael's Hot Flash is about a 40-year-old sous chef who sets out to find a man to help pay for her son's college tuition. Lights Out Enterprises businesswoman Madison Banks is back in The Funeral Planner Goes to the White House. Australian comedienne Wendy Harmer (Farewell My Ovaries, Love and Punishment) has written a novel about three friends who embark on a road trip to Byron Bay, on Australia's east coast.
Canadian author Robyn Harding, author of The Journal of Mortifying Moments, has just released a young adult title, My Parents Are Sex Maniacs: A High School Horror Story. Just as she is about to scale Africa's tallest mountain, the British newspapers are abuzz with rumours that celebrity Cheryl Cole has landed a multi-million-dollar deal with HarperCollins to write chick lit novels. The Chicklit Club will unveil its Ultimate 100 Chicklit Collection in December and each month we will preview some of the nominated titles. Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones's Diary is arguably the book that launched the chick lit genre - even though it was released a year after Marian Keyes' Watermelon. The release of Confessions of a Shopaholic (aka The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic) in 2000 began a very successful five-book series for Sophie Kinsella, the pen-name of Madeleine Wickham. British magazine journalist Katy Regan uses her own experience of having a baby with her best mate for her first novel, One Thing Led to Another. Red Dress Ink, the imprint launched by Harlequin in 2001 which introduced many chick lit novelists, will not be publishing any new titles. The writing pair behind the 2007 novel Gucci Mamas are set to release a new novel in April.
Australian audiences can catch Privileged, the TV series based on Zoey Dean's How To Teach Filthy Rich Girls, on Fox8 from February 19. Beauty expert Bella Hunter writes the most popular column in uber-chic magazine Enchante - readers just can't get enough of her beauty advice, even though she's not immune to her own styling disasters such as dying her hair orange or staining her clothes with self-tan. One of the Chicklit Club's Top 10 Books of 2008 is being released in paperback this month with a hot new cover - and a sizzling ad campaign. Irish author Clodagh Murphy's first novel, The Disengagement Ring, sees Kate accept a gig cooking for rock band Walking Wounded while they record in Tuscany - even though it means being away from her fiance Brian for three months. What would happen if you discovered that your husband had not only been involved in shady business deals but had also been hiding a mistress and son?
Het boek the secret dreamworld of a shopaholic, ook wel de geheime wereld van een shopaholic is een boek geschreven door Sophie Kinsella. Verkoudheid; Kinderen, 60plussers, pubers en volwassenen iedereen krijgt wel eens te maken met een verkoudheid.
Claudia Carroll's next novel, If This is Paradise, I Want My Money Back, takes a walk on the paranormal side. She's lying low after a humiliating TV appearance and is planning on staying at Rainbow's End for a while. It's just a moonstruck whirl of parties and buying sprees, with a few very funny Shopaholics Anonymous meetings thrown in, as Rebecca works to get control of her obsession. Bad timing is merely one of this rom-com's lesser problems; the abundance of wasted talent on display is an even bigger concern.
It's hard to know where to point the finger of blame because there's so much to be assigned.
But as an ill-timed anthropological artifact, Confessions offers weird pleasures, not least among them the fact that it makes us root for the debt collector. But as a young lady who can't say no to a beautiful dress or accessory, Isla Fisher is not to be denied, and her irrepressible comic personality overcomes a number of the film's impediments. For those who have read any of Sophie Kinsella's self-deprecating chick-lit books, which the film is based on, you already have a good idea of what you're in for.
The Shopaholic books were written by (Sophie) Kinsella, a Brit, about a London journalist, but the film is about an American one.
College student Amy is thrust into the spotlight after winning a starring role on a new TV show.


What Was I Thinking?: 58 Bad Boyfriend Stories, edited by Barbara Davilman and Liz Dubleman, is a collection of stories describing that moment in a relationship when you realise that it is time to kick him to the curb - from hearing him tell you that he thinks about other women during sex, that he's told your friends that your bum is too big, to finding out he's been stealing your stuff or acts like a soup nazi. Known as sastra wangi (fragrant literature), Indonesian chick lit's first major work appeared in 1998 (the year of Suharto's downfall) with Ayu Utami's Saman, the story of an affair between a priest-turned-activist and a married woman. The seed for Confessions of a She-fan appeared during the 2007 season, when fed up with poor play, Heller announced in a New York Times column that she was divorcing the team - on the grounds of mental cruelty. Prada & Prejudice is about 15-year-old Callie who buys a pair of Prada heels on a school trip to London in an attempt to impress the cool crowd. Irish author Tara Heavey's fourth novel, Sowing the Seeds of Love, sees mother of one Aoife - newly widowed and a new arrival to Dublin - working to transform a neglected walled garden.
Last time Isabel planned to be a best-selling novelist; this time she's going to be an international fashion designer. Free-spirited Rio has juggled single parenthood with a career as Jack-of-all-trades, while Dervla is an ambitious estate agent. And after interviewing couples with her Marriage Satisfaction Survey, Jill believes the secret recipe for a successful marriage is a man who travels. In this sequel to Lynn Isenberg's The Funeral Planner, Madison becomes the nation's Grief Czar when the White House gets her to chair a bereavement committee. In Roadside Sisters, elegant Meredith, motherly Nina and determinedly single Annie are each facing the various trials of middle age: divorces, teenage kids, stagnant careers and unexpected bouts of tears.
Life is good for Louise as she heads into 11th grade - until her dad is caught cheating with her best friend Sienna's mum at his 40th birthday party. The Girls Aloud singer, X Factor judge and soccer WAG is preparing for a charity trek up Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania later this month.
In Heather McElhatton's Jennifer Johnson is Sick of Being Single, the heroine is sick of being single, sick of being unable to lose weight and sick of her copywriter's job at a department store.
Sarah Sargeant has been single for three years and nine months - in fact it's such a drought she believes Bob Geldof would start thinking about holding a benefit concert.
These three titles are no-brainers - it's just going to be a matter of where these fall on the list.
It also was the first title that introduced us to that madcap Irish family, the Walshes - we were later to be reacquainted with the sisters through Rachel's Holiday, Angels and Anybody Out There?. The book, about a year in the life of a British singleton, evolved from a series of Fielding's newspaper columns. This very funny book does so much more than showcase chick lit's popular themes of shopping and shoes. Magazine journalist and party girl Tess has to sober up quickly after a drunken night with best friend Jim leads to a positive pregnancy test. Melissa Senate's See Jane Date was the first novel released in November 2001 while its last title, Eye to Eye by Grace Carol, was released in December 2008.
Set up by HarperCollins last September, it offers unpublished writers the chance to show their work to an online community of readers, publishers and agents.
It's about Yale graduate Megan Smith (Joanna Garcia), who takes a live-in post tutoring a pair of socialite twin teenagers, Rose (Lucy Kate Hale) and Sage (Ashley Newbrough), in Palm Beach, Florida. Zoey Dean's next chick lit release, Hollywood Is Like High School with Money, out mid-year, is about a movie studio assistant who finds her catty colleagues are a lot like those mean girls from high school. But what begins as an earnest spring clean soon spirals out of control - and she's on a mission hiring skip after skip. Milly Johnson is one of the seven British novelists behind the New Romantics website, to be officially launched on Valentine's Day.
For some it happens with little fanfare, for others it's a painstaking process of trying to conceive.
But Bella's lucky streak is about to end when she imbibes too much wine during a newspaper interview and reveals secrets about her bitchy industry. Forty-something Cass is not impressed when her mother moves in with her - along with her sexy toyboy Rocco. Tell Me Something, by Adele Parks, is about Elizabeth who hopes a move to her Italian husband's hometown will bring her the family she so desires. But Kate is unaware that the job is part of a plot hatched by her disapproving mother Grace to upset her wedding plans. That's exactly the scenario facing Ruby Gallagher, the heroine of Bernadette Strachan's How to Lose a Husband and Gain a Life.
In de grote lijnen weten we het wel, geen chocolade en koekjes en wel veel fruit en groente. In dit artikel zullen een aantal mogelijkheden en vragen van en over de HTC Desire aan bod komen.
Charlotte Grey is offered the chance to go back to earth as an angel - to watch over the faithless guy she just wasted five years on.
But Clodagh already has enough problems on her plate - the business is broke and there are vandals on the loose. Let's just say that were it not for the bad script and dull-witted direction, we'd still have to contend with Isla Fisher's inept slapstick performance. However you dress it up, the heart of a romantic comedy is the romance, and (Hugh) Dancy and (Isla) Fisher do a fine job of it here. Everything seems sanitized here for American audiences, and the result is a film without much character. If last year's slick and brand-conscious Sex and the City was a Manolo Blahnik stiletto, and if The Devil Wears Prada was a smart and classy thigh-high boot, then Confessions of a Shopaholic is like the fuchsia mukluks your cousin wore to your grandfather's funeral.
Her best friend and assistant, Nicole, is determined to find Teri a man - even though her own love life is sadly wanting. But she's going to have to get the "Hollywood Car Wash" to make her more marketable - lose 20 pounds, gain whiter teeth and blonder hair, and start dating a megastar with a big secret.
Carrie Fisher and Sex and the City's Cindy Chupack are among the writers contributing their first-person accounts. Djenar Maesa Ayu followed with her collection of short stories Mereka Bilang, Saya Monyet (They Call Me a Monkey!) that explored sexual themes and taboo topics. Their relationship is suffering from all the grudge-holding, competitive tiredness, imagined slights - and absolutely no sex.
Her call for assistants soon brings retired tailor Uri and his son Seth, student Emily and even the garden's crotchety owner, Mrs Prendergast, out to help.
After bagging a job with fashion legend Nancy Tavistock, within days Isabel's mind is working overtime on putting the final touches to her debut collection, dreaming up perfume line Isabelissimo, and making friends with John Galliano. While clearing out their father's house in Ireland, the sisters come across love letters to their mother from a man named Patrick which reveal a secret that could change their lives forever.
He challenges her to find love before hitting 40, while Lisa bets him that he can't land a decent acting job within the next year.
After all, a travelling salesman could bring to the table each month one week of marital bliss, three weeks off plus a paycheck.


She helps creates a new national holiday while personally helping the president Andrew Stone deal with his own grief after the death of the first lady and a close advisor. This trip to attend Meredith's daughter's wedding might tear them apart or it might just save their lives. After her marriage of 20 years collapses, Ros embarks on a new regime to stay sane, including yoga, herbal remedies and internet dating. And she becomes even more desperate to find true love when it is revealed that her little sister and her ex-boyfriend are both getting married on Valentine's Day. Women all of the globe empathised and laughed at Bridget's antics, from her weight loss and job woes, to sleeping with her boss and surviving dinner parties with Smug Marrieds. With both wanting to remain "just good friends", Tess faces the prospect of single motherhood amid an ever-evolving relationship with Jim. Other authors who have been involved with RDI include: Lauren Baratz-Logsted, Wendy Markham, Lee Nichols, Kyra Davis, Allison Rushby, Jane Sigaloff, Sarah Mylnowski and Brenda Janowitz.
It is like an electronic slush pile where people can read the submissions, award star ratings and make comments. Keeping It In The Family is about newspaper columnist Niamh O'Flaherty who is torn between her family and her man. In our Pregnant Pause theme, you'll find stories about women who are craving or facing the arrival of their bundle of joy.
Snubbed by her fellow beauty colleagues, the only magazine that will touch her is Womanly World - a magazine more suited to the over-50s.
It's about Fern who's looking to settle down with her reluctant boyfriend Adam until a chance encounter with Scottie Taylor - the hottest British singer since Robbie. When husband Manny is arrested for fraud and his secret family are exposed, Ruby watches her designer lifestyle being repossessed.
Wat hebben de medicijnen voor invloed op de rest van mijn vissen en wat voor invloed heeft het op de waterkwaliteit en het filter? Hogan who once managed to balance bliss and bitterness in My Best Friend's Wedding (1997) is AWOL here . Rebecca comes off as a watered-down, latter-day Carrie Bradshaw, complete with a job as a journalist and a wardrobe designed by Patricia Field. The switch is puzzling because the books were bestsellers in America, and audiences here had no problem making the London-set Bridget Jones's Diary a hit.
When Hollywood Car Wash was first released in 2007, it gained attention because it was rumoured the characters were inspired by Dawson's Creek actress Katie Holmes and her megastar husband Tom Cruise.
Her latest book, Ranjang (Bed), expected to be published this year, is about an MP involved in a scandalous love affair. So with her husband, Heller follows the team for the rest of the season, looking at the bond between fan and team.
When he disappears, with police suspecting he has drowned, Jane thinks things can't get any worse - but her troubles have just begun. You could also try Katherine Stewart's The Yoga Mamas about a professor's wife who makes new friends at an elite prenatal yoga class or Debra Galant's Fear and Yoga in New Jersey about a stressed-out yoga teacher. So begins a series of humiliating dates until it looks like she's met the perfect guy in Brad, the son of the store president. But when he tells her that he would rather stay in and watch a DVD, she vows it's the last time she will ever reach out to a member of the opposite sex. The rest of the series continues her relationship with the two loves of her life - shopping and Luke Brandon.
But how can she focus on business when none of her pre-baby clothes fit and her bank account is dwindling? Regan's experiences were also the basis for a Marie Claire UK column, And then there were three . The manuscripts - more than 2000 have been submitted - are categorised into different genres, including chick lit. But for Lou, letting go of her junk is helping her deal with more emotional baggage, such as her desire for a baby, her missing best friend and her husband's affair.
And despite dating a rising model and heading off on a Paris junket, Bella just can't come up with the right ideas to impress her new publisher, James.
But Ruby soon realises, with the help of some good friends and a new business venture, that she's a lot better off without her husband. Magazine journalist Alberthiene Endah has written several novels about single career women living in Jakarta, such as Jodoh Monica and Selebriti.
Alexander Gray's The Yoga Teacher sees Grace quit her job as a pharmaceutical rep and instead look for enlightment via her yoga mat.
And to make matters worse her mother-in-law has moved in and her husband's attractive co-worker suddenly needs his help all the time. Those that get the best reader response will make it to the desk of a HarperCollins editor. But when she meets the love of her life, Pierre, he's older and an intellectual - and couldn't be less Irish if he tried.
Written by a magazine insider (who also lost her job after being exposed as a beauty blogger who revealed too much), this is classic chick lit that may just have beauty junkies rushing out to get a copy - without stopping first to apply their make-up.
Strachan, the author of Little White Lies and Handbags and Halos, is already at work on novel number six. In pushing the proposition that a shopaholic may be the best person to lead her fellow junkies to a safe zone in a squeezed economy, the movie may actually touch a chord. Other authors to watch out for include Clara Ng (Tiga Venus, Indiana Chronicle trilogy), Tria Barmawi (The Lunch Gossip, Topsy-Turvy Lady), Mariskova (Hair Quake), Icha Rahmanti (Cintapuccino, Beauty Case) and Ika Natassa (A Very Yuppy Wedding, Divortiare).
Anne Cushman's Enlightment for Idiots is about Amanda, a yoga teacher and freelance writer who heads to India when her editor assigns her to a guidebook about enlightenment. McElhatton also follows up her do-over book Pretty Little Mistakes, where readers get to choose their own endings, with Million Little Mistakes, out later this year. They enter her into a reality TV show, persuade her to go speed dating and encourage her to start a blog.
To use another of Bloomwood's conceits, nobody wants to pay for a cashmere coat and discover that it's a cheap knockoff.
And Polly Williams' The Rise and Fall of a Yummy Mummy sees the heroine contemplate a fling with her yoga instructor, while in Jennifer Weiner's Little Earthquakes, the three women meet at a pregnancy yoga class. Though you might wonder whether there's room in a movie marketplace that already feels overstocked with romantic comedies, Confessions of a Shopaholic arrives fashionably late and dressed to kill. It's out in April and Holmes is reportedly working on a sequel, which sees Sarah head to Los Angeles.



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