Confessions of a shopaholic, sophie kinsella, part 1

Rebecca Bloomwood just hit rock bottom.
But she’s never looked better. . . .

Confessions of a Shopaholic

Becky Bloomwood has a fabulous flat in London’s trendiest neighborhood, a troupe of glamorous
Socialite friends, and a closet brimming with the season’s must-haves. The only trouble is that she can’t
Actually afford it – not any of it. Her job writing at Successful Savings not only bores her to tears, it
Doesn’t pay much at all. And lately Becky’s been chased by dismal letters from Visa and the Endwich
Bank – letters with large red sums she can’t bear to read – and they’re getting ever harder to ignore. She
Tries cutting back; she even tries making more money. But none of her efforts succeeds. Becky’s only
Consolation is to buy herself
Something. . . just a little something. . . .

Finally a story arises that Becky actually cares about, and her front-page article catalyzes a chain of
Events that will transform her life – and the lives of those around her – forever.

Sophie Kinsella has brilliantly tapped into our collective consumer conscience to deliver a novel of our
Times – and a heroine who grows stronger every time she weakens. Becky Bloomwood’s hilarious
Schemes to pay back her debts are as endearing as they are desperate. Her “confessions” are the perfect
Pick-me-up when life is hanging in the (bank) balance.

SOPHIE KINSELLA is a writer and former financial journalist. She is very, very careful with her money
And only occasionally finds herself queuing for a sale. Her relationship with her bank manager is excellent.

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Ms. Rebecca Bloomwood
Flat 4
63 Jarvis Road
Bristol BS1 ODN

6 July 1997

Dear Ms. Bloomwood:

Congratulations! As a recent graduate of Bristol University you are undoubtedly proud of your

We at Endwich are also proud of our performance as a flexible, caring bank with accounts to suit
Everyone. We pride ourselves particularly in our farsighted approach when it comes to customers of a
Caliber such as yours.

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We are therefore offering you, Ms. Bloomwood – as a graduate – a free extended overdraft facility of
.2,000 during the first two years of your career. Should you decide to open an account with Endwich,
This facility will be available immediately* I do hope you decide to take advantage of this unique offer and
Look forward to receiving your completed form.

Once again, congratulations!

Yours sincerely,

Nigel Fairs
Graduate Marketing Manager

* (subject to status)

3 Fulham Road
London SW6 9JH

Ms. Rebecca Bloomwood
Flat 2
4 Burney Rd.
London SW6 8FD

10 September 1999

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Dear Ms. Bloomwood:

Further to my letters of 3 May, 29 July, and 14 August, you will be aware that your free graduate
Overdraft facility is due to end on 19 September 1999.You will also be aware that you have substantially
Exceeded the agreed limit of.2,000.

The current balance stands at a debit of.3,794.56.

Perhaps you would be kind enough to telephone my assistant, Erica Parnell, at the above number to
Arrange a meeting concerning this matter.

Yours sincerely,

Derek Smeath


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Confessions of a shopaholic, sophie kinsella, part 1