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Issue:- 25 November 2010

Mini Shopaholic Book Signing and Talk...
Photograph and report by Patrick Trollope

THE author of 'Shopaholic' popped into a packed out Formby Pool complex for the Prichard Bookshop's Book Signing and Talk.   The focus was on the new copy of the book called 'Mini Shopaholic' that has a special cover on for Christmas 2010.

The event on Wednesday, 24 November 2010,  was so popular that extra space had to be found to accommodate the many fans who had turned out to see the New York Times Best Seller listed author Madeleine Wickham, who is best known as her pen name Sophie Kinsella.  Large queues steadily built up outside, despite the cold, as fans wait to get signed books.

Dressed in a very fashionable outfit, Madeleine looked stunning as she arrived.  Sadly we never found out the designer's name, but we are shore we will find out.  This was one of the many stops on her tour and to see what she did, it is hard to see how she gets the energy.  Madeleine suppressed all the fans attending by being extremely open with her answers thrown at her, by a captivated audience.    Her insight into the world of a famous author and her stories about how  she came up with some of the Becky Bloomwood many misadventures brought many smiles to the room.  It was fascinating to hear Madeleine's real life adventures, as she researched her many books.   That background gave her book extract reading, from her book 'Mini Shopaholic', add feeling and depth to the financial journalist's world.   This was one of the most entertaining and interesting book events we have been to in years, and we have been to countless signings.  If you missed it and can get to one of her other signings, don't delay... go!  If she delivers like she did at this signing, you will be in for a treat.  We wish Madeleine the best of luck with Mini Shopaholic and we look forward to the next instalment!

We would recommend this book to both sexes, even though it is not a book that men might automatically think of reading.  It is both colourful in its humour, but a very cleaver insight into how our society deals with money.  We will be adding her books to the Mersey Reporter online section in the next few days.  Also do not forget to go into Prichards Bookshop in Formby Village to get copies as well as taking a look at many other fantastic books...  As  Becky Bloomwood would say:- "They offer fantastic deals, so I am going!"

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Mini Shopaholic Book Signing and Talk Photographs
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New survey shows employers cracking down on sickness absence
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A motorcycling mission to spread Christmas cheer
Bankers Bonus Law - Act Now Says McCarthy
easyJet launches Liverpool to Gibraltar route
Liverpool's Christmas Market 2010
Royal wedding highlights bridezilla syndrome
A Notice From Widnes Vikings
Liverpool Science Park laboratories get the green light
Do your kids like Chocolate?
Restoration Of Sefton Park Has Been Completed!
Organ Donation
Christmas Tree Lights Switch On, Liverpool
Liverpool’s social care is ‘excellent’
Government heeds Law Society's warnings about impact of immigration cap
Students see hidden science at heart of medicine
Employment tribunal system heading for major changes
Letters To Editor:- "Harold Ackroyd VC MC, winner of the VC"
Peter Brown Craven Minor JFL
Letters to the Editor:- "Southport Weekender 2011"
Croxteth Children’s Centre is a beacon of light
New survey shows employers cracking down on sickness absence
Leading artist paints a Merseyside picture
Warning To Landlords
Classroom assistant and swimming teacher jailed
World War 1 heroes remembered
Merseyside Students Protest
Help Sleigh Poverty This Christmas at the Liverpool Santa Dash
Don’t kill off high street trade through parking charge hikes
Liverpool Council Acts On Road Safety

Mystery Business Man About

THIS year we are going back to our Night Life Awards idea, but this time with out voting!   instead we are asking you to nominate businesses that you think are worth our attention and why.   They must be on Merseyside and you have until 14 December 2010 to get your nominations in.  We will then be sending out or mystery business men to test your suggestions!  No you will not know who she or he is and don't ask as they will not tell you!   Winners will be announced in the Christmas week edition and certificates delivered to the winners in early January.  For more information, keep your eyes on here...  To nominate a business email and put the subject as "Business Nominations 2010.

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