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Subject: British chick lit
Date Posted: 5/10/2008 11:20 PM ET
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Ok, so I've just read my third chick lit book by a Brit, and is it just me or are they edgier and funnier than a lot of their American counterparts? Or maybe it's just that in order for me to hear of them here they have to better than average?

Any thoughts?

Oh, and the three Ive read and loved are: Bridget Jones Diary (of course). Fen by Freya North, and My Best Friend's Girl by Dorothy Koomson.

Date Posted: 5/11/2008 2:38 PM ET
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I'm a huge fan of the British chick lit which is why there are so many Red Dress Ink book in my tbr. Most of their authors are British. I find the British books for fun to read and much more witty.  I'm still trying to get a Freya North book. They are hard to find for me for some reason.  Good to know she is good.

Date Posted: 5/14/2008 11:12 PM ET
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Cool, I've now added some Red Dress Ink books to my lists.

Anyone else have suggestions for good Brit Chick Lit?

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 1:59 AM ET
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I really like Sinead Moriarty, she wrote a trio of books that continue so make sure you read them in order!!

Date Posted: 5/15/2008 6:47 AM ET
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Maureen, I really Sinead Moriarity as well. She is hilarious. She released another book in the UK; I'm hoping it gets released here.


I also really like Sarah Mason- I think Playing James is one of the funniest books I've read. Allison Rushby is also funny I think (she's Australian).

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Date Posted: 6/19/2008 9:21 PM ET
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Omzeus! I just read (well, last month) My Best Friend's Girl and I absolutely loved it. It was by far one of the best books I've read in a while. I've got all her other books on my wishlist now!


I also absolutely love Sophie Kinsella for chick-lit, and Marian Keyes, I've only read The Otherside of the Story  and Anybody Out There? Anybody out there is sort of part of a series, that all revolve around these sisters. It was hilarious! I got it from the library, and my Fiancee actually liked it too! I've tried reading Angels however, and haven't been able to get into it.

Other good british chick-lit authors? Jane Green is pretty good, although I DO NOT reccomend Mr. Maybe. I LOVE The Other Woman and Spellbound and Bookends. She is very good!


Date Posted: 6/21/2008 8:31 PM ET
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Oh, I love Sophie Kinsella and Jane Green!!  I liked Mr Maybe!  LOL

Date Posted: 7/5/2008 3:18 AM ET
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Catherine Alliott is another great British chick lit author..  I've read all of them, loved them all!


Date Posted: 7/19/2008 12:41 AM ET
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The new Marian Keyes is VERY British (Irish?  whatever)

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 12:01 PM ET
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I love the Brit chicklit books!

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 9:37 PM ET
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Thanks to threads like these, I've ordered and devoured everything from Marion Keyes.

And I just read The Undomestic Goddess by Sophie Kinsella> Loved it!

I think there's something different about the way these characters handle daily events in the plot or something. They're very earthy, hip characters. Does anyone know what I mean? I'm not sure I do.  Maybe they just aren't as trite as the stereotypical New York City women in our chick lit.....Or maybe they are by British standards but  I don't recognize it.  It's refreshing because there are universal truths there, but I'm seeing them from a different cultural angle>>

Am blithering. Someone argue this point with me or agree and expound on it so I can clarify it. Now that you've brought it up, I want to know what it is that makes this stuff so easily digestible? Maybe Chris has a point, maybe they're just great authors...

I think I found Harry Potter amazingly entertaining for the same vague reason

Subject: Red Dress rules
Date Posted: 7/24/2008 7:30 PM ET
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I pretty much know that wherever I see the Red Dress logo on the spine, it's a goodie.

Also, I just want to thank the chick lit genre in general for adopting its' color schemes. I can whiz down the row at a library or bookstore and just look for those bright, neon colors and cool fonts on the spines, or on the covers- usually a cartoon or cool photo - and think BOOM, that's chick lit!

Happy reading,


Subject: Oohhh
Date Posted: 7/24/2008 7:32 PM ET
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Sorry, I meant to say I agree with the original post that Brit books can be edgier. I also, for some reason, get a huge kick out of the fact that instead of like here in the USA, where there's chinese take out on every corner, they're always "going to get an Indian." They don't "go pick up Indian take-out," they just "go get an Indian." I love it! Kebab kebab kebab!

Happy reading,


Date Posted: 7/26/2008 8:02 AM ET
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If you like Sophie Kinsella, you can find other books written by her under the name Madeleine Wickham.  I liked Cocktails for three.  It's not as kooky , nutty, neurotic like the Shopaholic series, but still very good.

Date Posted: 7/29/2008 12:42 PM ET
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One of the best British chick lit books I have ever read was Jemima J by Jane Green. I, too, enjoy British books, but I think my humor leans more towards British, so that may be the reason...