Podcast Series 1, Episode 3: Sophie Kinsella


Sophie Kinsella © JOHN SWANNELL

Welcome to My Weekly’s Magical Flying Bookshop, the home of your favourite fiction authors. This week we talk to Sophie Kinsella about her comedy timing, her latest novel and the proverb she writes her books by!

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Sophie Kinsella

It’s lovely to be joined by bestselling author Sophie Kinsella for the third instalment of My Weekly’s Magical Flying Bookshop – your feel-good fiction podcast, sponsored by Pavers.

The Party Crasher book coverSophie is known for her laugh out loud books, which leave you rooting for the characters. In her latest, The Party Crasher, we’re introduced to The Talbots.

Effie’s still not over her parents splitting up a year ago. Her dad and his new girlfriend are posting their PDAs all over Insta –  and now they’re selling the beloved family home. As Effie tries to convince herself “it’s only a house”,  she receives a last-minute invite to a final party there. She decides to give it a miss, until she remembers her precious Russian dolls. She’ll have to go back for them – but not as a guest. No one will know she was there, she’ll just creep in, and out. Of course, nothing goes to plan. Not only does Effie bump into her ex-boyfriend, she can’t find the dolls. As she secretly explores the dusty attic, hides under tables and mournfully eyes up the dessert table, she discovers unexpected truths about her family – and herself.

Download the full podcast to hear Sophie introduce Effie with a great reading from the book – and find out what scene Sophie found most challenging to write!


What is a podcast?

It’s simply an audio show, and you can join us any time that suits! Listen to our trailer now, and find Sophie’s episode here!

Where can I access the podcasts?

You’ll need a podcast app. You might find one installed on your phone or tablet already, but if not, search for a suitable app in your app store. Popular ones include Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Google Podcasts and Amazon Music. Once you’ve downloaded the app, use the search facility within the app to find My Weekly’s Magical Flying Bookshop any time from Nov 4. All available episodes will be listed.

Episode 1 (Ann Cleeves): https://pod.fo/e/f4d34.

Episode 2 (Dorothy Koomson): https://pod.fo/e/f6bbb

Episode 3 (Sophie Kinsella): https://pod.fo/e/f8523

What’s the format of the show?

Our show is split into three sections – Reading Corner, where the author reads an exclusive short story, or a passage from their latest book; Quiz The Author, where we ask the questions you want answered and Book Post, the author picks a new release that’s not one of their own books, but a hotly-tipped title they’d recommend.

Can readers get involved by suggesting future authors to include in the series, or asking questions?

Absolutely, we’d love to hear your suggestions for authors for Series 2, and we’d be delighted to ask the participants the questions you want answered! Look out for our podcast recording dates on My Weekly’s social media channels, and submit your questions in plenty of time. We’ll ask the writers to answer a selection during our recording. Type your question and email it to flyingbookshop@myweekly.co.uk, or record your voice on your phone and add the audio clip to the email. We can then play your questions during the podcast. Don’t forget to put the words “podcast” and whatever author the question is for in the subject header – and please include your name on the email, too. Or, if you would prefer to phone, leave a message on 01382 575486, including your question, the author’s name, and your name. We’ll be speaking to Stacey Halls soon – send your questions now!

Podcast host Claire Gill

Podcast host Claire Gill

Series 1 – the full line-up

Podcast Competition

To celebrate the launch of our brand new podcast series, we’ve got a bumper prize for one reader! Enter now for your chance to win 8 fiction books as listed above (one from each featured author), a one year My Weekly UK Subscription, a PRAI Platinum Firm & Life Skincare Serum and a Shearer Candle! Enter here – good luck!

Allison Hay

I joined the My Weekly team ten years ago, and I love the variety of topics we cover both online and in the magazine. I manage the digital content for the brand, sharing features and information on the website, social media and in our digital newsletters. I also work for Your Best Ever Christmas - perfect as it's my favourite time of year!