Some people, the author included, love shopping so much that even the weekly trawl round Waitrose is a treat. In this essential guide/memoir, India Knight dissects the singular pleasures afforded by everyone's favourite pastime: from dragging your mother around TopShop aged 14 to feeling your entire life would somehow be perfect if only you bought that battered leather sofa. Part series of essays, part lists of essential information, you will never wonder about where to get the perfect 2-inches-off-the-waist pants again. The Shops is a book for everyone who's ever had to part with cash, which is to say, a book for everyone.
India Knight's first novel, My Life On A Plate, was published in 2000 to huge critical acclaim. Her second novel, Don't You Want Me, was published in 2002 and received similar rave reviews. She writes a column for The Sunday Times, alongside other newspapers and magazines. India Knight lives in London E8 with her two sons.