Alexandra Brown talks about her new novel Christmas at Carrington’s and her favourite books with Jade Craddock…

Alexandra Brown USECan you tell us a bit about…

The book that you’ve just written:
I’d love to, it’s called Christmas at Carrington’s and is the second novel in the Carrington’s series – set in a department store, it follows the life, loves and laughs of sales assistant Georgie Hart. Christmas at Carrington’s is ultimately a comedy, with lots of snarky one-liners and cringe-inducing moments, and covers some serious topics too. It’s set in the run-up to Christmas, and there’s a surprise in-store when retail guru Kelly Cooper arrives to film her hot new reality TV show. Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light and ends up becoming a very reluctant reality TV star, and then when Tom, her new flame, disappears; Georgie fears this could be the worse Christmas ever. It’s a warm funny Christmassy read with plenty of sparkle and lots of heart.

The book that changed your life:
Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson, so much of this book resonates with me.

The book that makes you cry:
Can I choose one of my own please? There’s a scene in Christmas at Carrington’s that makes me sob, because it’s so close to home… I don’t want to give anything away, but you’ll know it when you read it…. I cried and cried too while writing this particular scene.

The book that defines chick lit for you:
Oh it has to be Bridget Jones, but I have a confession – I think I must be the only person on earth who didn’t read the first two books; I’m very late to the party and only started reading Mad About The Boy a few days ago…

The book you wish you’d written:
The Devil Wears Prada. I’d just ended a fifteen-year career in the corporate world when I first read it, and lets just say it was highly cathartic…

The book that you would put in a time capsule for future generations:
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai. Such a powerful book by a courageous young woman who is literally making history right now.

The book you’re writing next:
Is called Ice Creams at Carrington’s and will be out next summer.

xmas at carringtonsGeorgie Hart loves Christmas time at Carrington’s Department store. Running the luxury handbag department, Georgie adores helping customers in the hunt for the perfect gift for the perfect someone. And this year is no exception – now she has the hunky Tom, Mr Carrington himself, to spend the special day with. But when Tom springs a surprise, Georgie’s plans are thrown into chaos. Carrington’s is getting a fresh lease of life in a hot new reality TV show, featuring formidable retail guru, Kelly Cooper. As the first show airs, Georgie is shown in a far from flattering light. Worse is to come when Kelly’s vile daughter appears to get her claws into Tom. Georgie fears this will be the worst Christmas ever, but Santa still has a little surprise for her stocking this year – she’ll just have to wait until Christmas to find out…

Alexandra Brown is a British writer who used to work in an office. When she isn’t writing, reading, thinking about writing, sniffing stationery, lusting after handbags or watching trashy TV, Alexandra likes to indulge her online shopping addiction while tweeting too much. She lives near Brighton with her husband, daughter and a very shiny black Labrador puppy. 

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