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This week, discover Someday at Christmas by Lizzie Byron.

By Lizzie Byron

  • Genre : RomCom
  • Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton
  • Language : English
  • Publication year : 2020

Why should you adapt this book into a TV series? 

A heartwarming Christmas story that hits all the usual tropes, while dusting off the genre by featuring a diverse and inclusive cast. The rom-com aspect of the plot is fueled by a solid strong ‘will they won’t they’ dynamic between the two leads, Shell and Callum.  But the best character of all is maybe the old and cranky department store that this bunch of engrossing and memorable characters are trying to save. For a commercial romance led by a charismatic heroine with a great extended cast that would be a fresh and modern take on Zola’s Au Bonheur des Dames.

What’s the story ?

Shell Smith is a popular, larger than life make-up artist working in the beauty department at Duke & Sons, a beautiful but old-fashioned family-owned department store in her home city. While business is booming on Shell’s counter, the rest of the store is threatened with closure unless their Christmas sales take a dramatic upswing. Old Mr Duke’s grandson, Callum, has come up with a creative way to get some extra income: unbeknownst to Mr Duke Sr, a production company is using the photogenic store as a location for its next big Christmas romcom, filming at night while the store is closed. When Shell is let in on the secret, she discovers there might be more to Mr Duke Jr than sharp suits – but when her old crush Nick moves back home, life starts to mimic the romcom’s storyline. With Christmas Eve just around the corner, Shell will find herself in a race against time to save her job, save the department store and save herself from heartbreak.


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About the author

Lizzie Byron is a British writer. Her 2012 debut novel Heart shaped bruise was nominated for New Writer of the Year at the National Book Awards. She has also contributed to several short story anthologies including A change is gonna come, which was named Sunday Times Children’s Book of the Week and was honoured with a Special Achievement Award by the YA Book Prize.

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