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British Vogue’s Alexandra Shulman Talks About Her Novel

Alexandra ShulmanThe editor of British Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, is putting the final touches on London's upcoming Vogue Festival, editing her profitable Conde Nast glossy, and promoting her new novel. I don't know how she does it! And apparently, neither does she:

“It wasn’t the most brilliant of ideas: editing the magazine, organizing the festival and writing a novel at the same time. I don’t know how I did it.”

Presumably, just like Sarah Jessica Parker: with a large support staff, a few caffeinated beverages, and a generous sprinkling of fairy dust.

Shulman's first novel, Can We Still Be Friends?, was released earlier this month, and if you were hoping for an insidery account of the upper-echelons-of-fashion, you'll have to look elsewhere. For her fiction debut, Shulman decided to go where few writers have ever dared to go, in terms of subject matter: three post-grad privileged girls living, loving, and working in a major city. Finally, someone had the courage to expose the gritty underbelly of twentysomething life: boys can be cads, career stuff can be complicated, but as the Spice Girls first observed, "friendship never ends."

I'm being a jerk, but not as big a jerk as John Crace, who wrote a scathing parody of the novel for The Guardian this Sunday:

"Oh dear," said Sal as the pregnancy test turned positive. "I guess I shouldn't have got so stoned with Pete while I thought my mum had cancer. Still, I can always have an abortion." Annie had never been so happy. A wedding in the Cotswolds, a husband with seven Paul Smith suits and, best of all, she was going to have a baby. Then she noticed she was bleeding. "Oh no," she sighed. "Not the inevitable miscarriage!" Kendra was still finding it hard to be a woman, what with the property developers trying to have the Chapel pulled down.

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[via WWD]