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Much to the consternation and frustration of his family and friends, Alexander made the conscious decision to embrace experience over the shackles of the career ladder. Leaving the relative comforts of his native Scotland, he has taught English in China and Saudi Arabia and successfully combined undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Commercial Law with travelling extensively throughout Europe as a truck driver.
Successfully securing a PhD Scholarship in Law at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand resulted in the chance meeting that would forever change his life - meeting his Canadian wife, Marie. Over the following three years, they enjoyed a nomadic existence living on three continents.
This did little to ease to their respective friends and families consternation!
Now they've embraced and enjoy a completely new experience - that of being parents. Their son, Gabriel, provided the inspiration for The Christmas Present, and both Alexander and Marie hope that the book and its overwhelming success to date provide him with just a sliver of the pride that he gives them every single day.
A cracking Christmas presentation box comprising a seasonal storybook and snow globe gift. This fully-illustrated seasonal storybook plus snow globe looks like a real labour of love, with no corners cut on the smart gift box packaging that comes replete with golden cloth lining. The story tells how Mrs Claus allocates a personal elf to each child, and it falls to the elf to watch over the child to determine whether they’ve been naughty or nice so Mrs Claus and Santa can “decide what gifts you will receive from your list”. The tale is told from the point of view of Gabriel, an almost-ten-year-old, who’s lost all sense of the magic of Christmas now his dad has a new family who have “everything I could ever want”, while he and his mum will be stuck making their own Christmas decorations and eating chicken. Monumentally disgruntled, Gabriel disobeys his mum and flees to find his dad’s new town. Then, in a strange and initially terrifying turn of events, he encounters one of Santa’s reindeers and – wait for it – his very own elf! The elf certainly has his work cut out persuading Gabriel that Santa is real, but with the help of a magical snow globe and through showing Gabriel the true spirit of Christmas much like the ghosts in Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, he manages to do just that. With its mix of real-life worries and seasonal magic, this captures the feeling of being on the brink of not believing in Father Christmas and is underpinned by the message that love is the best gift of all. Joanne Owen, A LoveReading Ambassador
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