Former royal aide Dickie Arbiter has his Christmas present list in order already - but his friends will have to wait until the spring for their gift to appear.
His actor son-in-law Ryan Brown, who is married to Dickie's TV presenter daughter Victoria, is having his first book published in the U.S. in May. Advance notices have hailed Play Dead as the 2010 zombie novel of the year.
Says a proud Dickie, a former press secretary to the Queen, who retired from Buckingham Palace in 2000: 'Writing runs in the family. Ryan's mother Sandra has written more than 50 New York Times bestsellers.'