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Sarah Jessica Parker stars in film by Cambridge author
Sarah Jessica Parker, Allison Pearson, Pierce Brosnan
Parker, Pearson and Brosnan: Hollywood meets Cambridge in new film

Hollywood actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan are to star in a new film based on a book written by a Cambridge-based author.

I Don't Know How She Does It, by Allison Pearson, tells the story of a working mother juggling her career, private life and two children.

Pearson based it on her own experiences and said: "Like most mums I felt like I needed three pairs of hands."

I Don't Know How She Does It is due for release in cinemas in early 2012.

The busy mother and journalist penned her book in 2002 after writing a newspaper column about the exasperation felt by working women with families.

"I was a working mum myself, and like most mums was feeling pulled in all directions," Ms Pearson said.

'A sad comedy'

Her column struck such a chord that she decided to turn it into a novel.

Sarah Jessica Parker
Allison hopes the actress will "pass as a proper mum"

"I received hundreds of messages from other women asking how they were supposed to keep everything - work, family and personal lives - together.

"They all thought they were alone in feeling that way so I wrote the book about that, expressing it as a comedy - but quite a sad comedy."

With sales of four million copies in 32 countries, I Don't Know How She Does It is now being filmed, with actress Sarah Jessica Parker taking the lead role, and Pierce Brosnan starring as the heroine's love interest.

"It's incredibly exciting that some characters you created in a small back bedroom are going to be played by these great movie stars," said Ms Pearson.

The decision about who to cast was that of the film's producer, she explained.

"But I did give them some ideas about people. I felt it was important that they were in the right age group.

"Whoever they chose had to be able to pass as a proper mum in her mid-to-late 30s and I wanted the love interest to be a proper man and not one of these little boys that Hollywood's full of," she said.

The cast also includes Kelsey Grammer, Christina Hendricks, Olivia Munn and Seth Meyers.

"The film's going to be set in New York," Ms Pearson said. "But that doesn't matter as it seems to be a universal feeling of juggling being a mum, keeping everyone happy, fulfilling yourself and still loving your children properly."

The release date has not yet been announced, but is expected to be late 2011 or early 2012.

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