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Catherine Alliott - Author

About the Author

Catherine Alliott was our Guest Editor in August 2013 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Catherine Alliott started her first novel under the desk when she worked as an advertising copywriter. She was duly fired. With time on her hands she persevered with the novels, which happily flourished. In the early days she produced a baby with each book, but after three she stuck to writing as it was less painful. She writes with the nearest pen in exercise books, either in the garden or on a sofa. Home is a rural spot in Hertfordshire which she shares with her family and a menagerie of horses, cows, chickens and dogs, which at the last count totalled 34 beating hearts, including her husband.

Author photo © Neil Cooper

 

Fellow novelist SOPHIE KING on CATHERINE ALLIOTT

I first met Catherine because my youngest son was at school with her son. Catherine writes her novels in the first person which immediately makes you feel you know the heroine. I love all her books, including the latest The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton : I usually spot other people's twists but I didn't get this one until it jumped up and hit me off the page.

 

Author photo © Neil Cooper

 

Below is a Q & A with this author.

 

Q. If you couldn't be a writer, what would you like to be?
A.  A painter – as in artist, not decorator.
 
Q. When you need to escape from your everyday routine, what do you do?
A.  Light the fire, watch daytime TV and eat chocolate.
 
Q. Who is your style icon?
A. Wasn't aware I had one but very much admire Kristen Scott Thomas's style.  So cool.
 
Q. What is your favourite food?
A.  In - macaroni cheese.  Out - Dover sole.
 
Q. What's your favourite movie?
A.  Truly Madly Deeply.
 
Q.  What's your idea of hell?
A.  Shopping malls.
 
Q.  When did you last cry and why?
A.  Two weeks ago, at  Badminton Horse Trials, watching a great friend's daughter jump round the cross country course. Amazing.  I've known her since she was seven.
 
Q.  What is so your idea of perfect happiness?
A.  So corny.  All my children plus boyfriends, girlfriends, any other friends and of course my husband, eating  around the same table.  Or actually, a table somewhere hot, on holiday, abroad, i.e. without me having to cook.  Oh - and grandparents too.
 
Q.  What is the trait you most deplore in others?
A.  Deplore.  Golly. Quite strong.  Well I'm not mad about bad manners which come in many guises.

 

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Featured books by Catherine Alliott

Other books by Catherine Alliott

Behind Closed Doors

Behind Closed Doors

Author: Catherine Alliott Format: Hardback Release Date: 04/03/2021

Get ready to escape with the page-turning new novel from the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Cornish Summer - available for pre-order now ------ From the outside, anyone would think that Lucy Palmer has it all: loving children, a dashing husband and a gorgeous home. But when her marriage to Michael comes to an abrupt and unexpected end, her life is turned upside down in a flash. As the truth of her marriage threatens to surface, Lucy seizes the opportunity to swap her house in London - and the stories it hides - for a rural escape to her parents' farmhouse in the Chilterns. But Lucy gets more than she bargained for when she moves back to her childhood home. With her parents growing older disgracefully, she can hardly keep up with their social life - especially when it throws her into the path of an old flame. Coming face-to-face with her mistakes, Lucy is forced to confront the secrets she's been keeping from herself and those she loves. Is she ready to let someone in? Or will she leave the door to her past firmly closed . . . ------ Praise for Catherine Alliott: 'A huge treat. Hilarious yet poignant' Sophie Kinsella 'Warm, witty and wise' Daily Mail 'Her writing is both intelligent and sparkling' Marian Keyes 'Hilarious and full of surprised' Daily Telegraph

About Last Night...

About Last Night...

Author: Catherine Alliott Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 03/03/2017

The Old-Girl Network

The Old-Girl Network

Author: Catherine Alliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2012

Lose yourself in the twists and turns of love in the hilarious romantic comedy from the bestselling author of A Cornish Summer Finding true love's a piece of cake - as long as you're looking for someone else's true love . . . Polly McLaren is young, scatty and impossibly romantic. She works for an arrogant and demanding boss, and has a gorgeous if never-there-when-you-need-him boyfriend. But the day a handsome stranger recognises her old school scarf, her life is knocked completely off kilter. Adam is American, new to the country and begs Polly's help in finding his missing fiance. Over dinner at the Savoy, she agrees - the girls of St Gertrude's look out for one another. However, the old-girl network turns out to be a spider's web of complications and deceit in which everyone and everything Polly cares about is soon hopelessly entangled. The course of true love never did run smooth. But no one said anything about ruining your life over it. And it's not even Polly's true love . . . Praise for Catherine Alliott: 'Possibly my favourite writer' Marian Keyes 'Alliott's joie de vivre is irresistible' Daily Mail

A Crowded Marriage

A Crowded Marriage

Author: Catherine Alliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2012

How many is too many? Dive into the hilarious, heartwarming bestseller from the author of A Cornish Summer There isn't room in a marriage for three . . . Painter Imogen is happily married to Alex, and together they have a son. But when their finances hit rock bottom, they're forced to accept Eleanor Latimer's offer of a rent-free cottage on her large country estate. If it was anyone else, Imogen would be beaming gratitude. Unfortunately, Eleanor just happens to be Alex's beautiful, rich and flirtatious ex. And from the moment she steps inside Shepherd's Cottage, Imogen's life is in chaos. In between coping with rude locals, murderous chickens, a maddening (if handsome) headmaster, mountains of manure, and visits from the infuriating vet, she has to face Eleanor, now a fixture at Alex's side. Is Imogen losing Alex? Will her precious family be torn apart? And whose fault is it really - Eleanor's, Alex's or Imogen's? Praise for Catherine Alliott: 'An intelligent, acutely drawn picture of a difficult marriage' Daily Telegraph 'A rip-roaring read that begs the question: How many people make a crowded marriage?' Sun

Olivia's Luck

Olivia's Luck

Author: Catherine Alliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2012

Curl up on the sofa with this tantalising rural romantic comedy about taking control of your life from the bestselling author of A Cornish Summer 'I don't care what colour you paint the sodding hall. I'm leaving.' When her husband Johnny suddenly walks out on ten years of marriage, their ten-year-old daughter and the crumbling house they're up to their eyeballs renovating, Olivia is at first totally devastated. How could he? How could she not have noticed his unhappiness? But she's not one to weep for long. Not when she's got three builders camped in her back garden, a neighbour with a never-ending supply of cast-off men she thinks Olivia would be drawn to and a daughter with her own firm views on . . . well, just about everything. Will Johnny ever come back? And if he doesn't, will Olivia's luck ever change for the better? Praise for Catherine Alliott: 'The writing is both intelligent and sparkling' Marian Keyes 'Alliott's joie de vivre is irresistible' Daily Mail

The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton

The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton

Author: Catherine Alliott Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/05/2011

Leap into the unknown with Evie Hamilton in this heart-warming story of a life turned upside-down, from the bestselling author of A Cornish Summer Evie Hamilton has a secret. One she doesn't even know about . . . Yet. Evie's an Oxfordshire wife and mum whose biggest worry in life is whether or not she can fit in a manicure on her way to fetch her daughter from clarinet lessons. But she's blissfully unaware that her charmed and happy life is about to be turned upside-down. For one sunny morning a letter lands on Evie's immaculate doormat. It's a bombshell, knocking her carefully arranged and managed world completely askew and it threatens to sabotage all she holds dear. What will be left and what will change forever? Is Evie strong enough to fight for what she loves? Can her entire world really be as fragile as her best china? Praise for Catherine Alliott: 'Classy, wonderfully gossipy and breathless' Red 'We defy you not to get caught up in Alliott's life-changing tale' Heat 'Alliott at her best' Daily Telegraph

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