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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



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

The Old-Girl Network

The Old-Girl Network

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

Catherine Alliott, bestselling author of A Rural Affair and A Crowded Marriage, tells a hilarious story about the perils of helping someone in need in The Old-Girl Network. 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 . . . Step into Alliott country with The Old-Girl Network. Praise for Catherine Alliott: 'Possibly my favourite writer' 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

Catherine Alliott, bestselling author of One Day in May and A Crowded Marriage, takes a heart-warming look at what happens when your whole world is turned upside-down in The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton. Evie Hamilton has a secret . . . one she doesn't even know about. Yet . . . Evie's an Oxfordshire wife and mum who's 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? Step into Alliott country with The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton. 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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