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Catherine Alliott - Author


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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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If you like Catherine Alliott you might also like to read books by Katie Fford, Jane Green and Sheila O'flanagan.

Featured Books, with extracts, by Catherine Alliott

About Last Night ... by Catherine Alliott
About Last Night ...
Catherine Alliott
Masterfully told in typical Catherine Alliott fashion, Catherine once again delivers a belly full of laughter as Molly, the key protagonist, makes her life a whole load more complicated and messy, long after the unexpected death of her husband, as...
Format: Paperback - Released: 15/06/2017
About Last Night ... by Catherine Alliott
About Last Night ...
Catherine Alliott
Masterfully told in typical Catherine Alliott fashion, Catherine once again delivers a belly full of laughter as Molly, the key protagonist, makes her life a whole load more complicated and messy, long after the unexpected death of her husband, as...
Format: Hardback - Released: 09/03/2017
Wish You Were Here by Catherine Alliott
Reader Reviewed Wish You Were Here
Catherine Alliott
One of our Books of the Year 2015. James, a foot surgeon, saves a child from a peanut allergy and the girl’s grateful mother, a famous opera singer, lends him her chateau in France for a month. Out go James,...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/07/2015
Wish You Were Here by Catherine Alliott
Reader Reviewed Wish You Were Here
Catherine Alliott
March 2015 Book of the Month. James, a foot surgeon, saves a child from a peanut allergy and the girl’s grateful mother, a famous opera singer, lends him her chateau in France...
Format: Hardback - Released: 26/02/2015
My Husband Next Door by Catherine Alliott
Reader Reviewed My Husband Next Door
Catherine Alliott
July 2014 Book of the Month. A fun and easy read, Alliott’s novel is a look at domesticity gone wrong and particularly at what happens to us when we brush things under...
Format: Paperback - Released: 03/07/2014
My Husband Next Door by Catherine Alliott
Reader Reviewed My Husband Next Door
Catherine Alliott
One of our Books of the Year 2013. Catherine Alliott’s funny, heart-warming, rural novels are always a treat and My Husband Next Door, an engaging and insightful look at relationships, won’t disappoint her fans.Ella has a chaotic life...
Format: Paperback - Released: 01/08/2013
One Day in May by Catherine Alliott
One Day in May
Catherine Alliott
One day in May, Hattie's life changes for ever... When Hattie's bumps into Dominic's widow and his gorgeous younger brother, Hal, her world is turned upside down. Though she's still trying to hide from her mistakes, she knows that if...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
A Rural Affair by Catherine Alliott
A Rural Affair
Catherine Alliott
One of our Great Reads You May Have Missed in 2012. Catherine Alliott is at her sparkling and brilliant best in this her latest feel-good read. Full of her trademark wit and characters you feel instantly drawn to. Perfect to...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
A Married Man by Catherine Alliott
A Married Man
Catherine Alliott
Catherine Alliott, bestselling author of One Day in May and A Crowded Marriage, tells a wonderfully warm and witty story of love, loss and laughter.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
Going Too Far by Catherine Alliott
Going Too Far
Catherine Alliott
A gorgeous, rural romantic comedy from the author of A Crowded Marriage and One Day in May. 'You've gone all fat and complacent because you've got your man, haven't you?' Polly Penhalligan is outraged at the suggestion that since...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
Not That Kind of Girl by Catherine Alliott
Not That Kind of Girl
Catherine Alliott
Catherine Alliott, bestselling author of A Rural Affair and A Crowded Marriage, examines just the sort of trouble a girl can land herself in when she gets caught in the middle of a love triangle.
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
Rosie Meadows Regrets... by Catherine Alliott
Rosie Meadows Regrets...
Catherine Alliott
Catherine Alliott tells a brilliantly romantic tale about a woman putting her mistakes behind her in Rosie Meadows Regrets...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
The Real Thing by Catherine Alliott
The Real Thing
Catherine Alliott
The Real Thing is a sparkling romantic comedy about not being quite able to let go of the past. Every girl's got one - that old boyfriend they never quite fell out of love with...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
The Wedding Day by Catherine Alliott
The Wedding Day
Catherine Alliott
A sparkling romantic comedy from the bestselling author of A Rural Affair and A Crowded Marriage. Annie O'Harran is getting married ...all over again a divorced, single mum, Annie is about to tie the knot with David. But there's a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/05/2012
A Rural Affair by Catherine Alliott
A Rural Affair
Catherine Alliott
Catherine Alliott is at her sparkling and brilliant best in this her latest feel-good read. Full of her trademark wit and characters you feel instantly drawn to. Perfect to curl up with in that 'me' time you've been promising yourself!
Format: Paperback - Released: 21/07/2011
The Wedding Day by Catherine Alliott
The Wedding Day
Catherine Alliott
Even though you’ve done it all before, second weddings can be highly complicated. Light, frothy, feel-good stuff with enough hurdles to keep you wondering how it will all turn out. Delicious fun. Comparison: Cathy Kelly, Sheila O’Flanagan,
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/05/2005

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