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A Married Man [Paperback]

Catherine Alliott
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5 April 2007
When Lucy Fellowes is offered a dream house in the country she leaps at it. It's hard enough living in London on an uncertain income, but when you're widowed with two small boys it's even harder. And anyway, a rural retreat will bring her closer to Charlie. Charlie? The only man in four years to make her heart beat faster. Perfect. Or it would be. If only he didn't belong to someone else...

A wickedly witty new novel about how complicated relationships get when you grow up.

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (5 April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755336895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755336890
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 414,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'People often ask me if I always had a burning desire to be an author, and the honest answer is no, in fact it almost happened by accident.

I was working as a copy-writer in an ad agency and tired of writing blurb for soap powder, began writing a novel under the desk. I had no thought of publication, was just doing it to relieve the boredom, but I must say it was a bit of a shock when my boss walked in one day and said we're not sure you're entirely committed and gave me the sack!

Actually I think that galvanized me and I was determined to finish it. I did, but it took a while: I was working freelance, and then pregnant with my first child so it wasn't at the forefront of my mind. When my son was born I discovered babies slept for great chunks of the day, so I revisited it, tapping it onto a computer my brother gave me. (The first draft was in long hand, I'm a complete Luddite by nature, and actually, still write my first draft into note books.)

My husband persuaded me to send it to an agent who took it - amazingly and then a few weeks later I had a publisher too. The Old Girl Network came out about a year later and the first time I saw it in a shop, I was so startled I ran out again! I'm convinced it was easier back then to get published, these days it's far more competitive because there are so many girls doing it I'm glad I started early!

I've written a few more since then, but some things don't change: I still get a thrill when I see them around. I hope you enjoy the books, I certainly have a lot of fun writing them.'

Catherine Alliott

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'Alliott creates warm, human characters that you instantly connect with... she'll entertain and surprise you with every chapter' (Sunshine Coast Daily, Australia)

'Compulsively readable...[not all is] sweetness and light in Alliott's world; darker themes are also found. This gives it all a sharper edge, and a feeling that real choices are being made by real people.' ( The Times ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A wickedly witty new novel from the Sunday Times number 1 bestselling author --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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75 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 31 July 2003
This book has everything in it: laughter; sadness; real emotion; not to mention a brilliant story line. I thought I could predict the ending quite early on but was pleasantly surprised to find that the author had chosen to weave a completely new thread into the story that really did leave you guessing until the end. "A married man" is very well written and I found it hard to put down at times. I would recommend it if you like chic lit with a bit more depth.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BLOODY BRILLIANT - BEST BOOK IN AGES !! 6 Jan 2004
By A Customer
To say I couldn't put this book down is an understatement - literally I read it in 2 days flat - Didn't want to go to bed but had to! Woke early the next morning to read it - call me sad but it's true.
Catherine Alliott is an extremely gifted writer and I love how she leaves you hanging at the end of every chapter so you just have to read on and on and on and on .....
Can't wait to read her next book. Am gonna read all her previous books - this was the first oe I have read of hers - hope they are just as good!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant! 1 Oct 2003
By clare f
I've been waiting for this book to be written for ages and it was well worth the wait! i've loved all her books since reading the old girl network , and this one has to be my favorite. I had to try my hardest not to wake my newborn little girl whilst reading it as i was laughing so much , plus it isn't your typical girly book with not alot of substance , you'll laugh and cry at all her misshaps! keep them coming Catherine!!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has your heart in your mouth 16 Aug 2004
I borrowed this book from the villa we stayed at recently on holiday and have never read a book by this author before, though I will go and find some of her previous titles very shortly. I loved this book. I particularly liked the way that it was about one person and that with each chapter the story just carried on, rather than jumping all over the place as some books do. The tension between her and Charlie was just so realistic, I could feel the anticipation and lust as though I was there with him. It was a sheer joy to read and made getting up with the little ones at 5.30am every day well worth it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - a non-put-downer!!!! 29 Feb 2004
By A Customer
Catherine Alliott just gets better and better. I stumbled across her first book, "Old Girls' Network" by chance, and am I glad I did. "A Married Man" is her best book to date. I just couldn't put this book down. The suspense you're left in at every chapter just makes the book even more fantastic. Catherine Alliott leaves you wanting more with the end of this book. It takes real life issues and turns them into laughable scenarios. Who wants to live in "real life" all the time anyway? Pure escapism! Buy this book! You won't regret it!
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A funny compasionate novel 20 Aug 2003
By Janet
An abolutly brilliant novel. An easy read yet difficult to put down. I thought it would be a boy meets girl type but the twist near the end threw me completly. Alliott deals with difficult subjects with thoughtfulness and humour. The first Catherine Alliott that I have read. I look forward to the rest.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read 30 Aug 2003
I have loved all th Allliot books from stumbling upon them when she first published The old-girl network. This one is another great, I must admit I cried at the beginning laughed in the middle and was once again was sorry when I came to the end knowing that I will have to wait yet again for another of her books to "come out".
I have enjoyed others better, Rosie Meadows being my fave out of all of them.
However if you love reading "people books" as I call them (funny tales of life) do buy it, read it and enjoy.......
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55 of 63 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch out for predictable endings 4 Sep 2003
By Cath
Couldn't predict the "twist" in the ending ? I'm amazed by the other reviews. I saw it coming like a ten tonne truck!
This is a fun book that's ideal for lazying by the pool or on the beach.
It tells the story of a woman left to cope with life, children and her emotions after the death of her husband.
She uproots from her city life ( for all kinds of reasons) and heads for the countryside. There she meets some rather stereotyped, posh rural characters ( her husband's family). She also falls for a married man.
The plot is a bit lame. But there are some genuinely touching moments. The author does bring some credibility to the novel with some poignant and emotional moments. At times there is some real writing from the heart.
It's pure chick-lit ( albeit the topic is a bit more grown-up than the usual " I can't find Mr. right" plot). Don't expect anything else.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
I love her books and have now read all of them - I feel quite sad about that! I hope she publishes more soon
Published 5 months ago by Mrs B
5.0 out of 5 stars Not That Kind of Girl
Just as good as I'd hoped. Couldn't put it down. Would recommend it to anyone that either loves Catherine's writing style or a new fan.
Published 17 months ago by Alison Bright
1.0 out of 5 stars wouldn't recommend it
I had to give up this book, I have a love/hate relationship with this author and this one was a hate. Read more
Published 23 months ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars A Married Man
I was given this book by a friend, the first I have read by this author, I very much enjoyed, I shall be reading more by the same author, parts will make you laugh out load, there... Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2012 by Lu
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book by Catherine Alliott
Lucy's husband died in a car crash, the day she gave birth to their second child Max, it has taken Lucy 4 years to get over his death, when she feels she is ready to meet a new... Read more
Published on 16 Sep 2011 by Mrs. V. Leete
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant Read.... Very Entertaining
I have not read any of Catherine Alliotts books before , but a friend lent this book to me with strong recommendations. Read more
Published on 30 Aug 2011 by Tilly Tompkins
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I wanted to like this book but found myself struggling. Why? Well because I really didn't like the so called "heroine". Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2011 by Keane
2.0 out of 5 stars tiresome
Is is one of the more forgetable 'chick lit' books I have read.
I didn't mind the plot being predictable because these types of books often are. Read more
Published on 4 July 2010 by Lex
5.0 out of 5 stars much more than an affair
I thought this book was going to simply be about a love affair with a married man, but it was sooooo much more. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2007 by amy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad...but room for improvement!
I think that Catherine Alliot has a great idea for a story here- I got hooked and wanted to find out what happened. Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2007 by Kay Scarlet
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