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Freya North
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1 Jun 2000

Catriona McCabe, 28, only ever known at Cat, is trying to improve her career as a sports journalist and get over a failed relationship.

What better way to do both than to spend the summer following the Tour de France?

Plunged into a male press corps, Cat has to fight for space and for stories. From Provence to Paris, up the Pyranees and over the Alps, Cat and her entourage of podium girls, anxious wives, autocratic team directors and seasoned hacks pursue the boys on bikes. With sex, drugs, large bulges and larger egos, the soap opera that is the Tour de France unfolds, with Cat's life frequently mirroring the peaks and perils of the race. Take a ride on the wild side...

Catriona McCabe, 28, only ever known as Cat, is trying to improve her career as a sports journalist and move on from a failed relationship. What better way to do both than follow the Tour de France one Summer? From Provence to Paris, up the Pyrenees and over the Alps, Cat and an entourage of podium girls, anxious wives, autocratic team directors and seasoned hacks pursue the ruthless riders. With sex, drugs, lashings of lycra, glistening thighs,large bulges and larger egos, the soap opera that is the Tour de France unfolds with Cat's life frequently mirroring the peaks, perils and pace of the race.


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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (1 Jun 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099446774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099446774
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 19.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Freya North's first novel, Sally, was published to great acclaim while she was still in her twenties. Her subsequent books, Chloe, Polly, Cat, Fen, Pip, Love Rules, Home Truths and Pillow Talk have all been bestsellers. In 2008 Freya North won the RNA Book of the Year award with Pillow Talk. Her most recent novel, Secrets, was a huge top five bestseller.

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Cat McCabe is 29 and the youngest of three sisters brought up by their Uncle Django--a man with unusual culinary tastes ("I made pizza tonight," Django says proudly. "I had some bread that was going a bit off so I tore it up, added a little oil and beaten egg and a drop of ketchup, formed it into a base and baked the bugger. I added a topping of sardines, chicken liver, a little more ketchup and some Stilton.")--after their mother ran off with a cowboy from Denver.

A budding sports journalist obsessed with cycling, she's just been offered the chance of a lifetime--covering the Tour de France for the Guardian. But she's a little on the fragile side, having been dumped by her boyfriend of five years, and thus lost loads of weight and self-confidence. How will this English version of Ally McBeal survive the testosterone-fuelled cycling race? Will she succumb to the muscular thighs and obvious bulges of the sexy cyclists--and they to her slim English gorgeousness? How will she cope as one of only 12 women in the thousand-strong press corps? Will her Ex show up? Will he want her back? Does she want him back? And what about Ben York--team doctor for Megapac, the American outsiders? He seems to be flirting with her, and there's definitely Chemistry. But if he's after Cat, why was he looking deep into the eyes of Monique, the stunning Coca Cola podium girl? And, when the three gruelling weeks are over, will Cat get the features editorship she craves at Maillot magazine?

Lots of sex, angst, female bonding, cycling and lycra, plus a realistic smattering of wee and dysentery from the acclaimed author of Sally, Chloe and Polly. --Lisa Gee --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Very racy indeed -- Jilly Cooper on wheels." --"Woman's Own"

"An original, direct, funny new voice." --"Independent on Sunday"

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday reading 30 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I admit to getting this book free with a magazine (I'd just finished 'Olivia Joules Overactive Imagination' by Helen Fielding, far too quickly).
This book started quite slowly, and read a little like transcribed research at first, but it built itself into a thoroughly compelling read.
A great insight into the Tour de France, and a rather novel writing style as it's quite 'shrink and patient' style!
Buy it, read it in two days flat, and enjoy every page as it whizzes by
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I read this having read Chloe, Sally and Polly. This book has helped to strengthern my love of Freya Norths writing. As with all her other books I found that I could identify with Cat easily and found that I couldn't put the book down. I now want to go and see the Tour De France and try to get as close I can to Cat's experience of it. Another emotional and witty master peace by the extremly talented Freya North.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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possibly one of the best books I have read. The setting of the Tour de France as a vehicle to recover from lost love, makes an un-put-downable fourth offering from Freya North and her best novel to date. Cannot wait for 'Fen', just to find out what happens with Ben and Cat, which Freya will undoubtedly allow us to find out in tiny snippets, alongside news about Pip and Alex. One question though, how many women will now have a fixation with doctors and cyclists because of reading this book? I for one will be taking a great interest in the Tour de France this year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 10 July 2000
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Format:Paperback
I was trapped in Waterloo Station, waiting for a train, when I realized that I had nothing to read for the coming three-hour trip. I dashed into the nearest bookstore and grabbed Cat off the shelf at random. I read the synopsis while waiting to pay and decided that the book looked interesting enough to last the trip. Once I was on the train, I pulled it out again - and didn't put it down for the next three days. I was utterly charmed by Freya North's description of the world of racing and by Cat, the smart, sassy woman who had me loving her by the second page. I eagerly followed her tragedies and triumphs and came away with a new appreciation for the grueling Tour de France. I have yet to come across a book I liked as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Cat captures the atmosphere of the Tour de France from an interesting perspective. Only Freya North could turn a sports documentary into a romantic and sexy tale of boy, (well man), meets girl, (almost woman) and will they won't they. The love story itself varies its pace to match the Tour race. At times a frantic sprint, then a gentle ride, then an uphill struggle whilst misunderstandings are worked out, then a rush down into the forests below. The course of this particular tail of true love, like the Tour, runs through sunshine one day, storm clouds the next, and then into fragile mists at its peaks another. The laps sprinted around Paris at the end of the Tour are in many ways just as anti-climactic as the separation. But, not to worry, there's always the Vuelta, and sunny Spain, and a renewal of the passionate affair. Okay, it has its kitschy moments, the language is frequently coarse, as is some of the sex, but that it seems reflects the Tour itself. And, believe me by the end of the book you'll know more about the goings on amongst the cycling stars than a gynecologist knows about what goes on in a uterus. 150 years ago Cat would probably have been Elizabeth Bennett; but this is set in 1999, and we have cell phone conversations and sex made at several times the pace letters were written to Darcy; and a claustrophobic family atmosphere of sports journalists instead of the Bennetts themselves. This good yarn doesn't rattle; it can't. Every joint is lined with Lycra.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Had me hooked on the Tour de France 6 Aug 2001
By A Customer
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I loved this book, This was my 1st Freya North book I read. Made me watch the "Tour De France" this year and like Cat & her sisters I was totally blown away by it all! If I hadn't read this book I would never have watched the Tour or read any of her other books. I can't wait 'til the books about Cat's 2 sisters are published
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars since when was the tour de france this exciting? 10 May 2001
By A Customer
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after reading 'chloe' and 'sally' by freya north, i chanced upon 'cat', and found it to be by far the best novel of the trio. using the setting of the tour de france for this genuinely funny love story gives the novel more depth than the usual romantic yarns which fill the best seller lists. whilst hoping against hope for cat to find the solace she is deperately looking for, I found myself eager to find out how Luca or Stefano and Vasily placed in the stages. All the twists and turns that Freya litters so liberally made this book un-put-down-able. can't wait for 'fen'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Having thoroughly enjoyed Polly, Cat was next and was completely 'un-put-downable.' Freya North really gets you involved with all the characters and brought the Tour de France, for me, to life. A sport I once thought boring, I now cannot wait to follow this year. Not only does the author deal with her characters but concentrates too on the entire sport. Her style of writing is young and fresh and just what is needed for today's woman. SUPERB. I now need to read Sally and Chloe - keep it up.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Trying far too hard
Didn't get on with the writing style at all so a non-starter for me I'm afraid. Author trying far too hard, too flowery. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2010 by rachelcreative
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I agree with other one star ratings. I gave in at about page 150. I found that i wasn't interested in any of the characters and the discription of the bicycle race seemed to be... Read more
Published on 19 July 2008 by busy lizzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
A great, sexy read for the weekend. Got a little frustrated by all the sports talk and reports, so I skimmed over those to the more juicy, fun parts.
Published on 3 July 2008 by Miss C
3.0 out of 5 stars Undecided
I gave this book a 3, because I cant decide quite how I feel about it.

I found the style of the book hard to read at times, and there was an awful lot of Tour de France... Read more
Published on 30 May 2008 by dizzyshelly
5.0 out of 5 stars great summer read!
...i love the way North writes, you feel that you are in the story with the characters - ok, so its a bit trashy in parts, but who doesnt love a bit of trash when lying on the... Read more
Published on 27 May 2007 by Shelley Morris
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutly terrible!!!!!
I wish I had properly listened/read the previous reviews - this book is awful!!!

I have read the other books in the series - and enjoyed them - and so I thought that I... Read more
Published on 7 April 2007 by V. Shelley
5.0 out of 5 stars Three sister stories
I love the way Freya North writes, her books are so fun to read i can't put one down when i start.I read Cat,Pip and Fen within the first week of my holiday in Florida of all... Read more
Published on 15 May 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars Me Too!
I got this book free with a magazine too. I'd already read Fen and Pip so did want to read the last sisters book. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2005 by bex
1.0 out of 5 stars oh dear
after reading some good reviews of this book i was expecting something pretty good however, after reading half of the book i just couldnt be bothered with it anymore. Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2004 by Mrs. K. M. Hall-gearing
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I loved this book! Not only was Cat a character I could relate to, but the storyline kept me enthralled. I knew nothing about the Tour de France and loved learning. A great read.
Published on 25 Aug 2003 by KatyF
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