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Living Dangerously [Paperback]

Katie Fforde
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5 Jun 2003

Polly Cameron is happy being thirty-five and celibate, living in a small Gloucestershire town with a possessive cat for company and a Rayburn for comfort. After all, a relationship would only complicate things...

But Polly's life is already complicated. In addition to her job in the Whole Nut café and her part in the 'Save Our High Street' campaign, there's her pottery career to get off the ground. Not to mention dodging the efforts of her friends and mother to find her a husband...

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (5 Jun 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099446650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099446651
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Katie Fforde lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and some of her three children. Recently her old hobbies of ironing and housework have given way to singing, Flamenco dancing and husky racing. She claims this keeps her fit. Her website address is

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'Perfect summer reading’ -- Choice

‘Can be scoffed at one sitting … tasty!’ -- Cosmopolitan

‘Joanna Trollope crossed with Tom Sharpe’ -- Mail on Sunday

‘Old-fashioned romance of the best sort…funny, comforting’ Elle‘Delicious’ -- Sunday Times

‘The romance fizzes along with good humour and is a good, fat, summery read’ -- Sunday Mirror

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From the bestselling author of Wedding Season and Going Dutch.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a lovely book 26 Jan 2008
Polly Cameron thirty something would be potter works as a waitress. She lives amid clutter and cats and normality. She is a lovely character with her oxfam clothes and her genuine kindness especially to drunken teenagers.This is one of Ffordes best novels the characters are well presented even the awfull jolly hockey sticks Melissa whose decor matches her food beige. Polly meets the rather stuffy David Locking-Hill and they are immediately attracted to each other, despite their differences. Polly is in her own way somewhat repressed, and this shows unconsciously in her work as a potter, an encounter with David changes all that and Polly begins to change her style as an artist. An enjoyable read.
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
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For some reason, the reviews from earlier editions of this book are not picked up in this section! If you'd take the time to check the earlier editions, you'll see that many readers just love this book. Please don't let one bad review dissuade you from reading this book - it's superb! It's wonderful! It's a modern classic! (OK,OK, that's a bit much - but really, it's just terrific.) Not every book is right for every reader, and obviously the first reviewer of this re-release was not well pleased - to each their own. The main protagonist, Polly, is not perfect - but she's got her reasons, and she really comes out of her shell as the story progresses. I love Fforde's attention to detail - but don't be put off by that, it's not monotonous and pointless. And while Polly isn't perfect - criminy isn't David though?! My absolute favorite Fforde "hero". Can you tell I love this book? Yes I do - and I really think you (or most of you!) will too!
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Phenomenal Fforde 15 Jun 2002
By A Customer
I am a big Katie Fforde fan. I have read all her books and love them all for different reasons but Living Dangerously is my number one favourite. I adore the characters especially the Darcyesque David and I have re-read the book more times that I care to remember. If you only read one Katie Fforde (and I'm sure you'll want to read more), read this one.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, delightful, charming 10 April 2001
By A Customer
I have read all of Katie Fforde books and though I love them all and look forward to each one, I think this is still my favourite. Having worked in a wholefood cafe myself the ambience in the kitchen with the preparations makes me feel quite nostalgic. David, the hero, is sexy and gorgeous in a Mr Darcy way and Polly is def Lizzie Bennett. I have read and rearead this book and love it every time. Highly recommended. I am delighted to see from checking this page that she has two more books due out this year. I shall buy them both on date of publication with no hesitation whatsoever
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy Bridget Jones - Buy this! 31 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Brilliant! Excellent read! Funny, poignant and sexy all at the same time - everything a good "gals" book should be. It has the kind of quiet, understated, observational, dry sense of humour that leaves you so much more satisfied than the in-yer-face pseudo-feminism of Brigdet Jones' Diary. Makes me want to abandon the mad, viscous work-kids-home-sleep-work cycle and go and live the single life again in a run-down cottage with unpredictable heating and a neurotic cat (read the book and you'll know what I mean - trust me!).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far her best. 27 Feb 2012
By ellee
I'm amazed at the number of negative reviews here for this book. I've read numerous Katie Fforde books and to me this and Wild Designs are by far her best books. I came to them first and prior to the awful re-packaging they have undergone in recent years which makes them look like your standard repetitive chick lit rubbish. To me her writing deteriorated seriously after this and became much more standard fare. Looking at the reviews, I think if you have read her later books and liked them you are maybe going to find this one a bit slow.

I think most romance writers do their best work early and the pressure of having to continue to churn out books takes its toll on later books when their ideas and excitment just aren't as fresh. Marian Keyes is another whose early books are great and whose later books just don't have the same fizz.

I really enjoyed Living Dangerously and I still re-read my battered penguin copy (no pastels in sight!) with great pleasure from time to time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic as always 25 May 2010
This is my favourite book of Katie Ffordes. I love it!

As I had read "Love Letters" by Katie Fforde I thought it may be a good idea to read her first book, hoping it would be as good.
And it was.
Within this book you got some very romantic scenes which just makes your blood pump. Which I do believe may be the point.
You have David who is rish, a widower and very garded, but knows what he wants. But then there is Polly who is not at all comfortable with herself physically and would love to become a potter, but does not have the money to give up her part time job as a cook.
The love between them grows gradually but this book is not slow like the love between the two characters. It is fast pace with lots of Mischief.
This would either be a good bedtime read or a good outdoor read whilst on a nice weekend holiday.
Who ever said romance was dead.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Katie Fford at her best 24 Mar 2004
if you are just going to read one of Katie Fford's books, choose this one.
A happy formula of thirty-not-stick-insect independant woman, with artistic abilities, finding love.
A book I want to keep, a feel good.
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3.0 out of 5 stars spot on
spot on
Published 26 days ago by gwilmo
4.0 out of 5 stars very cute book
I love Katie Fforde and all of the girly romance in all of her books. Can't put down reading material.
Published 2 months ago by CW
1.0 out of 5 stars Predictably
Not as great as books of other authors from the same category have yo say. A pleasant read and nice story.
Published 4 months ago by Adrianna
4.0 out of 5 stars A Lovely Book to keep your spirits High!
I read this book about 17 years ago. But lent out my copy never to see it again! So I treated myself again and I am so glad I did. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. Pearl Elston
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good read
As a fan of katie Fford I always enjoy her books and this is no exception. It is pure escapism and lovely to put your feet up and relax with.
Published 7 months ago by JKP
5.0 out of 5 stars The Original and Nearly the Best
I am not usually a reader of romance, but I do live near the town that is the prototype for the town in the book, so of course I was intrigued. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Lydia C. Savage
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Very enjoyable book, just like all the other books by this author. Well worth the read. Nice and light hearted
Published 8 months ago by samiad
4.0 out of 5 stars Relaxing Read
Enjoyed the storyline. Good beginning and end, story line slowed for a while mid-stream.
Like the career path changes that link the books.
Published 8 months ago by Christine Ward
2.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed and predictable
I usually really enjoy Katie Ffordes books, however this one was a disappointment. I found it very difficult to get into and after the first 50 pages or so almost gave up. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Morning
I always choose her books because she never lets you down, so roll on her next novel, I can't wait.
Thank You
Published 9 months ago by jax 7
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