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Catherine Alliott
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10 May 2012

From Catherine Alliott, bestselling author of A Crowded Marriage and The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, comes One Day in May, a gorgeous rural romantic comedy about facing up to your past.

One day in May, Hattie's life changes for ever . . .

Hattie Carrington has good reason to be happy. Her antiques business is flourishing, her teenage son is settled at school and she's enjoying a fling with a sexy, younger man. But when work takes her back to the village of Little Crandon, heartbreaking memories of her first love surface. It seems that the secret affair with married politician Dominic Forbes, which changed the course of her life, just won't go away.

So 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 she's ever to fall in love again she needs to be honest with others, and herself.

Can she admit what really happened with Dominic all those years ago? And, if so, is she ready for the consequences?

Step into Alliott country with One Day in May.

Praise for Catherine Alliott:

'Another charming tale of love and heartbreak from this wonderfully warm and witty author' Woman

'She's getting better and better. A complete pleasure to read' Daily Mail

'A fun, fast-paced page-turner' OK

Catherine Alliott is the author of twelve bestselling novels: A Crowded Marriage, A Married Man, Not That Kind of Girl, Going Too Far, The Old-Girl Network, Olivia's Luck, Rosie Meadows Regrets..., The Wedding Day, The Real Thing, The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, One Day in May, A Rural Affair. She lives with her family in Hertfordshire.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (10 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718192605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718192600
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,608 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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About the Author

Catherine Alliott is the author of ten bestselling novels including The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton, A Crowded Marriage and Not That Kind of Girl. She lives with her family in Hertfordshire.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars French Antiques and English Stately Homes 8 Mar 2010
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I really enjoyed Catherine Alliott's last novel so I was tempted to read this one. I wasn't disappointed. While I don't think it is quite as good as `The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton' I did enjoy reading it. Hattie is in business running an antique shop and she and her partner - Maggie - undertake interior decorating commissions. They specialise in all things French and regularly visit French antique fairs. Hattie has an adopted son - Seffy - who is away at boarding school and a toy boy - Ivan - who is also in the antiques trade.

The story revolves round the upheavals in Hattie's life when a secret from her past is revealed which threatens to overturn her organised life in the present. The book is full of interesting characters - Hattie's sister Laura and her husband Hugh - Maggie with her sharp tongue who is not afraid of anyone - and a deliciously camp interior decorator who Laura invites to re-vamp her newly inherited stately home.

I thought the book was well written with some far from easy problems for all the characters to solve. The section set in Bosnia during the war of the 1990s was well done as were the visits to France. Descriptions of the English and French countryside brought the scenery to life. All the characters were believable and interesting and I wanted to know what happened to them. This is an enjoyable read provided you like your chick lit to have a bit more substance than the usual light reading. I would have liked to give in 4.5*s as it is not quite a 5* read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars sorry but it's fairly rubbish 27 April 2010
I have enjoyed Alliot's books in the past and I certainly enjoy some good chick lit. But this was totally blooming ridiculous. Completely pathetic attempt at the Balkans, absolutely riddled with histocial and geographical errors that rendered the story completely laughable. She should stick to the home counties. Clearly can't even get London right, either- were you aware that North End Road is in South London? Really annoying, as I was looking forward to a nice mindless chick lit read and instead ended up feeling very irritated.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Accuracy please... 21 Aug 2010
I usually enjoy this author - the one about Evie Hamilton was very good - but the inaccuracies in this one irked me - especially the one about graduating from Edinburgh wearing a mortar board... Edinburgh students just wear gowns and hoods. If authors don't know things from personal research or experience - CHECK!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Day In May 17 Mar 2010
By Leah Graham TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Hattie is a happy single mother to son Seffy, has a flourishing French antiques business with best friend Maggie and has a relatively young boyfriend, Ivan, to boot. But when her sister, Laura, asks Hattie and Maggie to help work on her and her husband Hugh's house, it brings back painful memories for Hattie as that's where her first love Dominic lived. Matters are made worse when Hattie bumps into his widow Letty and handsome brother Hal. Is Hattie finally able to spill the beans about what happened with Dominic all those years ago and, if so, is she able to keep her life as she knows it in tact?

While the main plot at the beginning of the review may well be about Hattie bumping into the widow of her first love, Dominic, there is actually so much more going on in the book. There's the fact Hattie and her partner Maggie are co-re-decorating Laura and Hugh's, Hattie's sister and brother-in-law, house along with a completely different designer Ralph De Grandville which causes much consternation between all parties concerned. Hattie's relationship with Ivan, her younger boyfriend, is also a bit of a talking point throughout the book. But my favourite sub-plot to the book was learning all about the younger Hattie and how she came to fall in love with Dominic, a married politician. I found that part of the book entirely absorbing although I was constantly telling Hattie not to go there or do that! Another fantastic part of the entire story was Hattie's visit to Bosnia where she joins her brother Kit who was working with the International Red Cross during the war there. Catherine must have really had to do her research about that and it sounded like such terrible things happened there. The terror and sense of not knowing what may happen to you was palpable and it was really gripping.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good with a few caveats not to say exeats 4 Mar 2010
This is a return to form after Catherine Alliott's last book and I really enjoyed it, down to the last page. There are a few good surprises in it, lots of lovely descriptions of nice places and some good characters. But does anybody proof-read these books? Nobody, not even British MPs I'd imagine, had emails in the early 1990s yet our heroine finds herself dealing with her boss's emails in or around 1994. And why do the children in these books always attend boarding-schools from which they are granted 'exeats'? I know they have to be at boarding-schools so as to allow their mothers - the heroines - the necessary freedom to do what makes novels interesting, but do they have to be so ridiculously posh? This strikes a very pretentious note which sits uneasily with Alliott's engaging lack of snobbery in other areas. But on the whole, I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants an honest-to-goodness and rather surprising romance, with a few laughs and lots of interesting travels along the way. But please Penguin,remember that even chicklit readers value historical accuracy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable read
Lovely book to read good story line
Published 24 days ago by Barbara Marris
4.0 out of 5 stars About being honest with yourself - and others
I really enjoyed this, my first Catherine Alliott book. As I expected, it was very “county” featuring the gentry, peers of the realm, MPs with country piles, shooting, Range... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Skaty Katie
5.0 out of 5 stars must read
great read. witty, heartfelt one minute has you smiling the next tears rolling down your cheeks you really emphasise with each character enjoying the subtle twists
Published 5 months ago by jenibaker
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!
I have read all her books and don't have a bad thing to say. This comes up to the standard of her others and I will look for and buy her next book for definite.
Published 8 months ago by Linchika
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and keeps you wanting more!
Fantastic read - Have read all her books now apart from the latest as hoping for that for crimbo. Great writer, very funny and keeps you wanting more - always a shame when come to... Read more
Published 9 months ago by sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite of hers .. and a stupid twist that i hated!!!
errrrrm i'm a bit confused about this book as its very heavy dark in places then light and fluffy in others, its like she couldn't decide what path to take. Read more
Published 11 months ago by F. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable
I found this book really enjoyable. I found it funny, heart warming, emotional...then you get to the end and find out it was one great big lie! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Louise
2.0 out of 5 stars wish I hadn't bothered.
I was thrilled when I discovered Catherine Alliott. When I read The Old Girl Network I laughed outloud. I love A Rural Affair. Read more
Published 12 months ago by CMP
5.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read
Probably the best Alliott book to date. Excellent read, hardly able to put it down and very unexpected ending. Very quick delivery and a reasonable price.
Published 13 months ago by Lorraine norden
5.0 out of 5 stars Cant get enough
I have all of Catherine Alliott's books. Once I start reading them I cant put them down and can be found sitting in my garden reading all times of day. Great reads.
Published 14 months ago by susan giblin
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