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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (5 July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006514766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006514763
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 17.9 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 871,618 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cathy Kelly is published around the world, with millions of books in print. A number one bestseller in the UK, Ireland and Australia, her trademark is warm Irish story-telling about modern life, always with an uplifting message, sense of community and strong female characters at the heart.

She lives with her family and their three dogs in County Wicklow, Ireland. She is also an Ambassador for UNICEF Ireland, raising funds and awareness for children orphaned by or living with HIV/AIDS.

Author Photograph by Barry McCall

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Cathy Kelly's Someone Like You is the uplifting tale of three thirtysomething women who meet on holiday in Egypt and become close friends. Emma, Leonie and Hannah are all at different stages in their lives but have one thing in common--each one is waiting for that final jigsaw piece to slot into place, the elusive thing that will make them truly happy. Newly married Emma yearns for a baby. Feeling "infertile, barren, hopeless and useless as a woman", she also has to deal with a domineering father who still treats her like a child. Veterinary nurse Leonie is on the hunt for a man "who lives life with passion and vigour", and will give her all the things that were missing from her 10-year marriage. Hannah has been on a mission to become an independent woman ever since Harry walked out and decided that a "year-long trek around South America" was more important than their relationship.

As their stories develop, we witness the three women growing to lean on each other as they strive to fulfil their dreams. Friendship is a pivotal theme and Kelly, author of She's the One and Never Too Late, uses the growing bond between these women to reveal their innermost thoughts and secrets, creating fully realised, three-dimensional characters. This is evident as Emma plunges deeper into depression, realising that she may not be able to conceive: "... the pain hit her again. The pain of knowing that there had been no baby growing safely inside her, wrapped in fierce love and protected from the world by Emma's body ... She heard a noise and realised that it was herself, crying, keening like a woman at a funeral". Fans of Cathy Kelly will undoubtedly relish this modern tale of love and friendship. --Amy Gallagher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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From the reviews of previous books:

‘A compulsive read’
Woman’s Weekly

‘All the ingredients of the blockbuster are here… a page turner’
Sunday Independent

‘Not only one but two likeable heroines… Kelly dramatises her story with plenty of sparky humour’
The Times

‘Down-to-earth and insightful, her novels are as compelling as Big Brother’
Andrea Henry, Mirror


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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 May 2001
Format: Paperback
The book, at first, appeared daunting by its thickness. An inevitably large tome!!
Upon reading the first page however I knew I would be hooked. The book is a delightful insight into the lives of three very different women, of which the reader can see aspects of herself in them all. They initially meet on holiday in Egypt and become firm friends, despite their differences (or because of!).
Emma with the difficult and unenviable situation with her mother and her desperate longing for a baby.
Leonie bravely ended her 10-year marriage and is now searching for her one true love.
Hannah, hurt by men and claiming her independence.
Cathy Kelly has an inane knack of bringing the characters so true to life you really begin to understand and share the pain that these women go through and feel as though you are there with them. Having experienced similar, Emma's situation with her mother was portrayed so accurately and with such compassion that I actually cried.
I can wholeheartedly recommend this to all you holiday makers as the "Beach Book of the Year". I actually took time out of my socialising to stop in and read this book, it was that good!! It was just a pity that the book had to end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 Jun 2003
Format: Paperback
This was the first book I have read by Cathy Kelly and I loved it. Although the book is quite large and you wonder how you will get through it all, I throughly enjoyed this book. I fell in love with all of the charcters and felt very very sad when I finished it. I particularly liked Hannah and felt incredibly sorry for her, when she meets the delectable Felix. I also felt sorry for Emma and her situation, it was so delicately told that it stirred many emotions. A real chick-lit book, read this book because it is fanatstic, if anyone is wanting a new Chick Lit author to try, try this one!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By barneykaching@hotmail.com on 11 Nov 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is fantastic! If you like a romantic and realistic storyline this is the book for you. You can picture the characters in the finest detail and relate to so many of the topics Cathy Kelly approaches. The story follows the lives of three women who meet on a cruise to Eygpt. After the holiday ends they decide to stay in touch. From falling in love with irresistable actors to caring for your mother who is suffering from Alzeimers. There is nothing these women cannot do. You'll desperately want to see this trio achieve their dreams!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Delilah Doolittle on 4 July 2001
Format: Paperback
This book has got to be one of the best that I have ever read and I have read a lot of books! I loved the characters, the storyline everything! It was the first book of Cathy Kellys that I have read and I am already searching for the rest of hers. I couldn't put this book down and was utterly devastated when I came to the end of it! C'mon Cathy Kelly - How about a sequel..? Pretty please?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L Murphy on 20 Jan 2009
Format: Paperback
This was a great read, if you're looking for something bulky and entertaining this is the one... Theres so many story lines it just kept me entertained. The main characters were all likeable, there were a couple of characters you will wanna smack ie Emma's dad and Hannah's boyfriend Felix... yuck! There were a lot of issues covered in this book friendship, love, betrayal, bulimia, pregnancy, travel, divorce... loved it! Cant wait to read the next Cathy Kelly book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By deborah anne on 30 Nov 2006
Format: Paperback
As always Cathy Kelly never fails to deliver. I read this in 2 days and felt sad to leave the characters behind, this to me is the sign of a good read. Buy this book and revel in the twist and turns of the lives of Hannah, Emma and Leonie. There is something in all these characters that women can relate to and men could certainly learn from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By OllyOctopus on 21 Mar 2001
Format: Hardcover
I curled up and read and read this novel till I finished, and then felt like I'd lost three really good friends as I closed the book. Emma, Hannah, and Leonie were three very real characters whom you care about. The book examines some serious issues but without taking the reader away from the relationships and the plot. I was particularly struck by the descriptions of Emma's mum who is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, and how it affect the family. Overall, I think this is a definite hit by Cathy Kelly, and I can't wait for her next novel!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sam on 11 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
Great. Yeah, you can work out who is going to be with who at the end and if you are going to moan about that ... why are you reading this type of book in the first place. I loved getting to the end, in fact, I am tired after two late nights rhinking just one more chapter. I miss the characters and am sad I have finished ... a good sign I think. Thanks again Cathy Kelly.
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