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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Headline; Reprint edition (27 Jan 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747243905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747243908
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 17.8 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,188,072 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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Move over Jilly Cooper, your heir is apparent (Time Out) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A beautiful new package for the irresistibly brilliant first novel from Sunday Times Number 1 bestselling author, Catherine Alliott.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Claire, Lulu VINE VOICE on 10 Jan 2004
Format: Paperback
This book, although relatively old, was one that caught my eye sometime ago on a recommendations list by amazon. I put it in my wish list for Crimble and alas someone bought me it!
This is the first of Alliots i have read and it will not be the last! I am really impressed!
It begins with the lead character Polly playing her games on the way to work and from then on you just cannot stop laughing, the story goes on to tell of her past present and "what SHE thinks is going to be" her future. The characters Alliot has invented are so loveable, even the "villains", such as her "boyfriend" Harry and her boss Nick. Polly is forever daydreaming about one thing or another and this is where her personality shows itself! The endless twists and turns she takes are what makes the story! A most memorable character who will leave you awake laughing until the early hours definately worth a read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 July 1999
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The Old-girl network is a fast and funny read, ideal for the beach or lounging around the garden on a sunny day. It's light and undemanding, but that doesn't mean you have to switch off your brain. The plot is complicated enough to keep your interest, the heroine isn't so dim or the hero such a macho bore that you lose interest in whether they get together or not. In short, it's a modern, witty romance that - in parts - had me laughing out loud. I'd recommend it, and look forward to reading more of Catherine Alliott's books.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Johnson ducks10@bigpond.com.au on 11 April 2002
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I first picked up the book in my local library in Perth Western Australia. I laughed from start to finish, as the story has an interesting plot it made for really excellent reading. I have since bought the book and all other titles of Catherines. I have also got many of my aussie friends interested too. Must read. Please write more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Feb 2001
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The question I keep asking myself is this: How can I, a self-proclaimed feminist, be such a sucker for characters like Polly and Nick? In fact, what the heck am I doing reading "chick lit" in the first place? But Polly really is delightful - I think I like her because she's so clumsy and awkward - but when she needs to, can pull it all together. I understand that this is Ms Alliot's first book - it's a great effort, with a solid plot. There's good guys and bad guys (and some of the bad guys are silly bad guys, some are really stinky.) And then there's Nick - without giving it all away, he's a good guy and you have to love him. There's only one problem - I hesitate to read "Going too Far" (the continuation of the Polly saga). I'd like to envision a happy ever after life for her, but I have my doubts about her ability to keep it all together...but this book is a charmer, pick it up!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amanda R on 17 Oct 2012
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Amazed that no one has ever reviewed this book. How has it slipped through the net? I read it many years ago and, as with all Alliott, loved it. Come on ladies, reward this fab writer with kind words please.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CMP on 8 Feb 2013
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I had not come across Catherine Alliott before but will certainly buy some more of her books. I just loved this. Of course, Polly is beyond belief, the fibs....well!! However, as I rarely if ever laugh out loud at something in a book, this was a first, quite hilarious in places! I could hardly stop reading it. I loved Polly's flights of fantasy. Maybe the whole story line was unbelievable in retrospect but, suspend belief and enjoy! The ending was a real surprise too. I see there is a sequel 'Going too Far', it doesn't seem to get all good reviews in Amazon but I must get it and am hoping for another enjoyable read!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By carolinecarrington@cwctv.net on 1 Feb 2002
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the best book that I have read it made me laugh out loud I read going to far first not realising that it was a sequel so when I stumbled across the old girl network and stumbled across polly once again I was in reader heaven and then re-read going to far I love all catherine alliott books but the old girl network my favorite now very sad that I no longer have polly to make me chuckle so more books please.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Jan 2001
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This was my first Catherine Alliott book, and I literally could not put it down!! I know everyone says that but it is so true!! Every chapter ended with you having to go on to find out what would happen next!! I loved Polly, and I loved Nick! The silly little situations she would find herself in because of her over active imagination were hysterical!! I loved Marian Keyes and when I finished with her books I was desperate for another good author, and I have found her! I recommend Going To Far as well, it is another 5 star book. I hope The Real Thing is just as good as the other two, and I somehow don't think I will be disappointed! Buy this book today.
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