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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Review (14 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755336933
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755336937
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 510,584 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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'Alliott's portrayal of adolescents is spot on, and the rich inner lives of the adults...give this conventional romance depth' Publishers Weekly, 25/7/05 (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A wickedly witty new novel from the Sunday Times number 1 bestselling author of A MARRIED MAN --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov 2004
Format: Hardcover
This was a great book, very entertaining, funny, well written and a story that gets you so intrigued that you can't put it down. The adventures of Annie and everyone around her are both hilarious and endearing at the same time, a real page turner that will put you in a great mood and make you forget about everything else.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Kaiser on 18 April 2005
Format: Paperback
I don't know how Alliott keeps all the balls in the air at the same time while still maintaining the reader's interest in each character. Not only do we root for Annie as she tries to write her novel and straighten out her lovelife (ex-husband, fiance, rugged American houseguest) in a lovely Cornwall cottage, but we also become sympathetic towards her perfect, annoying, controlling sister and her own marriage. We feel for Matt, Annie's American houseguest, as he deals with his horrifying ex-wife in a fight for his son, and enjoy Annie's daughter Flora as she struggles with teenage angst. Alliott writes with such sensitivity and humor. Characters are never stereotypical; plotlines are never boring. This is a great read.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By la_pretzel on 30 May 2005
Format: Paperback
Romantic fiction is nothing if not formulaic, and it wouldn't be particularly difficult to create a computer program that manipulated the finite number of available characters and subplots into a variety of possible combinations.
That's really not the point. Okay, you can play 'spot the subplot' all you like, as well as identifying the set characters who pop up in each of Catherine Alliot's books under a different name. Yet this is well-written stuff by the standards of the genre. You may be pretty sure what the ending will be, but it's always a puzzle quite how Alliot will get her heroine that far, given the obstacles she blithely throws at her characters.
If mildly witty dialogue, comfortingly predictable yet sympathetic characters, and a happy ending isn't your sort of thing, then you're certainly in the wrong corner of the bookshop. So, you go and find something challenging to read, I'll sit here quietly with a pot of tea, my Catherine Alliot novel, and a packet of biscuits, and we'll see who enjoys their book the most...
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Format: Paperback
Catherine Alliott writes some excellent books in this genre, and it is no surprise to me that Marian Keyes rates her as "one of her favourite authors". 'The Wedding Day' is a fun and mostly light-hearted romp, for an interesting group of characters as Annie tried to get her wedding organised and her first novel completed.

Where Catherine Alliott veers away from "traditional" chick-lit, and what makes her books so absorbing, is the sudden plot twists that hit you, and the darker undercurrent to her characters. But life is like that! Nice people have horrid things happen to them out of the blue, 'perfect' people have a darker side that you don't normally see. She writes about real life, but dresses it up to make it fun.

I became totally caught up in this story once the scene was set, and the main characters introduced. And yes, it is slightly escapist - who wouldn't fall in love with David, the dashing doctor - and who wouldn't love to have access to the family stately mansion in rural Cornwall, with its own private beach! But Annie has her own sets of problems, including a timid and lonely mother, an overbearing (but fragile) sister, an almost-teenage daughter with a complete set of neuroses, and an ex-husband who fails to appreciate that they are actually divorced. Flora, the daughter, would love her parents to get back together, despite adoring her new stepfather-to-be, and Annie is constantly torn in two directions. Enter Matt, the difficult 'lodger' and suddenly she has another man to contend with. With his own set of truly horrific problems.

There are light-hearted moments galore. I loved the letters & emails from her prospective publisher, and the scene where she finally gives Adam a piece of her mind is divine!

I read this in about 3 days, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Can't wait for my next Catherine Alliott to read :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Rose TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 2 Nov 2006
Format: Paperback
What a great light-hearted read. Very chick-lit with the usual splash of humour, sex, romance and just the right amount of predictability - excellent for a holiday/weekend read.
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By C. Rucroft VINE VOICE on 10 Sep 2009
Format: Paperback
This was my first Catherine Alliott book and it was very enjoyable. I read it fairly quickly and was eager to get back to read it. The story flowed really easily and I could imagine all the characters in their various situations (crucial to a good book in my opinion).

So, why did I give it 4, and not 5, stars? Well, everything was just a bit perfect. Real life's not like that! Also, many scenes were incredibly rushed (especially the ending, giving nothing away).

I liked this book and I will read more by her. I just didn't love it x
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