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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 23 June 2004
Catherine Alliott always knows hows to write a likeable character that jumps off the page with realism. And this time was no different...
The story of Polly Penhalligan carried on from 'The Old Girl Network' had me intrigued from the word 'go'. Her seemingly perfect life is speckled with bouts of realistic flaws that we all suffer from in real life that make this novel leap at you as you find yourself relating to situations and moments that Polly is experiencing. It makes her real. And everyone loves to read about 'real' characters with a 'real' story to tell. And this is what Catherine Alliott has done - and she tells the story brilliantly.
Having read each and every novel of Catherine Alloitt's, I'm an admirer of her ability to turn imaginary characters in her mind to truthful, charasmatic, geniune people on paper. And it doesn't stop, the story just keeps on going...
A fantastic read. I took four of her novels with me on holiday and read each of them three times before I got back home. Riveting!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 13 September 2000
I lent this one to a girlfriend of mine with a warning "you may laugh so much that you'll wet yourself". That she almost did.
Forget Bridget Jones and others in the genre this is by far the best! Never will you look at a green shield stamp in the same way without rememer the gynacologists scene. Interested - well read more.
I describe the humour as posh Victoria Wood. The kind of humour where one laughs because she gets it exactly spot on. Ever tried to give up smoking or ever tried to diet. Have you ever put you foot where your mouth should be and then dug yourself into a deeper hole. Then this book is for you - in fact you may ask has the author met you. Read - you will not be dissapointed
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 6 May 2001
I did enjoy this book which I purchased after reading Oliva's Luck. The lead character of Polly is funny as a city girl out of water in the country scene. Particularly liked the horse awards at the beginning! However I have to say that I much prefered Oliva's Luck to this as the storyline was a tad predictable and did not have as many storylines running throught it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2004
I read the Old Girl Network just after Xmas and thought it was brilliant so when i learned there was a sequal i had to ruch out to buy it! I was not disappointed! From start to finish Polly has you locked in her fantasy world where anything is possible! She agrees to lend her home and land to a film crew and its "actors" for their new ad this as can be imagined sparks this hilarious witty book giving everyone who has ever been bored, tired or just down right unenthusiastic a taste of their own medicine! it is well worth the read it will have you giggling and wondering into the early hours! A tad predictable i suppose but downright excellent! Deffinately not the last of Alliots i will be reading!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2013
I took this book on holiday and sat in the garden one afternoon reading it and laughing out loud! The next morning the people staying in the next door cottage asked what I had been reading that I'd found so funny and when I told them they said that they had not come across Catherine Alliott before but it sounded like the sort of book that they would enjoy too.
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on 11 May 2014
Once again, one of my favourite authors has entertained me for 2 days with a wonderfully crafted book. This one was pure escapism, not least because the main character Polly, is completely barking mad, but because Ms Alliott has a real knack of witty writing and concocting fabulous story lines. This was humorous and serious at the same time, and with Polly's scatty personality, I found myself loving her character even more than I did in The Old Girl Network. I have most of Alliott's books on my Kindle and so far I have enjoyed them all. Still got about 4 to read.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 16 July 2002
This book was a fantastic read- a wickedly funny romance that captures the heart of the reader. it combines wit, frivolry and humour. At times, I found myself in tears of laughter! The scatty hero, Polly is fantastic and every 20something girl in Britain will be able to relate to her. Through this book, we follow her intermost fears and unavoidable dilemmas!
This book is any easy read which you can pick up at any time. It isnt complicated and would, I imagine appeal most to young, single, career minded women.
It combines harmless fun with an underlying moral and makes an excellent read. I couldnt put it down!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 19 February 2010
I bought this book on the strength of a later Catherine Alliott book I had enjoyed but was severely disappointed. The main character was unbearably silly...the sort of person who, in real life you would go out of your way to avoid. The situations were painful and embarassing. I have to admit I put it down part way through and never bothered to pick it up again.
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on 2 February 2014
I very much enjoyed this book as with all Catherine Alliott - great for holidays when you just need to relax and not think too hard!
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on 12 January 2014
I really enjoy reading books by this writer. I intend to buy all her books eventually. A read a awful lot of books.
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