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Olivia's Luck Paperback – 5 Oct 2000
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Fans of Catherine Alliot's other novels will be pleased to find that they can add another page-turner to their growing libraries. Olivia's Luck is a combination of gentle farce, emotional heartache and some uplifting moments. Olivia (Livvy) recounts the sudden breakdown of her 10-year-old marriage and the swings and roundabouts that follow. Alliot has created a seductive cast of characters, from Livvy's 10-year-old daughter and the cockney builders to her mother-in-law and old school friends, all of whom seem realistic, with a dash of the drama queen for the fun of the story. Although--or maybe because--the novel is damning about the fate of marriages and the bad behaviour of men, the story will strike a chord with many thirtysomething women.
As with Alliot's other novels, this is a book that demands to be read in one sitting, devouring the pages alongside the chocolates. The ending is happy in a fittingly idiosyncratic way, and a fine reward for an afternoon away from real life. Ultimately, though Livvy seems to lead a "a very unusual and complicated life ... nutters and weirdos at every corner ... on intimate terms with the police...", she is an ordinary 21st-century woman trying to carve out a comfortable life for her and her daughter.
Alliott's joie de vivre is irresistible (Daily Mail)
Hilarious and full of surprises (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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26 September 2013
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If you are like me and a person who likes to be seen as competent but in reality is a complete caper maker this book comes highly recommended! A good plot, total embarrassment as well as gentle poignancy, this is a such a funny book, I laughed out loud many times!
23 May 2001
It seemed perfect timing to publish this novel just as we hit a heat wave in Britain! I have spent a thoroughly enjoyable time reading the exploits of Livvy and her family and friends. Livvy as the main character is very believable, and is supported by a lively cast of 3 dimensional characters who added humour, drama, and emotion to the plot. Just one thing freaked me out about Livvy - just who wouldn't she leave her child with???? Or is it the norm to leave your 10 year old with the builders? And then to accuse Sebastian of being a child molester! However, I absolutely loved the character of Claudia, who seemed to sum up the "tweenie" age perfectly. I agree with the previous reviewer that the sub plot with the builders seemed to come out of the blue at the end, but I did enjoy the sub plots of Molly and Imogen. The irony of the ending for Johhny adds emotion and purpose to the story. As I said at the beginning, a great read, and I'm looking forwards to the next!
8 February 2001
Olivia's Luck is a wonderful book, which once started is difficult to put down. The characters stay in your mind even when you're not actually reading the book - like good friends. The only reason why I have not given this book a five star rating is that Old Girl Network is such a brilliant, side splittingly funny book (I read it on a plane and got many an angry look as I woke my fellow passengers up with my uncontrollable laughter), that merits the five stars, whereas Olivia's Luck is not quite in that league. Excellent stuff - can't wait for the next one - I gave many of my friends this book for Christmas.
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Aside from the casual but fortunately only ocassional use of homophobic language and a tendancy for characters to drink and drive, this is a brilliant read.Read more
One of those books that reads so easily that you finish it too fast. I loved every page and I can't wait to read all of Catherine's other books!
Funny, funny, funny. Alliott's writing can swing all over the place, but when she is on, she is so very, very on. I just loved this book.Read more
I have never considered myself a reader but after reading A Married Man, then Olivia's Luck, and most recently Rosie Meadows Regrets, I feel like a book worm!Read more
Olivia is married with a ten year old daughter named Claudia. She thinks that she has the ideal life, until her husband Johnny leaves her for a nursery teacher, at her child's...Read more
Olivia's is an ordinary housewife who does extraordinary things. Molly & Hugh's are a definite treat to her life. Hope I had friends like hers. Beautiful written.