Dear Reader,

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. 

See you soon,

Best wishes, 

Catherine x

  • The Old-Girl Network

  • Catherine Alliott, bestselling author of A Rural Affair and A Crowded Marriage, tells a hilarious story about the perils of helping someone in need in The Old-Girl Network.

    Finding true love's a piece of cake - as long as you're looking for someone else's true love . . .

    Polly McLaren is young, scatty and impossibly romantic. She works for an arrogant and demanding boss, and has a gorgeous if never-there-when-you-need-him boyfriend. But the day a handsome stranger recognises her old school scarf, her life is knocked completely off kilter.

    Adam is American, new to the country and begs Polly's help in finding his missing fiancé. Over dinner at the Savoy, she agrees - the girls of St Gertrude's look out for one another. However, the old-girl network turns out to be a spider's web of complications and deceit in which everyone and everything Polly cares about is soon hopelessly entangled.

    The course of true love never did run smooth. But no one said anything about ruining your life over it. And it's not even Polly's true love . . .

    Step into Alliott country with The Old-Girl Network.

    Praise for Catherine Alliott:

    'Possibly my favourite writer' Marian Keyes

    'Alliott's joie de vivre is irresistible' Daily Mail

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  • Wish You Were Here

  • From the Sunday Times bestselling author of A Cornish Summer comes a hilarious feel-good story of a family holiday gone wrong . . .

    'Wonderful story that made me laugh but also cry... great escapism' 5***** Reader Review

    When Flora, James and their two teenage daughters are offered a free holiday in a beautiful chateau in the South of France in return for an act of kindness, they obviously jump at the chance.

    A break from hectic London - what could be better?

    But Flora wasn't expecting a whole heap of family baggage coming along too - including some surprise guests.

    And especially not James developing a crush on their famous host.

    Perhaps this won't be the dream holiday she had in mind . . .

    If you like Jill Mansell, Cathy Kelly and Fern Britton you'll love this.

    'Catherine Alliott at her best' 5***** Reader Review

    'A breezy, comic, summery romp' Sunday Mirror

    'Warm, witty, easy to read . . . a thoroughly engaging, entertaining read' Daily Mail

    'Hilarious and full of surprises' The Times

    'I fell in love with the characters' 5***** Reader Review

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