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  • Published: 13 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781405940719
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

A Cornish Summer

The perfect feel-good summer read about family, love and secrets

A hilarious new romantic comedy set in Cornwall, from the Number One bestselling author

Flora's been in love with her husband for twenty years.
The trouble is, he's been married to someone else for the past fifteen.

Now she's been invited to spend the summer in the shady lanes and sandy coves of Cornwall. It should be blissful.
There's just one small snag: she'll be staying with her former mother-in-law, Belinda.
And Flora discovers she's not the only one invited when her ex-husband shows up out of the blue, complete with his new wife. So now there are two small snags.
Can Flora spend the summer playing happy families with the woman who stole her husband's heart, and the mother-in-law who might have had a hand in it?
Or will stumbling on the family secret change her mind about them all?

  • Published: 13 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9781405940719
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Catherine Alliott

Catherine Alliott started her first novel under the desk when she worked as an advertising copywriter. She was duly fired. With time on her hands she persevereed with the novels, which happily flourished. In the early days, she produced a baby with each book, but after three stuck to the writing as it was less painful. She writes with the nearest pen in exercise books, either in the garden or on a sofa. Home is a rural spot on the Herts/Bucks borders which she shares with her family and a menagerie of horses, cows, chickens and dogs, which at the last count totalled thirty-four beating hearts, including her husband. Some of her household have walk-on parts in her novels, but only the chickens would probably recognise themselves. The Secret Life of Evie Hamilton is her tenth book and first for Penguin.

Additional information:
- She's scared of computers.
- She's hopeless at reversing but always leaves a note.
- She's better than she looks at tennis.

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Praise for A Cornish Summer

Warm, witty and wise

Daily Mail

A huge treat. Hilarious yet poignant

Sophie Kinsella

Praise for Catherine Alliott


Her writing is both intelligent and sparkling

Marian Keyes

Hilarious and full of surprises

Daily Telegraph

Compulsively readable

The Times

An addictive cocktail of wit, frivolity and madcap romance

Time Out

Classy, wonderfully gossipy and breathless


Oh how I enjoyed this! No one writes about Cornwall like Catherine. Yet another fabulous book, packed with glamour, delicious characters and myriad family complications!

Jill Mansell

A magical mix of wit, warmth and poignancy

Trisha Ashley, bestselling author of The House of Hopes and Dreams

Alliott is always an absolute joy to read

Veronica Henry

I LOVE it. Catherine's writing is so warm, funny and heartfelt and no matter what's going on in your own world, you can curl up in Catherine's and feel her warmth like summer sun

Cathy Kelly

I've loved Catherine Alliott books since he first one. They're always a delight and this one's no exception

Carole Matthews

Simply a delight: funny, intelligent and at times heart wrenching. It's full of such witty, entertaining characters, and best of all, it transported me away from real life into a Cornish holiday that I didn't want to leave. It's the perfect summer read

Sophie Kinsella

A wonderful story of family and love, secrets and sunshine. Catherine Alliott is on top form with this

Milly Johnson

It's full of Cornish colour and a plot that seems plausible from your deckchair

Peterborough Evening Telegraph

Another blissful read from Catherine Alliott

Hello Magazine

The perfect summer romance

Cornwall Life

Evokes the perfect summer romance

Cornwall Life

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