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Marian Keyes

One of the most successful Irish novelists of all time, Marian Keyes was born in Limerick on 10 September, 1963. She studied law and accountancy and started writing short stories in 1993. She published Watermelon, her debut novel, in 1995. Other bestselling books include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon and This Charming Man.

Selling over 22 million books worldwide (with novels translated into 32 languages), she is noted for her intelligent fiction covering important and dark themes including domestic violence and alcoholism.



Marian Keyes Books

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    International bestselling author Marian Keyes is back with another masterfully told story full of wit and charm. 'Name: Stella Sweeney. Height: average. Recent life events: dramatic.' One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life. For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out). That's okay. She doesn't really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car). But in this meeting is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, and, along the way, wrenching her whole family apart. Is this all because of one ill-advised act of goodwill? Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma? Should she be grateful or hopping mad? For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it? Marian's stunning new novel The Woman Who Stole My Life is about losing the life you had and finding a better one. "When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own." (Daily Express). "Gloriously funny." (The Sunday Times). "Keyes manages to have you alternately blubbing and belly-laughing to the final page." (Company). "Not only is it a great story with funny, lovable characters, it made me laugh out loud." (Stylist). "One of those rare books that will swallow up your day without realising it. Romantic and uplifting it won't fail to put a smile on your face. Marian Keyes is back to her best." (The Daily Express). "A warm and hilarious page turner." (Good Housekeeping). "Funny but poignant." (Marie Claire). "A smart new drama from the awesome Marian Keyes." (Heat). "Full of twists and turns, with warmth and humour on every page, it doesn't disappoint." (Closer). "A modern fairy tale, it's full of Keyes' self-deprecating wit." (The Sunday Mirror). Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky and The Mystery of Mercy Close. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.
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    'Will make you laugh, cry and feel less alone. Fabulous' Good Housekeeping Welcome to the magnificent Making It Up as I Go Along - aka the World According to Marian Keyes(TM) - A bold and brilliant collection of Marian's hilarious and often heartfelt observations on modern life, love and everything in between. From a guide to breaking up with your hairdresser to entering the fifties-zone, the joys of her nail varnish museum to singing her way through insomnia, Marian will have you laughing with delight and gasping with recognition throughout - because at the end of the day, each and every one of us is clearly making it up as we go along. 'Never far from barmy, always warm and real. But in the interstices of fun and frippery comes a sincere clarity. At times she is the darkest of light writers' Daily Telegraph 'Keyes manages to verbalize the most mundane of universal experiences and somehow make them funny ...' Sunday Tribune 'A hilarious, sympathetic read' Hello! 'Packed with hilarious, sharp-eyed observations on life, love and everything else' Woman & Home
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    'How did it end up like this? Twenty-seven, unemployed, mistaken for a drug addict, in a treatment centre in the back arse of nowhere with an empty Valium bottle in my knickers ...' Meet Rachel Walsh. She has a pair of size 8 feet and such a fondness for recreational drugs that her family has forked out the cash for a spell in Cloisters - Dublin's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She's only agreed to her incarceration because she's heard that rehab is wall-to-wall jacuzzis, gymnasiums and rock stars going tepid turkey - and it's about time she had a holiday. But what Rachel doesn't count on are the toe-curling embarrassments heaped on her by family and group therapy, the dearth of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll - and missing Luke, her ex. What kind of a new start in life is this?
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    The Mystery of Mercy Close by Marian Keyes sees the return of the beloved Walsh sisters in this hilarious and heartbreaking novel. Helen Walsh doesn't believe in love, fear, depression or hot drinks...Utterly compelling, moving and very, very funny, The Mystery of Mercy Close is the story of courageous, vulnerable and wasp-tongued private investigator Helen Walsh. When a missing persons case draws her into the dark, glamorous world of her dodgy-ex, Jay Parker, Helen finds she's seeing more of him and less of Artie Devlin, her sexy detective boyfriend. Caught between smart, stable Artie and chaotic, up-for-anything Jay - two different, equally enticing men - and plagued by her own black doubts, Helen finds she's beginning to believe in something - but is it fear, or is it love? Praise for Marian Keyes: "A brilliant, unusual, brave, sexy book". (Jojo Moyes). "Hilarious, painfully realistic...Your heart wrenches. Combines depth, drama and whip-smart comedy". (Stylist). "'Keyes' satirical eye remains as sharp as ever". (Daily Mail). "Gut-bustingly funny". (Independent on Sunday). Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man and The Brightest Star in the Sky. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin.
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    'Classic Marian Keyes: a blizzard of wit and wisecracks. Mercilessly funny' The TimesAmy's husband Hugh has run away to 'find himself'. But will he ever come back? 'Myself and Hugh . . . We're taking a break.''A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?'If only. Amy's husband Hugh says he isn't leaving her.He still loves her, he's just taking a break - from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in South East Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.Yes, it's a mid-life crisis, but let's be clear: a break isn't a break up - yet . . . However, for Amy it's enough to send her - along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers - teetering over the edge.For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then so is she . . . The Break is a story about the choices we make and how those choices help to make us. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best.'Just brilliant' Sunday Times'Girl-power at its best. I laughed . . . I cried' Daily Mail'Another belter. Full of brilliantly fun characters, genuine emotion and heaps of charm. We loved it!' Heat'Keyes writes extremely well about modern women. A breezy, candid and deeply felt account of a wife, mother and career woman rediscovering herself' Metro'Fabulously entertaining. Classic Keyes. The queen of intelligent women's fiction' Sunday Mirror'A glorious life-affirming novel with Keyes on top form' Woman & Home'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express
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    June the first, a bright summer's evening, a Monday ...And into the busy, bustling homes at 66 Star Street slips, unseen, a mysterious visitor. As the couples, flatmates and repentant singletons of No 66 fall in and out of love, clutch at and drop secrets, laugh, cry and simply try to live, no one suspects the visitor patiently waiting in the wings. For soon, really very soon, everything is going to change ...
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    'I'm in the Last Chance Saloon. In my decrepit, thirty-one-year-old state, I'd probably never get another man ...' Tara, Katherine and Fenton have been best friends since they were teenagers. Now in their early thirties, they've been living it up in London for ten years. But what have they got to show for it? Sure, Tara's got her boyfriend - but she loves retail therapy so much more. Katherine, on the other hand, is a serial singleton whose neatness fetish won't let a man mess up her life. And Fenton? Well, Fenton has everything. Until he gets ill and he has to ask himself: what have you got if you haven't got your health? All three are drinking in the last chance saloon and they're about to discover that if you don't change your life, life has a way of changing you...
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    "A wonderful, subtle, hilarious and highly sophisticated novel". ("Evening Standard"). The agent: Jojo, a high-flying literary agent on the up, has just made a very bad career move: she's jumped into bed with her married boss, Mark ...The bestseller: Jojo's sweet-natured client Lily's first novel is a roaring success. She and lover Anton celebrate by spending the advance for her second book. Then she gets writer's block ...The unknown: Gemma used to be Lily's best friend - until Lily 'stole' Anton. Now she's writing her own story - painfully and hilariously - when supershark Jojo stumbles across it ...Three girls hoping and sometimes needing to make it big in the publishing world. But did anybody ever tell them that there's always another side to every story?
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    'I'd always lived a fairly blameless life. Up until the day I left my husband and ran away to Hollywood ...' Unlike the rest of her family, Maggie Walsh has always done everything right. At thirty-three she has a proper job, is happily married to Garv and never puts a foot wrong. So why does she make a bolt for Hollywood and her best friend, Emily? In the City of Angels, Maggie gets to do things she's never done before: mixing with film stars, pitching scripts, partying non-stop. But is this really a once-in-a-lifetime journey of self-discovery, or is she simply running away from married life?
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    'When people ask me what I do for a crust and I tell them that I'm a novelist, they immediately assume that my life is a non-stop carousel of limos, television appearances, hair-dos, devoted fans, stalkers and all the glitzy paraphernalia of being a public figure. It's time to set the record straight. I write alone, in a darkened bedroom, wearing my PJs, eating bananas, my laptop on a pillow in front of me...' Her novels are read and adored by millions around the world - now read Marian Keyes' collected pieces: regular bulletins from the woman under the duvet. Bursting with her hilarious observations - on life, in-laws, weight loss and parties; her love of shoes and her LTFs (Long-Term Friends); the horrors of estate agents and lost luggage; and, how she once had an office Christmas party that involved roasting two sheep on a spit, Moroccan style - it's the perfect bedtime companion, and will have you wincing with recognition or roaring with laughter.
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    'Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married'. But for four women in particular, the big news about the charismatic politician is especially momentous ...Stylist Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy's marrying - because she's his girlfriend, yet she definitely isn't the bride-to-be ...Journalist Grace wants the inside story on the de Courcy engagement and thinks Lola holds the key ...while Grace's sister, Marnie, still can't forget her first love: a certain Paddy de Courcy. And what of the soon-to-be Mrs de Courcy? Alicia will do anything for her fiance and is determined to be the perfect wife. But does she know the real Paddy? Four very different women. One awfully charming man. And the dark secret that binds them all...
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    ** Wonderfully witty, Watermelon is the first novel in the Walsh sister's series by bestselling author Marian Keyes ** 'Failed relationships can be described as so much wasted makeup . . .'On the day she gives birth to her first child, Claire Walsh's husband James tells her he's been having an affair and now's the right time to leave her.Right for who exactly? Exhausted, tearful and tiny bit furious, Claire can't think what to do. So she follows the instincts of all self-respecting adults in tricky situations.. . . And runs home to Mum and Dad.But while her parents are sympathetic, Claire's younger sisters are less so. Helen wants to share the new toy (she means baby Kate). While Anna is too busy having out-of-her-head experiences. So when James slips back into her life, desperate to put things right, Claire doesn't know whether to take a chance on a past she'd feared she'd lost for ever or face an uncertain future on her own. But is she as on her own as she really believes?'A warm and hilarious page turner' Good Housekeeping'Reading a novel by Marian Keyes is like sitting at the kitchen table with your nicest, most confiding friend.' Daily Mail'Gloriously funny' The Sunday Times'Funny but poignant' Marie Claire'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express
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    It does exactly what it says on the tin but here's a brief word from its author, Mammy Walsh herself: 'There's this woman I know from bridge, Mona Hopkins, a lovely woman she is, even if I must admit I'm not that keen on her myself, and she said a great thing the other day. I was expecting her to say "Two no trumps," but instead she comes out with a saying about her children. She says, "Boys wreck your house and girls wreck your head." Isn't that a marvellous bit of wisdom - "Boys wreck your house and girls wreck your head!" And God knows it's the truest thing I've heard in a long time. I should know. I have five girls. Five daughters. And let me tell you, my head is wrecked from them. Although, now that I think of it, so is my house ...' It's the perfect re-introduction to the Walsh family and Marian's new novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close. Praise for Marian Keyes: 'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express 'Zips along with engaging characters, fabulous plotting and spot-on dialogue. Marian Keyes: what a genius' Daily Mail Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man and The Brightest Star in the Sky. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. The Mystery of Mercy Close is out in September 2012.
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    Learn to bake with Britain's favourite women's fiction author, Marian Keyes - author of Watermelon and Anybody Out There - in her startlingly honest cookbook Saved by Cake.

    Saved by Cake gives an extremely honest account of Marian Keyes' recent battle with depression, and how baking has helped her. A complete novice in the kitchen, Marian decided to bake a cake for a friend and that was it - she realised that baking was what she needed to do in order to get her through each day. And so she baked, and she wrote her recipes down, and little by little the depression started to lift, along with her sponges...

    With chapters on cupcakes, cheesecakes, meringues and macaroons, chocolate cakes, fruit cakes and favourite classics, Marian's recipes are aimed firmly at beginner bakers, offering hints and tips to help along the way.
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    Slide further under the duvet, get yourself comfortable and let Marian take you places you've never been before ...Places like the Irish air-guitar championships, a shopping trip to Bloomingdales with a difference and Cannes with a chronic case of Villa-itis. Along the way you'll encounter knicker-politics, fake tans, sticky-out ears and passionate love affairs both with make-up and Toblerones. And of course, agony aunt, Mammy Walsh is on hand to solve all your problems. Hilarious and poignant, down-to-earth and moving, Marian's long-awaited second volume of journalism and previously unpublished writing is the modern woman's perfect companion. So put the kettle on and grab that Kit Kat Chunky - everything else will wait.
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    The unabridged audiobook edition of Marian Keye's heartbreaking stunner of a novel, "The Mystery of Mercy Close", read by the actress Niamh Daly. "I employ this thing called The Shovel List." "A shovel...?" "No. A Shovel List. It's more of a conceptual thing. It's a list of all the people and things I hate so much that I want to hit them in the face with a shovel." Meet Helen - youngest of the Walsh sisters and a law unto herself. She's easily bored, has an inability to filter her thoughts and was fired from every job she ever had before she found her true calling as a private investigator. But times are tough for PIs and Helen's had no choice but to take on the search for AWOL boyband has-been Wayne Diffney - The Wacky One. It's not all bad this game of Where's Wayne. It may have brought her charming crook of an ex Jay Parker back into her life, but it's giving her an excuse to avoid the usual Walsh family dramas and the intense looks from her gorgeous boyfriend Artie that make her heart beat wildly with lust and panic in equal measure. But most of all it's an excellent distraction from the huge swarm of black vultures gathering over her head. If she hides out in her target's empty house on Mercy Close for long enough maybe they'll go away...But as Helen begins to unravel the mysteries secreted on Mercy Close she discovers a kindred spirit in a man unwilling to be found. Could someone be telling her to look a little closer to home...?
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    Fate is on its way to the tenants of 66 Star Street, bringing with it love and tragedy, friendship and heartbreak, and the power to change lives...One of them is falling in love; another is torn between two lovers. For some, secrets they want to stay buried will come to light and for others the unveiling of those secrets will have tragic consequences. This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.
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    Penguin Picks are stories you'll want to read again and again. Beautifully and stylishly designed by a modern artist, they are not only stories you'll keep coming back to but also books whose looks will never go out of fashion . . . From the bestselling author Marian Keyes, the hilariously heartbreaking Angels follows the tale of the fabulous and uplifting Walsh sister, Maggie . . . 'Though he never said anything, I knew Garv blamed me. And that was OK, because I blamed me too.' One day Maggie Walsh walks out on her husband of nine years and runs away to Hollywood. There she joins her best friend Emily, who is busily pitching scripts to studios, mixing with movie stars and generally living the heck out of the dream. Maggie should be enjoying herself but she can't stop thinking about her husband Garv and the life she's run away from. Is her sojourn in the City of Angels a once-in-a-lifetime journey of self-discovery, or is she simply hiding from the one thing she cannot face?'Keyes writes brilliantly, as always, about love, grief, jealousy and friendship' Daily Mail----------Popular Penguins perfectly designed