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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.


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Marian Keyes Books

  • The Break

    Marian Keyes

    Product Code: BOHUW
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    Described as 'mercifully funny' by The Times, Marian Keyes' The Break is a book that follows Amy and Hugh as they take a six-month break from their marriage.

    However, half a year is a long time and they soon become the focus of attention for Amy's family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers...
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  • Making it Up as I Go Along

    Marian Keyes

    Product Code: AVHSB
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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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  • Rachel's Holiday

    Marian Keyes

    Product Code: AEVPS
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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 Woman Who Stole My Life

    Marian Keyes

    Product Code: ANJBU
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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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  • Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family

    Marian Keyes

    Product Code: AFWJD
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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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  • Watermelon

    Marian Keyes

    Product Code: BGJBL
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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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  • The Other Side of the Story

    Marian Keyes

    Product Code: AEVPI
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    The lives of three women collide when a highflying literary agent finds herself representing two women who were once best friends . . . 'There are three sides to every story. Your side, their side, and the truth . . .' Sharkish literary agent Jojo has just made a very bad career move - she's slept with her married boss Mark . . . Lily - Jojo's bestselling author - has just blown her advance on a house with new boyfriend Anton, only to come down with writer's block . . . Gemma used to be Lily's best friend until Lily ran off with Anton. Now she's pouring her heart out and a certain literary agent likes her style . . . Soon the fortunes of Jojo, Lily and Gemma are horribly entangled. But each is about to discover that there's more than one side to every story . . . 'It had me in tears . . . and, barking with laughter' Daily Telegraph 'A wonderful, subtle, hilarious and highly sophisticated novel. You can't stop reading' Evening Standard 'Packed with sound writing, wit and common sense' Guardian
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  • The Brightest Star in the Sky

    Marian Keyes

    Product Code: AAWSN
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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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  • Angels

    Marian Keyes

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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
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  • The Mystery of Mercy Close

    Marian Keyes

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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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  • Last Chance Saloon

    Marian Keyes

    Product Code: AEVPR
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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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  • Angels

    Marian Keyes

    Product Code: AEVPH
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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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