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Where to start reading Marian Keyes’ books

Marian Keyes is mostly found at the top of the fiction bestseller list, but did you know she's also published collections of her journalism and a cookbook? Here's our guide to the author.

Amy Jones

One of the most successful Irish authors of all time and queen of contemporary fiction, Marian Keyes is a force to be reckoned with. She’s written 15 novels, published three collections of her journalism, written a cookbook, and won the Irish Book Awards – twice.

Her books are almost universally about people you want to be friends with: even as they go through incredibly difficult things they’re wry, bright, and you can’t help but cheer for them. There are also more serious topics tackled in her novels. It's not often you’d describe a book about going to rehab, the death of your husband or living with debilitating depression as "heartwarming", but Keyes manages it again and again.

This combination of heft and heart has made her one of the most beloved and popular authors writing today. Her latest novel My Favourite Mistake takes us back into the world of the Walsh sisters, as Anna trades her glamorous life in Manhattan for a small Irish town, where she hopes to start again.

Overwhelmed as to where to begin with Marian Keyes' work? Read on:

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