Books

The Break

Marian Keyes

**The Break is the brand new novel from Marian Keyes, out on September 7th 2017 - preorder it now**

'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? And will Amy be the same woman?

Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn't she?

The Break isn't a story about falling in love but about staying in love. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best.

'A born storyteller' Independent on Sunday

'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

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels have readers laughing, crying, and falling head over heels in love. Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married is her second fantastically funny and oh-so-loveable novel . . .

When Lucy Sullivan is dragged by her friends to visit a psychic, she thinks it will be a bit of a laugh. She doesn't believe for one second that the prediction will come true; there's just no way that she will be married within the year!

In fact Lucy doesn't even have a boyfriend.

But then she meets gorgeous but unreliable Gus. And the handsome Chuck. Oh and there's Daniel, the world's biggest flirt. And even cute Jed, the new guy at work.

Is it written in the stars? Or will Lucy finally take control of her own destiny and find the perfect man?



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

'Gloriously funny' The Sunday Times

'A warm and hilarious page turner' Good Housekeeping

'A modern fairy tale, it's full of Keyes's self-deprecating wit' The Sunday Mirror

Watermelon

Marian Keyes

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

Under the Duvet

Marian Keyes

Sink beneath the covers and dip into the hilarious Under the Duvet: Deluxe Edition for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into Marian Keyes' life . . .

'Let's get one thing straight: I'm not an outdoorsy type. If I was offered the choice between white-water rafting and being savaged by a rabid dog, I'd be likely to tick the box marked "dog".'

Under the Duvet the Deluxe Edition* brings together the first two volumes of Marian Keyes' unputdownable and utterly delectable journalism. Whether its shopping, travel, feminism or fashion, Marian takes us on a riotous anecdote-packed journey into her weird and wonderful world. There are adventures with fake tan, love affairs with shoes and nail varnish, and, as a special treat, she includes seven of her hard-to-find (and, she tells us, harder to write) short stories. It's the perfect bed-time companion.

'Everything this woman touches turns into comic gold' Cosmopolitan

'A poet of the everyday . . . noticing everything about everything, rendering situations instantly recognisable and funny' Wendy Holden, Daily Mail

'A must-read for all. Keye's funny and poignant tales will have you chuckling in your train seat' Heat

* Includes Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet

Making It Up As I Go Along

Marian Keyes

Laugh your socks off with this hilarious collection of tales, observations and flights of fancy from the funniest woman in print, bestselling author Marian Keyes

Welcome to the magnificent Making It Up as I Go Along - aka the World According to Marian Keyes™ - 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

'Will make you laugh, cry and feel less alone. Fabulous' Good Housekeeping

The Woman Who Stole My Life

Marian Keyes

Ever wish you could trade your life in for a better one?

The Woman Who Stole My Life is a story full of wit and charm, from the international bestselling author Marian Keyes

'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 this chance meeting sparks a chain of events 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?


'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, loveable 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's self-deprecating wit' The Sunday Mirror

The Mystery of Mercy Close

Marian Keyes

Hilarious, witty and brutally honest, The Mystery of Mercy Close is the fifth novel in the Walsh Sisters series by international bestseller Marian Keyes

'I have a habit of taking instant dislikes to people. Simply because it saves time . . .'

Wasp-tongued private investigator Helen Walsh doesn't believe in love, fear or hot drinks. But when a missing persons case takes her into the dark, glamorous world of her dodgy ex, Jay Parker, she is drawn away from Artie Devlin, her distinctly unglamorous detective boyfriend.

And this isn't good news.

For Jay's fame-hungry world is one of smoke and mirrors and Helen is no longer sure what she's doing or quite why she's doing it. To save herself from black doubt she'll have to start believing in something - fast.

But will it be fear, or love?


'A brilliant, unusual, brave, sexy, book . . . will confirm Keyes's place as one of our finest writers' Jojo Moyes

'Gut-bustingly funny' Independent on Sunday

'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

Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family

Marian Keyes

Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walshes is a laugh-out-loud ebook-only short guide to everyone's favourite dysfunctional Irish family.

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, featured in Marian's bestselling novels about the Walsh sisters, Watermelon, Rachel's Holiday, Angels, Anybody Out There and 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

Under The Duvet

Marian Keyes

'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.

Further Under the Duvet

Marian Keyes

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.

This Charming Man

Marian Keyes

Lola has just found out that her boyfriend - charismatic politician Paddy de Courcy - is getting married. To someone else. Heartbroken, Lola flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will Lola's retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes?

Journalist Grace wants the inside story on Paddy de Courcy's engagement and thinks Lola holds the key to it. Grace knew Paddy a long time ago. But why can't she forget him?

Grace's sister, Marnie, might have the answer but she also has issues with the past. Her loving loving husband and beautiful daughters are wonderful, but they can't take away memories of her first love: a certain Paddy de Courcy. What will it take for Marnie to be able to move on?

Alicia Thornton is Paddy's wife-to-be. Determined to be the perfect wife, Alicia would do anything for her fiancé. But does she know the real Paddy?

Four very different women. One awfully charming man. And the dark secret that binds them all...

Anybody Out There

Marian Keyes

'I had to go back to New York and try to find him. There was a chance he mightn't be there but I had to give it a go because there was one thing I was certain of: he wasn't here.'

Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. She's covered in bandages and she's lying in her parents' Good Front Room dreaming of leaving Dublin and getting back to New York.

To her friends.
To The Most Fabulous Job in the World™.
And most of all, back to her husband, Aiden.

But her family have other ideas (not to mention the usual problems that beset the Walsh sisters). And Aiden, for some reason, seems unwilling to get in touch.

What happened to Anna to send her so far from all that she loves? And what happened to her marriage that her husband won't talk to her?

Rachel's Holiday

Marian Keyes

'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?

Sushi for Beginners

Marian Keyes

'Dammit,' she realized. 'I think I'm having a nervous breakdown.'

Hot-shot magazine editor Lisa Edwards' career is destined for high-rise New York when suddenly she's diverted to low-rise Dublin. But what can she do about it?

Ashling Kennedy, Lisa's super-organized assistant, worries about everything from her lack of waist to the lack of men in her life. She's even anxious about of a little bit of raw fish ...

Clodagh Kelly is Ashling's best friend and has her prince, her beautiful kids and a lovely house - everything in fact that Ashling ever wanted. She should be - yet, she's not - happy.

Angels

Marian Keyes

'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?

The Other Side of the Story

Marian Keyes

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?

Last Chance Saloon

Marian Keyes

'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...

Saved by Cake

Marian Keyes

Learn to bake with Britain's favourite women's fiction author Marian Keyes, in her startlingly honest cook-book 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 realized 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. Never patronizing, always honest and witty, accessible and full of fun, the bakes and cakes that Marian serves up in this cookbook will put a smile on your face and make you happy. From her Consistently Reliable Cupcakes and Very Chocolately Macaroons, to the ease of her Fridge-set Honeycomb Cheesecake, you will want to have a go at making all of Marian's recipes. The shoe and handbag biscuits particularly. Very covetable. Very Marian.

'Medically speaking, there is no such thing as a nervous breakdown. Which is very annoying to discover when you're right in the middle of one. Whatever was going on with me, I had to wait it out. I had to find ways of passing the time until I was restored to myself again. So I baked a cake - a chocolate cheesecake, as it happens. And I enjoyed making it so much that I baked another. And another' Marian Keyes

The Brightest Star in the Sky

Marian Keyes

The Brightest Star in the Sky is a moving exploration of modern love and the secrets we keep to survive, from international bestseller Marian Keyes

'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 . . .

'Zips along with engaging characters, fabulous plotting and spot-on dialogue. Marian Keyes: what a genius' Daily Mail

'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

'An expert storyteller who can make you roar with laughter one minute then sob into your pillow the next. The perfect book to cosy up with' Lorraine Kelly, Sun

This Charming Man

Marian Keyes (and others)

Four women. One man. And a secret that binds them all: This Charming Man is the number 1 hit novel by Marian Keyes. This abridged, downloadable audio edition is read by Niamh Daly.

Lola Daly has just found out that her boyfriend - gorgeous, charming and powerful politician Paddy de Courcy - is getting married. To someone else. Heartbroken, Lola flees Dublin to a cottage in the countryside. Can a new set of friends help her to get over him?

Journalist Grace Gildee wants the inside story on Paddy de Courcy's engagement. Lola refuses to talk the press but Grace won't give up. She knew Paddy a long time ago and hasn't forgotten him . . .

Marnie Hunter is Grace's twin sister. With a loving husband and two gorgeous daughters, Marnie seems to have it all. But she's haunted by memories. Memories that began with her first love - Paddy de Courcy. Can Marnie leave the past behind once and for all and move on with her life?

Alicia Thornton is Paddy's wife-to-be. Determined to be the perfect wife, Alicia would do anything for her fiancé. But does she know the real Paddy?

Marian Keyes

Biography

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, The Mystery of Mercy Close and The Woman Who Stole My Life. 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.

Author images © Dean Chalkey