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Marian Keyes - Author

About the Author

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 most recently The Mystery of Mercy Close.

She is published in twenty-nine different languages. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, as well as her fabulous cookbook Saved By Cake, are also published by Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

Marian’s stunning new novel about losing the life you had and finding a better one, The Woman Who Stole My Life, is out now in paperback.

 

Author photo © Barry McCall

Featured books by Marian Keyes

The Break

The Break

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/09/2017

'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 isn't she?

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Saved by Cake

Saved by Cake

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/02/2012

Learn to bake with Britain's favourite women's fiction author, Marian Keyes. 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 has started to lift, along with her sponges... 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.

Other books by Marian Keyes

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married

Author: Marian Keyes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 19/12/2019

Grown Ups

Grown Ups

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/09/2019

ARE YOU TIRED OF BEING A GROWN UP? ESCAPE IT ALL WITH MARIAN KEYES' BRAND NEW NO. 1 SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER, THE PERFECT ANTIDOTE TO ADULT LIFE 'Magnificently messy lives, brilliantly untangled. Funny, tender and completely absorbing!' GRAHAM NORTON 'It's SUCH a treat. I felt like I was reading the cleverest cream cake of words' CAITLIN MORAN ___________ They're a glamorous family, the Caseys. Johnny Casey, his two brothers Ed and Liam, their beautiful, talented wives and all their kids spend a lot of time together - birthday parties, anniversary celebrations, weekends away. And they're a happy family. Johnny's wife, Jessie - who has the most money - insists on it. Under the surface, though, conditions are murkier. While some people clash, other people like each other far too much . . . Everything stays under control until Ed's wife Cara gets concussion and can't keep her thoughts to herself. One careless remark at Johnny's birthday party, with the entire family present, starts Cara spilling out all their secrets. In the subsequent unravelling, every one of the adults finds themselves wondering if it's time - finally - to grow up? Grown Ups is the brand new, sensationally entertaining and laugh out loud novel from Marian Keyes. ___________ 'Comic, convincing and true. Grown Ups has an almost Austenesque insight into character. Keyes knows how to make serious issues relatable - and get a few grownup laughs, too' GUARDIAN 'Hilarious, alternately heartwarming and heartbreaking. I loved everything about it' DAILY MAIL 'You may have written the best book of your career' CHRIS EVANS, VIRGIN RADIO 'Superb. Warm-hearted, wise and highly entertaining' OBSERVER 'Keyes at her best: capturing everyday voices with humour and empathy with writing that you'll devour in a weekend. Just pure and simple joy' STYLIST 'I loved every word. I will be missing those gorgeous vibrant characters for many weeks to come' LIANE MORIARTY, bestselling author of Big Little Lies 'Messy, tangled complex humans who reminded me that few of us ever really sort our lives out at all' JOJO MOYES, bestselling author of Me Before You 'Her best yet. Charming, funny and poignant, but also profound, heartbreaking' NINA STIBBE, bestselling author of Reasons to be Cheerful

The Break

The Break

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/05/2018

'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 in South-East Asia. And nothing she says can stop him. But when does a break become a break-up? For a lot can happen in six months. And it's enough to send Amy and her family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers teetering over the edge. 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 isn't she? _____________ 'Mercilessly funny' The Times 'Just brilliant' Sunday Times 'I laughed . . . I cried' Daily Mail 'Full of darkness and light, this is Keyes at her classic and most brilliant best' Red

Angels

Angels

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/03/2018

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

The Break

The Break

Author: Marian Keyes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 07/09/2017

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2017

Lucy Sullivan's been told she is getting married . . . but to who? Discover the uplifting, laugh-out-loud story of a reluctant wrestle with fate, from the No. 1 bestselling author of Grown Ups 'Keyes is in a class of her own' DAILY EXPRESS ___________ 'I was still at that stage in my life when I thought that weekdays were for recovering from the weekend' Twenty-six year old Lucy Sullivan is living it up (and occasionally down) in London. Hers is a life of quiet, undisciplined desperation. But when she and three friends visit a psychic for a bit of fun and the woman's predictions start coming true, Lucy is horrified. For the fortune teller insisted she'd soon be married - within the year, in fact. Not only does Lucy not have a boyfriend, but the chances of getting one are looking slim. Between the bottles of wine, antidepressants and her addiction to self-help books, she's not quite ready to walk, or even stumble, down the aisle sober. Is Lucy's fate really written in the stars? Or will she finally take control of her own destiny? . . . ___________ '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' Daily Express 'Gloriously funny' Sunday Times 'A warm and hilarious page turner' Good Housekeeping 'A modern fairy tale, it's full of Keyes's self-deprecating wit' Sunday Mirror

Watermelon

Watermelon

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2017

Delve into the extremely funny and wonderfully touching No. 1 bestseller about a woman who thought she had it all, from the No. 1 bestselling author of Grown Ups 'An astounding writer and chronicler of our times' INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY ___________ '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 a tiny bit furious, Claire can't think of 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 (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 feared she'd lost forever or face an uncertain future of her own. But is she as on her own as she really believes? ___________ 'A warm and hilarious page turner' Good Housekeeping 'A modern fairy tale, it's full of Keyes's self-deprecating wit' Sunday Mirror 'Reading a novel by Marian Keyes is like sitting at the kitchen table with your nicest, most confiding friend' Daily Mail 'Gloriously funny' 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

Under the Duvet

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/06/2017

Get comfortable, sink under the covers and dip into the hilarious Under the Duvet: Deluxe Edition for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into bestselling author Marian Keyes' life . . . 'A must-read for all. Keyes' funny and poignant tales will have you chuckling' Heat ________ '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 brings together Marian Keyes' unputdownable and utterly irresistible journalism and musings on life. Whether it's 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. Essential for any Marian Keyes fan, Under the Duvet is the perfect companion for bedtime reading and - let's face it - our lives as a whole. AS HEARD ON THE BBC RADIO 4 SERIES 'BETWEEN OURSELVES WITH MARIAN KEYES' ________ 'Warm, witty Keyes is unfailingly good company' Radio Times 'Bright, funny and clever' Daily Mail 'I laughed like a drain' Observer 'Light and extremely agreeable' Guardian 'Hilarious' Stylist 'Everything this woman touches turns into comic gold' Cosmopolitan 'A poet of the everyday . . . noticing everything about everything, rendering situations instantly recognisable and funny' Daily Mail This edition includes both Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet

Making It Up As I Go Along

Making It Up As I Go Along

Author: Marian Keyes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 11/02/2016

Mercy Close-i rejtely

Mercy Close-i rejtely

Author: Marian Keyes Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2014

Helen Walsh vilageleteben magabiztos no volt, de most ugy erzi, kezd kicsuszni a laba alol a talaj. A magannyomozoi karrierje lealdozofelben van, ki kell koltoznie a lakasabol, raadasul a multjabol sorra bukkannak fel reg elfeledett demonai. Peldaul az elbuvolo, de megbizhatatlan volt baratja, Jay Parker, aki egy szemelyes ugyben keri a segitseget. Akit Helennek meg kellene talalnia, az nem mas, mint Wayne Diffney, a Laddz nevu egykori fiucsapat Dilis"e; tagja. Wayne a Mercy Close-beli otthonabol tunt el, es eletbevagoan fontos, hogy elokeruljon, mivel a Laddz ujra osszeall, es ot nap mulva kezdodo, haromestes, telt hazas koncertsorozatra keszul. Jay felbukkanasa Helenben olyan erzeseket kavar fel, amelyekrol azt hitte, mar reg tuljutott rajtuk. Helen a sajt jtkszablyait kvetve ltszatra csillog m valjban stt vilgba kerl, amely beszippantja. Egyre inkbb eltvolodik mindenkitA l, mgnem mr csak egyetlen embert rez kzel maghoz, Wayne-t, akivel soha letben nem tallkozott. LenyA gzA , meghat s nagyon, nagyon vicces knyv az Angyalok, A legfnyesebb csillag, az Egy srmos frfi s a Rachel vakcija szerzA jnek legjabb mA ve, nem hasonlt egyetlen ms regnyre sem, a btor, rzkeny s talpraesett Helen Walsh pedig napjaink tkletes hA snA je.

The Mystery of Mercy Close

The Mystery of Mercy Close

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 11/04/2013

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. Helen Walsh doesn't believe in fear - it's just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good jobs - and yet she's sinking. Her work as a Private Investigator has dried up, her flat has been repossessed and now some old demons have resurfaced. Not least in the form of her charming but dodgy ex-boyfriend Jay Parker, who shows up with a missing persons case - the target: Wayne Diffney, the 'Wacky One' from boyband Laddz.. Playing by her own rules, Helen is drawn into a dark and glamorous world, where her worst enemy is her own head and where increasingly the only person she feels connected to is Wayne, a man she's never even met. Utterly compelling, moving and very very funny, The Mystery of Mercy Close is unlike any novel you've ever read and Helen Walsh - courageous, vulnerable and wasp-tongued - is the perfect heroine for our times.

Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family

Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family

Author: Marian Keyes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/02/2013

Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family

Mammy Walsh's A-Z of the Walsh Family

Author: Marian Keyes Format: eBook Release Date: 27/08/2012

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 "e;Two no trumps,"e; but instead she comes out with a saying about her children. She says, "e;Boys wreck your house and girls wreck your head."e; Isn't that a marvellous bit of wisdom - "e;Boys wreck your house and girls wreck your head!"e; 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

Anybody Out There

Anybody Out There

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

'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 (TM). 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?

The Brightest Star in the Sky

The Brightest Star in the Sky

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/08/2012

Marian Keyes' The Brightest Star in the Sky will draw you deep into the lives, loves and hopes of the residents of Star Street . . . And who or what exactly is the mysterious visitor waiting to emerge from the shadows? '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, as the light slowly fades to dark, everything is going to change . . . 'An expert storyteller who can make you roar with laughter one minute then sob into your pillow the next' Lorraine Kelly 'Zips along with engaging characters, fabulous plotting and spot-on dialogue. Marian Keyes: what a genius' Daily Mail 'A magical tale of love, loss, laughter and secrets' Marie Claire 'Really rather good' Independent on Sunday

Sushi for Beginners

Sushi for Beginners

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2010