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

Again, Rachel

Again, Rachel

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/02/2022

If you met Rachel in the 90s, you’ll remember she was an absolute mess. In Keyes’ 1998 book Rachel’s Holiday, Rachel Walsh had such a fondness for recreational drugs that her family had forked out the cash for a spell in Cloisters - Dublin's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She’s come a long way since then…rehab sorted her out. She even enjoys gardening now, who’d have ever thought it? Everything looks hunky dory until the reappearance of an old flame makes her question everything. In this much anticipated sequel the wonderful Marian Keyes does it again as Rachel bursts back into our lives in this heart-warming sequel. Tackling complex issues in the way only Marian Keys can, it’s charming, it’s joyful, it’s funny, it’s poignant and I loved it. Welcome back Rachel…and thank you Marian!

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Grown Ups

Grown Ups

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2021

ARE YOU TIRED OF BEING A GROWN UP? WHY NOT ESCAPE IT ALL WITH MARIAN KEYES' BRAND NEW NO. 1 IRISH BESTSELLER. 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

Grown Ups

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Audiobook Release Date: 06/02/2020

The brand-new book from the bestselling author of The Break and The Woman Who Stole My Life 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?

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The Break

The Break

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/04/2018

'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 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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Watermelon

Watermelon

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/07/2017

Meet Claire Walsh. On the day she gives birth to her first child, Claire's husband James tells her he's been having an affair, and that now's the right time to leave her. Right for who exactly? Exhausted, tearful and a tiny bit furious, Claire doesn't know what to do. So she decides to go back to basics . . . and runs home to Mum and Dad. But it's not the sanctuary she'd been hoping for. Juggling her sisters' drama, her parents' pity and the demands of a baby, Claire desperately misses the way things were. So when James gets back in touch, eager to put things right, Claire faces a choice. Will she forgive and forget? Or can she find the courage to take a chance on herself, and start a life of her own?

Making it Up as I Go Along

Making it Up as I Go Along

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/10/2016

‘Making It Up As I Go Along’ was just as I imagined it would be, warm, honest, lovely, funny and highly entertaining. This is a collection of articles written by Marian Keyes, some previously published, some not, from health and beauty, to things she loves, to people she has met. The Lexicon at the beginning of the book is an extremely informative and chuckle inducing read and you can learn the meaning of various words including ‘agin’ and ‘craythur’. As Marian herself says, this is a book you can start wherever takes your fancy and you can dip in and out along the way. You know you really love a book when you insist on reading the good bits out loud to whoever happens to be closest to you at that time, my husband has consequently heard almost as much as I’ve read. I now feel as though I know Marian, enough indeed, to know that even though tempted, I wouldn't want to stow away in one of her suitcases when she travels to far flung places with ‘Himself’, and thats because her luggage so often goes walkabout/missing at airports. Oh, and I probably wouldn't want to go shoe shopping with her either! Click here to read some of Marian's hilariously candid and heartfelt observations on modern life… Explore our '80+ Books That Deliver a Hug' listicle for more feel-good or uplifting books.

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The Woman Who Stole My Life

The Woman Who Stole My Life

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2015

One of the Top 10 Lovereading Reader Review Panel Summer Read selections. A fluctuating time scale, all from Stella’s viewpoint, makes this a little disjointed and convoluted in a long book with a huge amount of incident. Stella is hit with Guillain-Barre, the illness which attacks the linings of the nerves and she ends up in intensive care on life support with only her eyelids able to move. She communicates by blinking, a bit like The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. She too writes a book, or her neurologist does. How all this works out is fascinating. Quite a different work for Ms Keyes, very sensitive and thought-provoking. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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The Mystery of Mercy Close

The Mystery of Mercy Close

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

April 2013 Book of the Month. Waspish, well-observed and tragically comic in places this is the fifth instalment in the Walsh Family series. Private Investigator Helen Walsh is really on her uppers, with work drying up and her flat being repossessed and in danger of a mental relapse. But will the lifeline of well paid work, locating a missing member of an aging Irish boy band, from her ex help?

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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.

Further Under The Duvet

Further Under The Duvet

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2005

More of her wonderful short journalist pieces on life and love which are fun, warm and very astute.  It’s great for dipping into.  I love her.

The Other Side of the Story

The Other Side of the Story

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 10/03/2005

A few years ago contemporary, frothy romances were labelled ‘chic lit’ and as the genre became popular, so publishers responded with a lot of indifferent offerings, swamping the market. A number of authors rose above the ‘also ran’ and really stood out. This lady is one such. She is superb. This has the added delight of being set in the publishing industry and is really the most enormous fun. Comparisons: Jane Green, Cathy Kelly, Penny Vincenzi.Similar this month: Patricia Scanlan, Maria Beaumont.

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Rachel's Holiday

Rachel's Holiday

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 29/01/1998

A 2011 World Book Night selection.   Rachel Walsh 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.   Our Editorial Guru, Sarah Broadhurst, has suggested others book and authors that would be perfect for you to read next or to pass on the recommendation - so your gift will keep on giving enjoyment. Her selections for this title are:  Sheila O'Flanagan, Lisa Jewell.

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This Charming Man British Book Awards Author of the Year 2022

This Charming Man British Book Awards Author of the Year 2022

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

*** CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BRITISH BOOK AWARDS AUTHOR OF THE YEAR 2022*** Relish the wit and wisdom of Marian Keyes in this story of four women caught up in what seems like love, but may be something much darker . . . from the No. 1 bestselling author of Grown Ups 'So funny, so perceptive, so real . . . I changed my life for this book' MAIL ON SUNDAY 'An emotional tour de force with genuine human warmth' INDEPENDENT ___________ 'Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married' Slick, handsome politician Paddy de Courcy is on the up. His party is set to do well in the elections and he's just announced his engagement to the beautiful Alicia. Which is news to his girlfriend, Lola, who, within hours, finds herself dumped and warned not to talk to the press. Yet journalist Grace is on the prowl. She has been after Paddy ever since he ruined her sister Marnie's life way back in college. Grace is looking for the inside story and thinks Lola holds the key . . . But do any of them know the real Paddy? ___________ 'The laughs come fast and furious . . . a gripping, compelling tale' Sunday Independent 'The queen of page-turners . . . brimming with her trademark down-to-earth wit' Cosmopolitan 'Gripping from the start . . . the master at her best' Daily Telegraph

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Author: Marian Keyes Format: Release Date: 01/01/1970

At 66, Star Street in Dublin, someone is watching over the lives of the people living in its flats. But no one is aware of it - yet...One of them is ready to take the plunge and fall in love; another is torn between two very different 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. Fate is on its way to Star Street, bringing with it love and tragedy, friendship and heartbreak, and the power to change their lives in the most unexpected of ways...

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