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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

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?

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?

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.

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

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?

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.

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.

This Charming Man

This Charming Man

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

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

The Brightest Star in the Sky

The Brightest Star in the Sky

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback 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

Other books by Marian Keyes

Grown Ups

Grown Ups

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

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: CD-Audio Release Date: 06/02/2020

Angels

Angels

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback 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

Under the Duvet

Under the Duvet

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback 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 every Marian Keyes fan, Under the Duvet is the essential 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

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 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

Format: Paperback (b Format) Release Date: 08/02/2007

Angels

Angels

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

Discover the tantalising and heart-warming story of a woman who's had it with always doing the right thing, from the No. 1 bestselling author of Grown Ups 'Keyes writes brilliantly, as always, about love, grief, jealousy and friendship' DAILY MAIL ________ '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 filmstars, 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? ________ 'Funny, compassionate, well-observed and irreverent' Time Out 'Witty, wicked and yet moving. A novel to both laugh and cry over' Ireland on Sunday Praise for Marian Keyes: 'Comic, convincing and true' Guardian 'Mercilessly funny' The Times 'Funny, tender and completely absorbing!' Graham Norton

Last Chance Saloon

Last Chance Saloon

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

Discover the gorgeously funny and heartwarming bestseller about final chances from the No 1. bestselling author of Grown Ups 'Moving, relatable and infinitely tender' INDEPENDENT 'Plenty of heart, lots of laughs, and a fantastic twist in the tail' COSMOPOLITAN ___________ 'Love is blind, there was no doubt about it. In Tara's case it was also deaf, dumb, dyslexic, had a bad hip and the beginnings of Alzheimer's . . .' Tara, Katherine and Fintan 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 to show for a decade of hedonism? Sure, Tara's got a boyfriend - but only because she's terrified of spending five minutes alone. Katherine, on the other hand, has a neatness fetish that won't let anyone too close to mess up her life. And Fintan? Well, he has everything. Until he learns that without your health, you've got nothing . . . 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 . . . 'A comforting doorstopper of a read that's as addictive as solitaire' Daily Mail ___________ Praise for Marian Keyes 'An outstanding writer and chronicler of our times' Independent on Sunday 'Mercilessly funny' Times 'The voice of a generation' Daily Mirror

The Brightest Star in the Sky

The Brightest Star in the Sky

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/02/2011

Shortlisted for the Galaxy Paperback of the Year Award 2011. From one of the foremost contemporary writers today comes a wonderfully moving and heart-warming novel.

Sushi for Beginners

Sushi for Beginners

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

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married

Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married

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

Rachel's Holiday

Rachel's Holiday

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Ebook Release Date: 12/03/2009

The fast lane is much too slow for twenty-seven-year-old Rachel Walsh, and Manhattan is the perfect place for a young Irish female to overdo everything. But Rachel's love of a good time is about to land her in the emergency room and cost her a job and the boyfriend she adores. When her loving family hustles her back home and checks her into Cloisters, Ireland's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic, Rachel is hopeful. She's heard that rehab is wall-to-wall Jacuzzis, spa treatments, gymnasiums, and rock stars going tepid turkey-and it's about time she had a holiday. Instead, she finds a lot of group therapy, which leads her, against her will, to some important self-knowledge-and toe-curling embarrassments. She will also find something that all women like herself fear: a man who might actually be good for her.

No Dress Rehearsal

No Dress Rehearsal

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/02/2009

Anybody Out There?

Anybody Out There?

Author: Marian Keyes Format: Ebook Release Date: 09/05/2006

Marian Keyes has introduced readers to the lives, loves, and foibles of the five Walsh sisters. In this funny, heartbreaking, and triumphant new tale set in the Big Apple, it's Anna's turn in the spotlight.Life is perfect for Anna Walsh. She has the "e;Best Job in the World"e; as a PR exec for a top-selling urban beauty brand, a lovely apartment in New York, and a perfect husband -- the love of her life, Aidan Maddox. Until the morning she wakes up in her mammy's living room in Dublin with her face in stitches, a dislocated knee, and completely smashed-up hands -- and no memory of how she got there. While her mammy plays nursemaid, Anna tries to get better and keeps wondering why Aidan won't return her phone calls or emails.Recuperating from her injuries, a mystified Anna returns to Manhattan. Slowly beginning to remember what happened, she sets off on a search to find Aidan -- a hilarious quest involving lilies (she can't stop smelling them), psychics, mediums, and anyone there who can promise her a reunion with her beloved...Written in her classic style, marrying the darker parts of life with humor and wit, Anybody Out There? is Marian Keyes' best novel to date, wonderfully charming look at love here and ever after.Performed by Terry Donnelly