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Grown Ups

by Marian Keyes

Relationship Stories

Grown Ups Synopsis


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 Press Reviews

Keyes writes extremely well about modern women. Candid and deeply felt - Metro

Brutal yet endearing honesty, wonderful humour and astonishing acumen Hilariously wise - Prima

She really is unparalleled when it comes to making serious points with the lightest of touches - The Pool

There is no finer writer than Marian Keyes Marian's glorious, warm-hearted wit is always guaranteed to make me laugh on the very first page Glorious, life-affirming - Woman & Home

Keyes writes about women who are absolutely themselves, even when society tries to insist they are something else - Irish Times

Full of darkness and light, this is Keyes at her classic and most brilliant best - Red

Fabulously entertaining. The queen of intelligent women's fiction - Sunday Mirror

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

Keyes is an international treasure. The ultimate choice for a binge read - Stylist

Classic Marian Keyes: a blizzard of wit and wisecracks - The Times

Full of brilliantly funny characters, genuine emotion and heaps of charm - Heat

Everything this woman touches turns to comic gold - Cosmopolitan

Wildly funny, romantic and nearly impossible to put down - Daily Mail

Clever, hilarious, poignant . . . Gloriously funny - Sunday Times

Mercilessly funny - The Times

Praise for Marian Keyes - -

A hilarious read - Bella

Promises themes of love and family, all bound together with Keyes' trademark humour - Harrow Times

Smart, savvy and very funny, Keyes takes the pulse of the nation while simultaneously tickling its funny bone - RTE Guide

A heartening, pacey read - SheerLuxe

No one knows better than Marian Keyes what it's like trying to be a grown up in modern Ireland. Keyes is on top form as ever, and this delightful book will warm those cold winter bones - Image

A new novel by Marian Keyes is always cause for celebration, and this latest is a corker. By the end you'll definitely feel part of the family - Mail Online

The latest novel from the beloved Irish author, Grown Ups delves into the Casey family whose secrets start to spill after one member gets concussed - Evening Standard, Books to look forward to in 2020

Marian Keyes is back and all is right with the world. No one mixes humour and heartbreak quite like Marian - Red

A new Keyes is always cause for celebration. The wit and warmth of her words in her 14th novel tell the story of the Caseys, a supposedly perfect family, torn apart by a careless remark at a birthday party - Grazia, Ones to watch in 2020

A family drama, where a concussion causes a spilling of secrets with amusing results - Irish Tatler, Top Picks of 2020

The queen of the classy comfort read returns with this warm, wise and witty family saga which asks what really lies behind the happiest of facades - i Paper, Books of 2020

Tackling the realities of modern-day consumerism, Keyes' new book Grown Ups is the story of three brothers and their families written with her usual deft mix of witty storytelling and delicate touchpoint topics. It's brilliant so read it - Stylist

The irresistible tale of an enviably glamorous family forced to confront itself - Daily Mail, Top Picks of 2020

We've heard whispers that this could be the much-loved author's best novel yet - Cosmopolitan, 2020s Biggest Books

This has the ingredients of the best of Keyes: great characters, laughs and poignancy. Keyes brilliantly captures that feeling of never quite being a grown-up, no matter your age - Good Housekeeping

Happy making with glorious wit - Helen Lederer

Marian Keyes is back with a witty and dramatic story about the Caseys, a family who seem perfect on the surface but hold some big secrets between them. When one of them starts to spill the truth after suffering concussion, things start to unravel in hilarious ways - Good Housekeeping

She's only gone and done it again! I love Marian Keyes' books with a passion and now she's got a fabulous new one on the way! Brilliant as ever - Jane Fallon

Marian Keyes's gift for storytelling is utterly magnificent. I feel like I've met every single character in this book. I may even be a character in this book. Nobody nails chaotic families like Marian - Liz Nugent

Grown Ups is perfection. Smart, dark, layered. Her best yet! - Gillian McAllister

Immersive... I absolutely loved it! - Jill Mansell

Sensitive, funny, wonderful, immensely touching - Nigella Lawson

A new book from the witty Irish novelist. When Cara Casey suffers concussion, she starts spilling the secrets of her glamorous, talented family. All is not as it seems - The Times, Ones to watch in 2020

THIS BOOK. Reader, I LOVED it. Funny & thoughtful & such brilliantly drawn characters I am genuinely bereft that my time with them is over. And it tackles some REALLY important issues with immense sensitivity & insight - Hannah Beckerman

Funny, thought-provoking and will get you right in the feels - Red

This beauty of a book just took the crown as my new favourite Marian Keyes novel (and that is a HIGH bar). It's tender, hilarious, important, with characters who feel as real as your own family by the time you're done. I put it down and felt bereft - Beth O'Leary

Grown Ups is big-hearted and entertaining, dark, funny and hugely empathetic - Daily Express

A brilliant bunch of flawed individuals, all battling to understand themselves and those around them. Definitely worth devouring this year! What a treat - Giovanna Fletcher

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

A novel that is warm and witty but never afraid to tackle the big stuff - Elizabeth Day, Mail on Sunday

Marian Keyes shows superb skill at tackling tough themes in this tale of a clan with secrets. Grown Ups is a warm-hearted, wise and highly entertaining portrayal of how families behave; and of the love and tolerance required to sustain our closest relationships - Hannah Beckerman, Observer

It is charming, funny and poignant. But also profound, heartbreaking. If you already love Marian, this is her best yet. If you haven't read her, this is the one - Nina Stibbe

I LOVED Grown Ups so much. It's SUCH a treat. I felt like I was rolling in PURE JOY throughout. The cleverest cream cake of words - Caitlin Moran

I loved every word of Grown Ups. I will be missing those gorgeous vibrant characters for many weeks to come. There should be a word to describe the sadness and satisfaction you feel when you read the last page of a Marian Keyes novel: the ending is perfect but you still want more, more, more - Liane Moriarty

Magnificently messy lives, brilliantly untangled. Funny, tender and completely absorbing! - Graham Norton

Messy, tangled complex humans who reminded me that few of us ever really sort out our lives at all - Jojo Moyes

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 - The Guardian

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781405918787
Publication date: 04/02/2021
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780718179748
Publication date: 06/02/2020
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780718179748
Publication date: 6th February 2020
Author: Marian Keyes
Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 656 pages
Genres: Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945), Adult & contemporary romance, Humour,

About Marian Keyes

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 ...

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