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Marian Keyes' Sushi for Beginners is the blissfully funny, smart tale of three women who discover that the line between success and failure, happiness and sadness, sanity and madness is finer than they ever thought . . . '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 blown off-course into the delights of low-rise Dublin. But what on earth can she do about it? Ashling Kennedy, Lisa's super-organized assistant, is good at worrying. Too good. She's even terrified of a little bit of raw fish . . . Clodagh Kelly is Ashling's best friend and has done everything right: beautiful kids and a husband come prince - everything in fact that Ashling has ever wanted. She should be - yet, she's not - happy. Three women on the verge of happiness and even closer to a complete breakdown. Which way will they fall? 'Keyes has given romantic comedy a much-needed face-lift. Chatty and warmhearted, Keyes's talent is to tell it how it is' Independent 'Laden with plots twists, jokey asides and nicely turned bits of zeitgeisty observational humour ... her energetic, well-constructed prose delivers life and people in satisfyingly various shades of grey' Guardian 'The voice of a generation' Daily Mirror
'Keyes writes brilliantly, as always, about love, grief, jealousy and friendship' Daily MailMaggie Walsh is supposed to be the sensible one - the white sheep of the family. She lives less than a mile from Mum and Dad and married middle-of-the-road Garv. But that is about to change . . . _________'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 shes'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
Deliciously dark and fantastically funny, Rachel's Holiday is the story of a young woman living life rather too well, until the day she takes it too far . . . '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's been living it up in New York City, spending her nights talking her way into glamorous parties before heading home in the early hours to her hot boyfriend Luke.But her sensible older sister showing up and sending her off to actual rehab wasn't quite part of her plan. She's only agreed to her incarceration because she's heard that rehab is wall-to-wall jacuzzis, gymnasiums and rock stars going cold turkey - plus it's about time she had a holiday.Saying goodbye to fun will be hard. But not as hard as losing the man that, too late, she realises might just be the love of her life . . . _________ 'Gloriously funny' Sunday Times 'A born storyteller' Independent on Sunday 'The voice of a generation' Daily Mirror
The abridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Marian Keyess thoroughly entertaining Anybody Out There, read by the actress Niamh Daly. I had to go back to New York and try to find him. There was a chance he mightnt be there but I had to give it a go because there was one thing I was certain of: he wasnt here. Anna Walsh is officially a wreck. Shes covered in bandages and shes 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 wont talk to her? It takes real talent to make a reader laugh and cry ... the story will stay with you long after youve read the last page Heat
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...
Lizzie is dead - she just doesnt know it. Why does everyone ignore her when she needs a little sympathy? She has been in an accident, after all. The next day, Lizzie goes to work as usual and meets two unusual people, spirits who have been sent to break the bad news. But our Lizzie is not ready to go anywhere. She has yet to say her goodbyes. Help is at hand with Jan and Jim, messengers who have seen it all before. Before Lizzie crosses to the other side, she'll get her chance to stage the closing scene of a lifetime.
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 unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Marian Keyes heartbreaking stunner of a novel, The Mystery of Mercy Close, read by the actress Niamh Daly. Helen Walsh doesnt believe in fear - its just a thing invented by men to get all the money and good jobs - and yet shes 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. Money is tight and Jay is awash with cash, so Helen is forced to take on the task of finding Wayne Diffney, the Wacky One from boyband Laddz. Things ended messily with Jay. And shes never going back there. Besides she has a new boyfriend now, the very sexy detective Artie Devlin and its all going well. But the reappearance of Jay is stirring up all kinds of stuff she thought shed left behind. 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 shes never even met. Utterly compelling, moving and very very funny, The Mystery of Mercy Close is unlike any novel youve ever read and Helen Walsh - courageous, vulnerable and wasp-tongued - is the perfect heroine for our times. 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 Marian Keyes international bestselling novels include Rachels Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man and The Brightest Star in the Sky. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin.
Stella Sweeny writes off her car . . . and his. But is it a blessing in disguise or just a taste of more to come? Entertaining and uplifting, The Woman Who Stole My Life is BESTSELLING author Marian Keyes' intriguing tale of finding true happiness in unexpected places . . . Ever wished you could trade your life in for a better one?One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed, collides with a Range Rover and meets a handsome man who wants her telephone number. She thinks he is arrogant and dismisses the incident. But in this meeting is born the seed of something 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.Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma? Should she be grateful or just hopping mad? And can she grab a chance at real, honest-to-goodness happiness now it finally seems within her reach?'Keyes can deftly mix dark and light, tragic and comic in a way that only a handful of writers can.' Irish Times'A total triumph' Daily Mail'One of our finest writers' Jojo Moyes
The audiobook adaptation of Marian Keyes The Brightest Star in the Sky, read by actress Niamh Daly. 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...
In Marian Keyes' BESTSELLING Last Chance Saloon, three great friends discover that despite their best-laid plans, life can unravel in the most unexpected ways.'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 . . .'An outstanding writer and chronicler of our times' Independent on Sunday'Her writing is of the highest order. Someone should give this woman a Booker' Sunday Tribune
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 Courcys engagement. Lola refuses to talk the press but Grace wont give up. She knew Paddy a long time ago and hasnt forgotten him . . . Marnie Hunter is Graces twin sister. With a loving husband and two gorgeous daughters, Marnie seems to have it all. But shes 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 Paddys wife-to-be. Determined to be the perfect wife, Alicia would do anything for her fianc. But does she know the real Paddy?
The audiobook adaptation of Marian Keyes No.1 bestseller, The Other Side of the Story, read by Niamh Daly. The agent: Jojo, a high-flying literary agent on the up, has just made a very bad career move: shes jumped into bed with her married boss Mark... The bestseller: Jojos sweet-natured client Lilys first novel is a roaring success. She and lover Anton celebrate by spending the advance for her second book. Then she gets writers block... The unknown: Gemma used to be Lilys best friend - until Lily stole Anton. Now shes writing her own story - painfully and hilariously - when supershark agent Jojo stumbles across it... When their fortunes become entangled, it seems too much to hope that theyll all find a happy ending. But maybe theyll each discover that theres more than one side to every story... Fabulously brilliant ... makes you bubble up with happiness inside Heat
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
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
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.