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Writing Through It: Marian Keyes on the real-life inspiration behind her novels

October 30, 2017

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IMG_0456“It used to bother me because it’s so belittling – and it’s meant to be belittling. It’s as if it’s saying, “Oh you silly girls, with your pinkness and shoes, how will you ever run the world?” – Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes is an Irish fiction and non-fiction writer who has sold over 35 million copies of her twelve novels and is known for confronting themes such as alcoholism, depression, and addiction. Unfortunately, many of the dark themes in her novels – such as domestic violence, drug abuse, mental illness, and divorce – are drawn from personal experience. Keyes begun writing short stories while suffering from alcoholism, and her publisher encouraged her to write her first novel Watermelon, which was an immediate success. Since then her books have been translated into over thirty-three different languages.

Her latest book is called The Break and it’s a novel about a runaway husband who leaves his wife to go backpacking for six months in Asia where he can do what he wants when he wants.

the-breakAbout the author

Marian Keyes was born in Limerick in 1963, and brought up in Cavan, Cork, Galway and Dublin. She studied law and accountancy before turning to writing. Her first novelWatermelon was published in Ireland in 1995, where it was an immediate, runaway success. Marian Keyes is now one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time and is published in thirty nine different languages. She lives in Dún Laoghaire with her husband Tony.

Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel’s Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story and Anybody Out There. Her two collections of journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available in Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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