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

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

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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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                      Publisher details

                      The Break
                      Author
                      Marian Keyes
                      Publisher
                      Penguin
                      Genre
                      Fiction
                      Released
                      07 September, 2017

                      Synopsis

                      At 44 Amy O'Connell thinks she's seen, heard or done it all. Until her husband Hugh announces he needs a break - from her. He is going backpacking for six months round Asia where he can do what he wants - and this is the scary bit - with anyone he wants.'WTAF?' thinks Amy. What's she to do? Stay loyal to disloyal Hugh? Allow her ex-husband back into her life? Run away herself? And what about the children? A lot can happen in six months, will Hugh return as the same man? And will she still be the same woman there waiting for him?
                      Marian Keyes
                      About the author

                      Marian Keyes

                      Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of WatermelonLucy Sullivan is Getting MarriedRachel's HolidayLast Chance SaloonSushi for BeginnersAngelsThe Other Side of the StoryAnybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Mystery of Mercy Close and The Woman Who Stole My Life. She has also published two collections of journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet and Saved by Cake, an extremely honest account of her battle with depression and how baking helped her. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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