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The Break  - Marian Keyes

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Published: 7th September 2017
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A hilarious and insightful tale about a runaway husband from the internationally bestselling writer of smart, funny fiction.

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?

Amy's husband Hugh has run away to 'find himself'. But will he ever come back? 'Myself and Hugh . . . We're taking a break.''A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?'If only. * from the publisher's description * The Break is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest, glorious best -- Nina Stibbe The Break races along with Keyes' trademark energy, lightness of touch and plenty of laughs * Sunday Express * Classic Marian Keyes: a blizzard of wit and wisecracks. Mercilessly funny * The Times * Keyes writes extremely well about modern women. A breezy, candid and deeply felt account of a wife, mother and career woman rediscovering herself * Metro * Fabulously entertaining. Classic Keyes. The queen of intelligent women's fiction * Sunday Mirror * Girl-power at its best. I laughed . . . I cried -- Sarah Lawrence * Daily Mail * A pleasure. Keyes writes women who are absolutely themselves, even when society tries to insist they be something else * Irish Times * Another belter. Full of brilliantly fun characters, genuine emotion and heaps of charm. We loved it! * Heat * Hilariously wise * Prima * Marian Keyes's latest novel will have you enraged one moment. Half laughing. Half crying the next. While nodding in recognition * Psychologies * Marian Keyes writes about modern relationships and families with brutal yet endearing honesty, wonderful humour and astonishing acumen * Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things * There is no finer writer than Marian Keyes and The Break is her at the top of the game; funny, real, with characters that speak to all of us. Only Keyes can combine pathos and humour with such effortless skill, to produce a novel that stays with you long after you've turned the final page * Rowan Coleman, author of The Summer of Impossible Things * Underline Keyes' status as an international treasure. The ultimate choice for a binge read * Stylist * A gripping story with great heart, intensity and wisdom * Sunday Business Post * Hilarious and moving, a zeitgeisty look at how couples splinter or stay together in the face of life's obstacles * Irish Times * I bloody loved it. Many moments of comic genius, empathy and heartbreak. She really is unparalleled when it comes to making serious points with the lightest of touches. * The Pool * I absolutely LOVED The Break - such energy, wit and good humour * Fanny Blake, author and books editor, Woman & Home * One of the most reliably brilliant novelists writing with humour and insight about women's lives, I think Keyes gets better and better * Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller * Hilariously warm and wonderful * Image * September's best pulse-quickening pager-turner. Marian Keyes at her most classic and brilliant best * Red * Fabulously entertaining, classic Keyes . . . a delightful reminder of why best selling Keyes has earned her crown as the queen of intelligent woman's fiction * The People * The ultimate choice . . . filled with the author's signature themes, think turbulent relationships, tricky families and the need for self-belief. Keyes' [is] an international treasure * Stylist * Cause for celebration . . . An engrossing novel full of wit and warmth. The humour never once detracts from the emotional depth. * Red * Cause for jubilation . . . This proves her to be the reigning queen of British chick lit . . . insightful, funny and poignant * Daily Mail * Praise for Marian Keyes -- - Gloriously funny * The Sunday Times * Funny but poignant * Marie Claire * A total triumph * Daily Mail * Not only is it a great story with funny, loveable characters, it made me laugh out loud * Stylist *

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. Though she was brought up in a home where a lot of oral story-telling went on, it never occurred to her that she could write. Instead she studied law and accountancy and finally started writing short stories in 1993 “out of the blue.” Though she had no intention of ever writing a novel (“It would take too long”) she sent her short stories to a publisher, with a letter saying she’d started work on a novel. The publishers replied, asking to see the novel, and once her panic had subsided, she began to write what subsequently became her first book Watermelon.

It was published in Ireland in 1995, where it was an immediate, runaway success. Its chatty conversational style and whimsical Irish humour appealed to all age groups, and this appeal spread to Britain when Watermelon was picked as a Fresh Talent book. Other countries followed (most notably the US in 1997) and Marian is now published in thirty-three languages.

To date, the woman who said she’d never write a novel has published ten of them: Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There and This Charming Man, all bestsellers around the world, a total of twenty-three milllion of her books having been sold to date. The Other Side of the Story sold over half a million copies in paperback, making it the second highest selling paperback novel published in 2005, with Anybody Out There repeating the feat in 2007, and This Charming Man set to surpass it in 2009.

Anybody Out There won the British Book Awards award for popular fiction and the inaugaral Melissa Nathan prize for Comedy Romance. This Charming Man won the Irish Book award for popular fiction.

The books deal variously with modern ailments, including addiction, depression, domestic violence, the glass ceiling and serious illness, but always written with compassion, humour and hope.

Her work has come to the attention of Hollywood; Rachel’s Holiday will be filmed next year. Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married has been made into a sixteen part television series, Watermelon was a made for TV movie in 2003, and Last Chance Saloon was filmed in French – Au Secours J’ai Trente Ans was released in 2004.

As well as novels she writes short stories, and articles for various magazines and other publications. She is also involved with various charities – she contributed to a multi-authored book, Yeats is Dead! where all the royalties were donated to Amnesty International. She has published two collections of her journalism, titled Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, and donated all royalties from Irish sales to the Simon Community, a charity which works with the homeless.

She was born in Limerick in 1963, and brought up in Cavan, Cork, Galway and Dublin; she spent her twenties in London, but is now living in Dún Laoghaire with her husband Tony. She includes among her hobbies, reading, movies, shoes, handbags and feminism.

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ISBN: 9780718179731
ISBN-10: 0718179730
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 576
Published: 7th September 2017
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 4.0
Weight (kg): 0.75
Edition Number: 1