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The Break - Marian Keyes

Paperback Published: 16th April 2018
ISBN: 9781405918756
Number Of Pages: 672

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The Break isn't a story about falling in love but about staying in love. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best.

'Myself and Hugh . . . We're taking a break.'
'A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?'


If only.

Amy's husband Hugh says he isn't leaving her.

He still loves her, he's just taking a break - from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in south-east Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.

Yes, it's a mid-life crisis, but let's be clear: a break isn't a break up - yet . . .

However, for Amy it's enough to send her - along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers - teetering over the edge. For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns if he returns, will he be the same man she married? And will Amy be the same woman? Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then isn't she?

The Break isn't a story about falling in love but about staying in love. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best.

About 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 novel Watermelon 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 DĂșn Laoghaire with her husband Tony.

Industry Reviews

Involving and beautifully told . . . There's a reason why Marian Keyes is the queen of commercial women's fiction * i Newspaper *
The Break makes me laugh out loud -- Tess Daly * Sunday Express *

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 *
Breathlessly entertaining * Connaught Telegraph *
Keyes writes extremely well about modern women. A breezy, candid and deeply felt account of a wife, mother and career woman rediscovering herself * Metro *
Girl-power at its best. I laughed . . . I cried -- Sarah Lawrence * Daily Mail *

Another belter. Full of brilliantly fun characters, genuine emotion and heaps of charm. We loved it!

* Heat *
A snappy narrator and a raucous cast of characters make The Break another classic from Marian Keyes * Sunday Express *
Classic Marian Keyes: a blizzard of wit and wisecracks. Mercilessly funny * The Times *
Fabulously entertaining. Classic Keyes. The queen of intelligent women's fiction * Sunday Mirror *
A pleasure. Keyes writes women who are absolutely themselves, even when society tries to insist they be something else * Irish Times *
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 *

ISBN: 9781405918756
ISBN-10: 1405918756
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 672
Published: 16th April 2018
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 4.7
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 1