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Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities

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From the acclaimed bestselling author of Sushi for Beginners and Angels comes a collection of personal essays on shopping, writing, moviemaking, motherhood and all the assorted calamities involved in being a savvy woman in the new millennium.

Her novels are read and adored by millions around the world, and with Under the Duvet, Marian Keyes tackles the world of nonfiction.
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ebook, 336 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published 2001)
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Becky
Jan 01, 2008 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Marian Keyes. My friends Kathy and Jenn would call her stuff "pink books" (i.e. frothy chick lit), and they definitely all start out that way: oh no, I'm getting married in three days and I'm too fat! Oh no, I woke up in some strange guy's house after a night of heavy drinking!! Oh no, I have nothing to wear to the party!!! Pretty standard Pink-ness.

But then, somewhere along the way, Keyes' books turn your expectations on their ear. She writes about alcoholism, or loneliness, or having an
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Yrinsyde
Apr 10, 2008 Yrinsyde rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who loves girly fiction and autobiographies
Shelves: own
This is a gorgeous autobiography! Very sweet and funny. Actually, this book is a collection of magazine articles that Marian Keyes wrote about her experiences - in love, finding a place to live, a job, battling alcoholism. I laughed out loud and had tears in my eyes, and although some of her experiences were far from my everyday life, I felt touched.

This was the first book I read by her, and it took me to reading her novels. I've just bought her new one!

Marian Keyes - the 21st century woman's go
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Ariadna RB
Tengo que decir que, a pesar de que adoro a Marian Keyes, en algunos momentos se me ha hecho un poco pesado leer este libro.
Al ser artículos periodísticos, alguno que otro se me hacía muy cuesta arriba, al igual que los relatos cortos.
Aún y así, tengo que decir que los artículos que me han gustado, me han gustado mucho.
Conocemos mejor a Marian, a su familia, a sus amigos, a su obsesión por comprar y despilfarrar dinero, pero también a conocer el mundo. Nos ha enseñado cosas que ha aprendido con
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Deirdre
horrible
Bhavya
Apr 19, 2017 Bhavya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
Talulah Mankiller
Apr 22, 2010 Talulah Mankiller rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

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Victoria Scott
As a long-time fan of Marian Keyes, I was super excited for another book of hers. I have to say, this let me down. Not because it was bad, don't get me wrong; it just didn't have what I love about her.
I guess it wasn't what I was expecting. All of the small stories in there were articles from the magazine she used to write for. I didn't want articles; I wanted stories! They were all fun, on their own. But I like to have one story, that goes through the entire book. They weren't even organised i
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Namitha Varma
One of the most hilarious set of articles I've read of late. I think I'm in love with Keyes. My kinda gal!
Danderma
Searching through the shelves at Waterstones I saw this book by Marian Keyes. I've read for Marian Keyes once before very recently, a book by the name "The Brightest Star in the Sky" and I set about buying more of her work. Luckily, I didn't only find a novel, I found a collection of articles previously published and unpublished all about the writer's life.

The woman is hilarious! I love her sense of humor and her wit. Her honesty in dealing with alcoholism, growing up, and weight loss. I could t
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Laura
Dec 11, 2010 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the 'Brightest Star in the Sky', I was curious to find out more about the author. Everything I read said that book was a departure from her typical style, and when I took out one of her other books from the library, it was so Chick-Lit I returned it without cracking the spine.

I wondered if something had happened to change her style. This book doesn't answer that question (it was published at the height of her chick-lit fame), but this series of essays was very funny, very Irish in
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Roudha A 240-521
Under the duvet is an autobiography written by Marian Keyes who is known as the best-selling Irish author and her novels are read by millions around the world. This book consists of seven sections and each one includes different articles. At the beginning, I have a difficulty in understanding the author language but then I get used to it. The part that I found it hilarious was the essay in which she discusses the Irish people’s inability to give directions using street names or addresses. While ...more
Karschtl
I must say that I enjoy Keyes' novels a lot more than her columns. I just didn't find the little stories overly interesting or funny. Jen Lancaster does a way better job of recording everyday bits of life. But that's Lancaster 'normal' job, and Keyes' is to write novels.

However, it was revealing to read about the life she lead in her late teenage years and throughout her twenties. I wouldn't have thought it was that fucked up.

It is a nice read for the gym, which is were I read the book. There it
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Matxalen (matxi_books)
3.5*

Simplemente me encanta la voz de esta autora y aunque no se trata de una novela sino de relatos y artículos, el resultado es inteligente, gracioso e interesante.

Un must para los seguidores de Marian ya que en éste llegamos a conocer a la verdadera autora un poco mas.

[reseña completa ya en el blog, aqui!]
Tamie
Jan 18, 2016 Tamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars
It's a funny diary about Keyes's life until late 90s. Sometimes I was a little bored, lucky me all of them are short essays, magazine publications. And now I know where some background stories of her books came from.
Jess
Feb 18, 2016 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to write like this. Her non-fiction a hundred times better than her fiction. An excellent judge of not saying too much. The story on her alcoholic journey the most plausible and honest I have ever read. Feel like comparing her to caitlin moran.
Debbie Thornbury
Jun 22, 2017 Debbie Thornbury rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring
Ellen Stafford
Feb 23, 2017 Ellen Stafford rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was great to read these short little stories about Marian Keyes life.
Rebecca Richmond
enjoyable, but not as good as her novels
Namratha
Marian Keyes' pastel-shaded books routinely grace the Chick-Lit section. While the bright colours always draw me, I never actually buy one. Reason? The blurbs reveal too much soul-searching and catharsis for my 'books-are-about-escapism' viewpoint. This pattern had only one roadblock: Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married . I loved the book, the Irish humour and Keyes' effortless writing style. But that was it.

Roadblock # 2: Under the Duvet. The prospect of having a glimpse into an author’s life (
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Lois Tucker
The copyrights on this are UK 2001 and USA 2004, and it consists of both published and unpublished essays and newspaper articles. The author is an Irish lass who hie'd off to London in the 80's when there was no work in Dublin, and returned to Dublin in the 90's with an English husband. The essays, many of which were previously published in the "Irish Tatler," range from what are you going to do at the Millenium to her travels to buying a home, learning to drive, her experiences as a 20-somethin ...more
Marbeth Lynch
Apr 28, 2016 Marbeth Lynch rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm sorry it took me so long to read this book, it sat on my kindle for a while, I thought it would do for someday I needed cheering up, going by the description. Amongst the funny accounts and anecdotes, the warmth of Marian Keyes comes out, I could hear her voice as I read, like she was in the kitchen having a chat, then..a gem of a chapter, hidden within the lighthearted subjects is Keyes account of her descent into alcoholism and subsequent recovery. The chapter is so well written, providing ...more
Faith
Jan 11, 2009 Faith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2005, biography
Under the Duvet is a collection of "things" (dont know what to call 'em) that Marian Keyes has written for Irish newspapers/magazines. She writes about funny episodes in her life and about her thoughts on current issues. U get a really good picture of what kind of person MK is. She is really much like many of her characters. MK says that none of her characters are real persons, but made up by combining up to 100 persons MK has met or something. What is clear from Under the Duvet is that all MK's ...more
Sara Strand
Well I have never read anything by Marian Keyes before and this was a good starter book. It's a collection of short personal essays, some previously unpublished, that are all witty and fun. This is actually a pretty fun book to tote in your purse or next to your bed because you can read one or two stories quickly while waiting and stuff. What I enjoyed about the book were all the fun titles of the stories. Examples include, "The Pissed Is a Foreign Country, They Do Things Differently There". I m ...more
Marsha
The life of a journalist can be hectic, frantic and filled with problems. And that’s just the work side of it. Ms. Keyes lays out one funny story after another about her search for decent shoes when she’s practically a midget, finding a proper place to live, dealing with one spiritual fad after another when Catholicism just isn’t working out and other trials of a young wan.

Whether living in England or Ireland, her sense of humor never abandons her and she draws her reader into her life like a c
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Lucy
Jul 26, 2007 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
i know, it's crappy chick lit, but her first few books were actually funny (at least i thought so when i read them 8 years ago) and i liked that her characters had real problems (depression, drug/alcohol addiction). this book is the 4th about one of five sisters. when the sisters were first mentioned, the less involved ones had fairly exaggerated characters: one was the goody-goody, one was a flaky, hippie etc. when she wrote about the good one, all of a sudden, she wasn't so boring, but in this ...more
Beckie
Jul 26, 2007 Beckie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
i know, it's crappy chick lit, but her first few books were actually funny (at least i thought so when i read them 8 years ago) and i liked that her characters had real problems (depression, drug/alcohol addiction). this book is the 4th about one of five sisters. when the sisters were first mentioned, the less involved ones had fairly exaggerated characters: one was the goody-goody, one was a flaky, hippie etc. when she wrote about the good one, all of a sudden, she wasn't so boring, but in this ...more
Katie
I've read a few books by Marian Keyes (Rachel's Holiday, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, Sushi for Beginners) and have enjoyed all of them so I was interested to read more about the author. This collection of essays was a very quick read that made me laugh out loud on many occasions. She touched on virtually every topic, some serious and some frivolous, with humor and wit. Reading this book made me want to read the rest of Keyes' novels.
Laura
Jun 22, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Under The Duvet is a collection of previously published as well as unpublished writings by Marian Keyes. Most of them are lighthearted and humorous however a couple are quite in depth, serious memoirs. They give a glimpse into the real life of Marian Keyes – in true Marian Keyes style.

I really enjoyed this collection. It captured Marian’s writing style perfectly. She writes so well an honest take on life’s issues – both serious and not so serious – with a mix of fun and humour. It was also reall
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Connie N.
Totally cute series of real-life vignettes by the author about her life in Ireland and London. She looks at life in a very amusing way and can tell a story so that you laugh out loud. She runs the gamut from her family life, to work, to owning a home, to vacations. Most of the stories were written for the Irish Tatler where she worked, but some were published first for this collection. I will definitely read more by this author, although I think the rest of her books are fiction.

Favorite quote a
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CuteBadger
I love Marian Keyes' novels and also really liked this collection of her newspaper and magazine pieces. She uses the same tone as in her fiction and some of it is very funny. She talks about her own life, work and her (long-suffering) family.

The highlight of the book for me was the piece called "The pissed is a foreign country, they do things differently there" in which Keyes talks about her alcoholism and how she stopped drinking.

It's definitely a book to dip in and out of - if you read too muc
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Marian Keyes (born 10 September 1963) is an Irish novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature. She is an Irish Book Awards winner. Over 22 million copies of her novels have been sold worldwide and her books have been translated into 32 languages. She became known worldwide for Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and This Charming Man, with themes includ ...more
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“When I opened my case in the hotel, he gestured excitedly at my snakeskin sandals, turquoise suede wedges and silver-speckled jellies. “But you’ve loads of shoes,” he bellowed joyfully. I shook my head sadly. Men just don’t get it, do they? They’re definitely missing the shoe chromosome.” 6 likes
“My friend Kathy is the only person who'll be halfway honest with me. 'Did you ever see a cowboy film, where someone has been caught by the Indians and tied between two wild stallions, each pulling in opposite directions?' she asked.

I nodded mutely.

'That's a bit what giving birth is like.”
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