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Under the Duvet

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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.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 2nd 2012 by Penguin Books (first published 2001)
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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
May 31, 2008 Yrinsyde rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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
Talulah Mankiller

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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
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
Erdbeermond von der Autorin hatte mir unerwartet gut gefallen und da meine Schwägerin dieses Buch hier aussortiert hatte, habe ich direkt zugegriffen und erst, als ich zu Lesen anfing, gemerkt, dass es sich nicht um einen Roman, sondern um eine Sammlung von Kolumnen, Anekdoten und dergleichen handelt. Upps.

Joa, ich bin nicht so der Typ, der leicht für solche Kolumnensammlungen zu begeistern ist, kann mich da an keines erinnern, dass mir wirklich gefallen hätte. Dementsprechend ist es schon posit
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
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 (
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
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
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
Bindu Manoj
A collection of previously published and unpublished articles. This is my first Marian Keyes book and I lived her easy flowing and down to earth style of writing. Short vignettes from her life , told in a funny manner that makes you smile and you can easily relate to, until you see her picture on the back cover. The image that you build of her from her writings was totally different from the picture. Loved her all the more for it.
Bev Taylor
this is not s novel but merely the author's observations of life thru people, events, relationships - all the ups and downs

each story is about 6-8 pages long

one thing is for sure - she is a glass half full kind of girl

the only thing she got wrong? she could have claimed for the replacement clothes etc that she had to buy even though the suitcase did appear a week later

go for it girl - better ate than never!

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
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
Jenni V.
I really liked all of the fiction books by Keyes that I've read but it's been awhile since I had read anything by her. So as I was scanning my books today looking for a light read, I decided to pull this one out (published in 2004, it's been on my shelf for years) and use the opportunity to revisit her writing.
Although her writing style seems to be a bit better suited for her longer fiction novels (just as the story picked up steam, it was over), I wasn't disappointed with this book. It was a n
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.
Kepeää novellitekstiä irlantilaisesta kulttuurista...eroja löytyy Suomeen verrattuna. Toki osa taisi olla aika yliampuvaa huumoria mutta tähän kirjaan sopi. Novellikirjoista valitettavasti jää vain niin ohut siivu elämään, jokainen novelli on vain raapaisu oli sitten aihe kuinka iso.
A fantastic collection of short articles about her life and her experiences. Marian Keyes is a great writer, and I love her novels, so reading this collection was a real treat. The stories are all short (a few pages) so really easy to dip into and just read a couple at a time.
Richard Duerden
I have read 8 Marian Keyes books and they never disappoint. This was a little different in that it is a collection of articles written at the turn of the century. Every single piece is funny, self-deprecating and wise.

Unreservedly recommended.
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
“Inhalt: 100% Gefühle, Witz, wahres Leben”, so titelt der Heyne Verlag großspurig auf dem Buchcover. Anthologien haben ja praktischerweise den Vorteil, dass sie eine geradezu prädestinierte Bahnlektüre darstellen. Anthologien haben allerdings den Nachteil, dass sie – sofern sie Werke eines einzigen Autors beinhalten – dazu neigen, recht schnell öde und langweilig zu werden. So geschehen leider auch in diesem Fall. Zwar kann man Frau Keyes Kolumnen als recht amüsant bezeichnen, mehrere am Stück h ...more
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
Athina England
When I picked this book up I didn't realise that it was non-fiction. But I have to say that I rather enjoyed it. It is a number of articles - some that have previously been printed and some that haven't - on a range of different topics from Shoes to travel to Working from home. After seeing Marian on Strictly it takes two in the past I read the book in her voice which added to the reading of the book I think. After getting past the fact that it wasn't what I expected I'm glad that I did actually ...more
Quick read but enjoyable, autobiographical articles, mostly lighthearted but a few more serious.
Good solid go to for when u don't have a lot of time or energy for reading. Still funny/ moving/ well written
Janie Macaskill
I'm a sucker for any beach/cottage read that has me thinking with an Irish accent
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Marian Keyes, born September 10, 1963, is a popular Irish writer, considered to be one of the original progenitors of "chick lit". Keyes' first novel, Watermelon, was published in Ireland in 1995. Since then she has published seven further novels and two collections of non-fiction, and has sold 15 million copies of her books in 30 languages.

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