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Marian Keyes (born 10 September 1963) is an Irishmarker novelist and non-fiction writer, best known for her work in women's literature.


Born in Limerickmarker and raised in Monkstown, Keyes earned a law degree from Dublin Universitymarker, but immediately disregarded it, left Ireland and became a waitress in Londonmarker, feeling as though she did not deserve a well-paid career. Keyes began composing short stories after she found work in an accounts office, but initially had no intention of completing a novel, arguing that it would take too long.

However, following a letter back from the publisher whom she'd sent her manuscripts to, she began work on a book, and thus her first feature-length story, Watermelon, was born. Known for her self-deprecation, Keyes often says that she "became a writer by accident".


Although many of her novels are known as comedies, they are often filled with dark themes including domestic violence, drug abuse, mental illness, divorce and alcoholism, most of which are loosely based on her own life experiences.

She is regarded by her fans as a pioneer of the so-called 'chick-lit' genre; her stories usually revolve around a strong female character who overcomes numerous obstacles to achieve lasting happiness.

Personal life

Keyes currently lives in Dun Laoghairemarker with her husband Tony, after moving back from London in 1997.



  • Watermelon (1995)
  • Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (1996)
  • Rachel's Holiday (1998)
  • Last Chance Saloon (1999)
  • Sushi for Beginners (2000)
  • No Dress Rehearsal (2000)
  • Angels (2002)
  • The Other Side of the Story (2004)
  • Anybody Out There? (2006)
  • "Damage Control - Women on the Therapists, Beauticians, and Trainers Who Navigate Their Bodies" (Contributed to anthology edited by Emma Forrest)
  • This Charming Man (2008)
  • The Brightest Star in the Sky (2009)


  • Under the Duvet (2001)
  • Further under the Duvet (Cracks In My Foundation) (2005)


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