Marian Keyes


Life
1963- ; b. Cork; moved to Cavan, then Galway, then Dublin; ed. UCD, law; worked for Eastern Health Board; alcoholic; moved to London and lived on dole in tower-block; worked as waitress; moved to accounts dept. of architectural college; attempted suicide; m. Tony Keyes, Dec. 1995; commenced writing fiction, 1993; entered treatment centre, Jan. 1994; sent fiction to Poolbeg Press on returning to work in London, April 1994; Watermelon (1995), her first novel, sold 100,000 copies in the UK, being adopted by W. H. Smith Fresh Talent; issued Rachel’s Holiday (q.d.); travelled to Los Angeles; issued Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (1996), Sushi for Beginners (2001), dealing with homelessness;
 
issued Under The Duvet (2001), collected articles, with proceeds to Simon Community; issued Angels (2002), a novel set in the Hollywood movie-world; publishes with Poolbeg and latterly with Penguin in the UK; issued The Other Side of the Story (2004), on women in the world of publishing; issued The Mystery of Mercy Close (2103), a novel reflecting her personal encounter with depression; issued The Woman Who Stole My Life (2014), regarded as a back-on-form novel; her novels have been translated into twenty languages with 70 million sales worldwide; angered by interview with Marian Finucane on RTE, Nov. 2014.

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Works
Fiction, Watermelon (Dublin: Poolbeg 1995), 600pp.; Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married (Poolbeg 1996); Sushi for Beginners (Dublin: Poolbeg 2001); Angels (Dublin: Poolbeg 2002); The Other Side of the Story (Dublin: Poolbeg Press 2004) [q.pp.]; The Brightest Star in the Sky (London: Michael Joseph 2009), 400pp.; The Mystery of Mercy Close (2103); The Woman Who Stole My Life (London: Michael Joseph, 534pp. Miscellaneous, Under The Duvet (London: Michael Joseph 2001), 272pp.

[ Marian Keyes is published in Canada by Penguin/Random House. ]

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Commentary
[Shirley Kelly,] interview, Books Ireland (April 1996), pp.85-86; biog. details as above; Watermelon (1996), story of Claire, 30-something in London, left by husband James on day her child is born; returns to Dublin; recovers, and confronts returning husband with a surprise; also [Kelly,] interview, Books Ireland (Oct. 2002), pp.239-40.

Bernice Harrison, review of Sushi for Beginners (2001), set in a Dublin women’s magazine office; ‘exuberant and extremely clever writing style […] can be achingly funny one minute and wincingly accurate in her observations the next.’ (Irish Times, Paperbacks [review], 16 June 2001.)

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Reference

There is a Marian Keyes website at www.mariankeyes.com.

Note: A Marian Keyes is one of three a senior executive librarian associated with the DLR Lexicon (Dun Laoghaire - online).

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