Under the Duvet – Marian Keyes

Title: Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities
Author: Marian Keyes
ISBN: 9780060562083
Pages: 336
Release Date: January 6, 2004
Publisher: Avon A
Genre: Chick Lit, Essays, Non-Fiction
Rating: 4 out of 5

From the back cover:

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. These are her collected pieces: regular bulletins from the woman writing under the covers.

Marian loves shoes and her LTFs (Long-Term Friends), hates realtors and lost luggage, and she once had a Christmas office party that involved roasting two sheep on a spit, Moroccan-style. She’s just like you and me …

Featuring a wide compilation of Marian’s journalism from magazines and newspapers, plus some exclusive, previously unpublished material, Under the Duvet is bursting with funny stories: observations on life, in-laws, weight loss, parties and driving lessons that will keep you utterly gripped — either wincing with recognition or roaring with laughter.

I’m a huge fan of Marian Keyes; she is one of those authors that I know I can always rely on. Every time she releases a book, I run out immediately to get it. I thought I had read all of her books, so I was really surprised to learn that she had two books of essays that I hadn’t heard anything about! Under the Duvet was the first of these, and I certainly had high expectations when I settled down with it.

I really enjoyed the witty stories within Under the Duvet. They are a collection of columns Marian Keyes wrote, some of them published. There are definitely some true gems included in this collection that were previously unpublished. My favorite essay wasn’t actually funny at all. It was Keyes’ frank discussion of her experience with alcoholism. I was incredibly moved by how raw this story was. It was completely honest and will stick with me for a very long time.

Other stories within Under the Duvet are lighter and much more humorous. For example, the essay in which Keyes discusses the Irish people’s inability to give directions using street names or addresses is simply hilarious. I found her essays to be just as entertaining as her novels.

Under the Duvet was a quick, light read that I highly recommend to any Marian Keyes fans, or any fan of chick lit in general. If you are looking to read more non-fiction, but don’t find most books of that genre appealing, this is definitely one to pick up.

Comments

  1. I love Marian Keyes and haven’t read this book yet. Now I definitely want to!

  2. I love Marian Keyes and haven’t read this book yet. Now I definitely want to!

  3. I love Marian Keyes’ books and have yet to read this one. I have a copy of it on my book shelf and must really give it a go. Loved your review! Cheers!

  4. I love Marian Keyes’ books and have yet to read this one. I have a copy of it on my book shelf and must really give it a go. Loved your review! Cheers!

  5. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read any of Marian Keyes’ books. I feel like I need to, though.

  6. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that I’ve never read any of Marian Keyes’ books. I feel like I need to, though.

  7. Essay collections are hit and miss and you provided enough here to make it sound like this is one to check out. I actually haven’t read Marian Keyes b/c I don’t know which one is the one I should read first!

  8. Essay collections are hit and miss and you provided enough here to make it sound like this is one to check out. I actually haven’t read Marian Keyes b/c I don’t know which one is the one I should read first!

  9. I really enjoy Keyes and hadn’t heard of these either. I’ll have to check it out.

  10. I really enjoy Keyes and hadn’t heard of these either. I’ll have to check it out.

  11. I’m with Kathy — I’ve never read Keyes. But clearly, I’m missing out!

  12. I’m with Kathy — I’ve never read Keyes. But clearly, I’m missing out!

  13. I also love Marian Keyes, and always grab one of her books when I can if I don’t have them. I don’t have Lucy Sullivan is getting married and Under the Duvet. I do have the sequel to under the duvet (further under the duvet) but I adore her writing and am anxiously awaiting the final book in the Walsh sisters series.

  14. I also love Marian Keyes, and always grab one of her books when I can if I don’t have them. I don’t have Lucy Sullivan is getting married and Under the Duvet. I do have the sequel to under the duvet (further under the duvet) but I adore her writing and am anxiously awaiting the final book in the Walsh sisters series.

  15. I love Keyes. I find that her books exceed the stereotypical ‘chicklit’ expectations. I happen to have this book on my shelf. Unfortunately it’s been ignored. One of these days!

  16. I love Keyes. I find that her books exceed the stereotypical ‘chicklit’ expectations. I happen to have this book on my shelf. Unfortunately it’s been ignored. One of these days!

  17. Marian Keyes is great! I think I’ve probably read all of her books. I can always count on a good story from her.

    Another great book, along the same lines, is a book called ‘Knickles and Dimes’. It has hilarious characters and a fun story; I’d recommend it!

    Anyway, thanks for the review!

  18. Marian Keyes is great! I think I’ve probably read all of her books. I can always count on a good story from her.

    Another great book, along the same lines, is a book called ‘Knickles and Dimes’. It has hilarious characters and a fun story; I’d recommend it!

    Anyway, thanks for the review!

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