Title: Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities
Author: Marian Keyes
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Featuring a wide compilation of Marian’s journalism from magazines and newspapers, plus some exclusive, previously unpublished material, Under the Duvet is bursting with funny stories: observations on life, in-laws, weight loss, parties and driving lessons that will keep you utterly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 There are definitely some true gems included in this collection that were previously unpublished.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.