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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks (26 Sept. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141804289
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141804286
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1.7 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,605,775 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There and This Charming Man. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.

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A new Marian Keyes novel is always something to celebrate, and her sixth novel, Angels, will have you cheering. From the first couple of sentences: "I'd always lived a fairly blameless life. Up until the day I left my husband and ran away to Hollywood, I'd hardly ever put a foot wrong" to the hugely satisfying last page, you're immediately involved in the story of Maggie Walsh's life; of how it went wrong, and then went right again.

The Walshes starred in a previous Keyes novel, the delightful Rachel's Holiday; Maggie is Rachel's older sister, (one of five) and the only one who "never did any of that nasty sleeping around business". Instead she got married to her first boyfriend Paul Garvan and everything was fine, until they suffered a couple of "setbacks". Unable to face sorting out the difficulties, Maggie hightails it to Los Angeles to stay with her old pal Emily. Emily is a script writer, her short film A Perfect Day was a big hit in Ireland, but her working life is a little tougher in the land of sunshine and fat-free Pringles. The two girls, along with a supporting cast of wannabes, scary film studio folk and slacker next door neighbours, get on with sorting out their emotional issues in a stylishly witty, wonderfully warm fashion. Maggie's devilish ex-boyfriend and the commitment phobic Troy add in a delightful frisson of sexual tension.

Marian Keyes observations on the foibles of love and LA are laugh-out-loud funny, but there's a beguiling tenderness there too. By the time you reach the final full stop you'll be sighing with contentment, and just wishing that Marian would get a move on with the next book. --Eithne Farry --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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'Gifted with a wonderful turn of phrase, she is the warm-hearted poet of every day anguish' The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Parker on 25 Oct. 2002
Format: Hardcover
The thing about Marian Keyes books is that you get so involved that you wake up wanting to read another chapter as if it is a part of YOUR day that is unfolding!!
A welcome return to the Walsh family ( Rachel from Rachel's holiday and Claire from Watermelon) and their cocktail of alcohol dependance, junk food greed and disreputable daughters.Fabulous!!
Maggie Walsh , sister of Claire and Rachel, goes through the
" Turning 30/should I be having kids crisis", exacerbated by the fact that no -one will tell her the truth about labour pains ( it hurts believe me!!). Crisis is catalyst for relationship breakdown which in turn is catalyst for her buggering off to L.A.
Maggie's time in LA is interspersed with thoughtful insights into her history and the book swings from past to present in a Wuthering Heights kind of a way, keeping you gripped and wanting to get through the chapters like Penelope Pitstop on speed so you can find out about her past!!
The satirical look at LA is hilarious - wait till you find out about the very latest plastic surgery - quite an image!!
The way that Maggie thinks " To hell with it" and behaves out of character is almost like it's you yourself on holiday thinking " sod it". Marian Keyes lets you know the characters so personally that you experience Maggie's risks and thrills almost first hand. When Maggie wakes up to herself is something we can all identify with, the happy ending is something we all deserve but most of us don't get! Still that's why it's a book and a brilliant one!
When do we get the next book about another wayward sister?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Sept. 2002
Format: Hardcover
I am an avid reader of Marian Keyes' novels, and received Angels as a birthday gift back in June. In fact, Ms. Keyes was reading from "Angels" in my neighborhood bookstore here in the USA, but I had just had surgery and couldn't attend.
Angels just might be my new favorite Keyes book! I laughed the entire way through the book....but then, before I knew it, I was actually crying while reading along too. Keyes' books are always light-hearted, yet based in reality, and offer some heart-felt poignent moments that have her characters baring their innermost souls. At the same time, Keyes has a wonderful ability to play on the "transplanted" characters, whether they are from Ireland and plopped down smack in the middle of Los Angeles, or they have a steady career and find themselves suddenly sacked without a job at all, or being wonderfully married only to be suddenly single, etc.
Angels captures the superficial soul of Hollywood and LA VERY accurately, with her usual wit and honest observations. And in the meantime, the novel is filled with characters that you want to keep reading about! Well done Ms. Keyes!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Kerry King on 26 Jan. 2007
Format: Paperback
I've been reading Marian Keyes since before she became 'fashionable' (upon the success of Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married) and my love affair with her novels began. Whenever I begin to doubt that Marian really is worth all the hype, I pick up one of her novels (personal favourites are 'Watermelon' and 'Rachel's Holiday') and reminisce over her genius and this contribution from Ms. Keyes is such a book.

Angels revists the wonderfully wacky Walsh family, this time delving into the life of a previously undocumented sister, Maggie (prior sorties on the Walsh clan have bestowed upon us the hilariously funny 'Rachel's Holiday' and the tender pleasures of 'Watermelon') and follows her on a voyage of discovery as she figures out who she really is following the collapse of her marriage to her first ever boyfriend. Luckily for Maggie she has a best friend living in Los Angeles; and what better place to examine your own neuroses than in the midst of a bunch of people with more than their fair share of the same.

'Angels' is a warm and fuzzy tale that should not be read on public transport for fear of making a fool of yourself by laughing aloud and loudly (when the Walsh family decides to visit Maggie at her friend's in Los Angeles; if that doesn't have you rolling in the aisles, you must have recently had a charisma bypass). It is a well-written and engaging story with three dimensional and occasionally slightly batty characters that you will bond with immediately.

Keyes gift to us all? The journey through the tale leaves you with the belief that whilst you thought you were looking at a blot on the landscape, it turns out it was actually the cherry on the cake all along - it was just too far away to see it clearly.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a massive fan of Marian Keyes I have been patiently waiting for the publication of this latest book.
If you've read either Rachel's Holiday or Watermelon you will be delighted to know that Angels follows the story of another of the Walsh sisters, Maggie.
Maggie has always been the "good girl" of the family and so when her marriage to Garv breaks down, her family and friends are deeply shocked. Struggling to come to terms with the split, the worn down Maggie jets off to LA to spend some time with her writer friend Emily.
Emily is herself trying to prove to all and sundry at home that her decision to move to Cailfornia to be a Hollywood writer was worth the risk.
It's hard to say too much about this book without giving away much of the story. There are so many twists and turns that the reader simply does not know what is coming next. This is not chick lit, this is funny, immensely moving and ultimately completely uplifting.
The Walsh family are as usual fabulous in all their dysfunctional glory. Maggie herself is a typical woman, with typical hopes and dreams and we can all relate to her shock at her broken marriage. Anyone who has ever had their heart broken will cry with her as she comes to terms with what has happend.
But never at any time does this book descend into self pity and depression. The women in Angels are fighters and they keep going no matter what is thrown at them, sometimes with hilarious consequences.
If I have to say one negative thing about this book ( and I really don't want to) this book was, for me, a little slow to start with, but that may have been simply because having read and loved Keyes' previous Walsh books I was expected to wowed from the first page.
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