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Maria Duffy
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3 Nov 2011

'Tis the season to be jolly, except single Dubliner Jenny Breslin is feeling something a little closer to gloomy. Everything about her life - her boring job at the bank, the complete lack of romance - has been untouched by holiday magic, and she dreads the thought of spending yet another festive season with her larger-than-life mother and her new boyfriend.

Thank God for Twitter, a place where there are always people ready and waiting to have a chat. She's even managed to make a couple of genuine friends there, even though she's never met them IRL (that's 'In Real Life' by the way).

'So who's on for a few days in Dublin? Would love to meet you all in person. I have a spare room in my house' - this drunken tweet to her Twitter pals changes Jenny's life forever. Before she knows it, she's counting down to a Christmas visit from London-native Zahra Burns, make-up artist to the stars; Fiona Lee, a stay-at-home mum from Galway, and nurse Kerry (the Twitter buddy Jenny feels closest to).

Suddenly, Jenny becomes aware of how her life will appear to these strangers. In a word: Boring. It's easy enough to pretend that you're an exciting and sophisticated person when nobody can see you, but now Jenny's worried about being caught out in the occasional lies that she's told. All the more incentive to change her life for the better! But once her pals arrive, Jenny finds herself pining for the past and wondering if people are ever who they claim to be.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland (3 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444726056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444726053
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,175,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Growing up in Ireland listening to my parents and grandparents telling stories, I always knew I wanted to write. But, as often happens, my life took a different turn and I ended up working a bank before giving it up to be a stay-at-home mum to my four beautiful children. A few years ago, I decided to start writing again and see where it would take me. I joined Twitter where I became part of a wonderful community of writers and soon found myself an agent. I was lucky to find a publisher soon after for my first novel, Any Dream Will Do, which was published in 2011. The Terrace was published nine months later and both hit the top ten in the Irish charts.

I also write a blog for Hello Magazine! where I interview celebrities who tweet and have been very lucky to meet some amazing people over the last few years.

You can contact me at or on Twitter @mduffywriter

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'Fresh, zany and, at times, laugh-out-loud funny' (Irish Examiner)

'A funny, heart-warming novel which sparkles with rich Dublin wit throughout. With Jenny Breslin, Maria has created a Bridget Jones for the social networking generation.' (Off the Shelf, Hello! Magazine Blog)

'A heart-warming ending ... the perfect cheeky hero ... an absolutely dreamy holiday read' (Goodreads)

'An impressive debut' (Novelicious) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Maybe this Christmas her wishes will come true

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Dreamy but not bad! 9 Jan 2012
By Chloe S "Chick Lit Chloe" TOP 500 REVIEWER
I do love a good debut novel, and when I was offered the opportunity to review Maria Duffy's new book Any Dream Will Do, I of course jumped at the chance. I think the cover is absolutely beautiful and really stands out, and it looks wonderfully wintery as well which is always a bonus in my book! I knew that the book is about Twitter as well, which sounded interesting as Twitter is getting ever-popular and I don't think anybody has actually written a book based around it before so I was curious to see how Duffy would deal with it and how easily it would be woven into the story.

The main character is a lady called Jenny, and I have to be honest and say from the off that I really didn't like her at all. I found her hard to warm to from the start and annoyingly my feelings towards her didn't change at all as the book progressed, something which I often find can be the case to be honest. Jenny seemed weirdly obsessed with Twitter - no reason was given for this obsession and her constant 'embellishing of the truth' shall we say, and I found it a bit odd. When she suggests a meet-up between her and her 3 online "friends", I think I could immediately see where it was going and was almost cringing because I knew Jenny was making an awful decision in meeting up with 3 total strangers. Jenny also had a strange relationship with her mother, and her new boyfriend, another thing that I disliked about her! It was clear that the man she was dating wasn't right for her yet she doesn't give it up, and I couldn't really understand her decisions with things like that! She seemed a very immature grown-up, very odd!

The three people Jenny meets on Twitter aren't exactly what they claimed to be when they finally descend of Dublin as per Jenny's instructions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A page turning read with fun and surprises 6 Dec 2011
What Maria Duffy has done in Any Dream will do is create a character in Jenny Breslin that you really take to, you are very much with her every step of her rollercoaster journey! I found this a really compelling read and a lot of fun. I really loved the twitter theme and the idea that the personalities we present on social media might not always be what they seem. The book is full of action and the characters are well created and endearing with a sexy and warm male lead. I would definitely recommend this for a Christmas read or any time of year. A great debut from an author who looks like she will be a great hit.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart-warming and sparkling with Dublin wit 22 Nov 2011
By hgaynor
Sometimes, a novel comes along which is timed perfectly to tap into modern culture. Maria Duffy's debut novel `Any Dream Will Do' is one such novel, exploring our obsession with social media and how we can sometimes be fooled by what we are seeing on those screens in front of us.

The novel is told through the honest, witty voice of single thirty-year-old Jenny Breslin. With an emotionally distant/deranged mother (who acts more like a teenage rebel than a mother), a boring bank job, an awful boss, a lacking love-life and friends who seem to be living the perfect family life, Jenny turns to Twitter for company, where she establishes stronger friendships and a better social life than she has in the `real' world. Far from fiction, this is something which happens every day and through her characters, Maria Duffy explores the implications of social networking on our relationships and friendships.

When Jenny drunkenly invites three of her Twitter friends to spend a few days with her in Dublin to meet up in person for the first time, her assumptions about the people she has got to know `virtually' are turned completely upside down, leading her to re-evaluate her own life and realise that perhaps it isn't that bad after all.

Any Dream Will Do is a funny, heart-warming novel which sparkles with rich Dublin wit throughout. With Jenny Breslin, Maria has created a Bridget Jones for the social networking generation - Jenny's disastrous love-life, endless, toe-curlingly embarrassing incidents, the brilliant Mammy Delaney and the anticipation of a white Christmas keeps the pages turning and the plot building to a surprising climax.

From the seasonal, eye-catching cover to the touching personal acknowledgments at the end, this is a debut of which the author should be very proud.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy reading. 2 July 2014
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A great rainy afternoon read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable rom com but a good story 2 Jun 2014
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I enjoyed the role that Twitter played in this novel and how not everybody is how they initially appear to be. Jenny is a little bit of a 2 dimensional character for me and things speed along when I thought certain areas could have been explored further. I did however enjoy all the Irish sentiments that appear in this book, a nice read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing book. 14 Feb 2014
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I selected this book because the storyline seemed interesting and other readers rated the book highly. I found the story uninspiring, the heroine difficult to relate to and like, and the other characters lacking in depth. Consequently I started to fast read over a number of pages in order to get to the finish. I will not be reading any more books by this author.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Any Dream will do 19 Jan 2014
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Love Maria's books never fail to deliver and this is no exception loved the storyline. This book kept me awake as reD it in two days but late at night too
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ok 17 Jan 2014
By Mrs.c
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I personally didn't like this. Read it out of boredom and persevered to the end but really not my cup of tee
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I loved the way the story gathered pace and there were surprises right up to the very end. I can't wait to read Maria's next book!
Published 2 months ago by Maire - London
2.0 out of 5 stars good story but shame about the language
enjoyed the story but the language used was dreadful, don't buy if your offended by the f word or blasphemy as it happens on almost every page. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Amanda King
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story :)
I loved this story. The kid put me off wanting to meet any of my Twitter friends that have kids now though lol. Read more
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I loved Any Dream Will Do from start to finish. I am a Face Booker rather then a Tweeter & i could identify with the main character Jen quite a bit. Read more
Published on 3 April 2012 by Elizabeth - Belfast
5.0 out of 5 stars Fresh & Fun
This is the story of Jenny Breslin, who is a little dissatisfied with her life so turns to Twitter where she makes some exciting friends and decides to invite some of them to... Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by RachelReads
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
I loved this book by Maria Duffy.
Any Dream Will Do is the perfect escapist novel, and you get totally carried away because you are desperate to find out what is around the... Read more
Published on 21 Jan 2012 by Jess Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Any Dream Will Do imagines every twitter fan's nightmare scenario...
... with hilarious and thought-provoking consequences.

Any Dream Will Do is packed with plot twists that'll have you roaring with laughter or gasping with shock. Read more
Published on 27 Dec 2011 by Miss Pamela McIlroy
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