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Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married [Paperback]

Marian Keyes
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Book Description

7 July 2005

When Lucy Sullivan is dragged by her friends to visit a psychic, she thinks it will be a bit of a laugh. She doesn't believe for one second that the prediction will come true; there's just no way that she will be married within the year!

In fact Lucy doesn't even have a boyfriend.

But then she meets gorgeous but unreliable Gus. And the handsome Chuck. Oh and there's Daniel, the world's biggest flirt. And even cute Jed, the new guy at work.

Is it written in the stars? Or will Lucy finally take control of her own destiny and find the perfect man?

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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow; New Ed edition (7 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099489996
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099489993
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (89 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,284 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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Lucy Sullivan is your basic fun-loving type of gal, so when her coworkers suggest a trip to the fortune teller, she goes along for the ride. Since Lucy is less than impressed by the rather pedestrian psychic, Mrs. Nolan, she doesn't give much credit to the prediction of a marriage in her near future. But when the fortunes of her friends come true, she begins to consider her male companions with a new eye.

The gorgeous Gus has potential, if he can overcome his aptitude for imbibing and his reliance on the dole. Jed, the fresh new employee at work, has his charms--and a healthy sense of co-dependency. And of course there's always Daniel, a reliable friend with a wicked sense of humour and a devilish history with women.

But before Lucy can start picking out China patterns, she needs to sort out her feelings for the first man in her life, her father. Though Lucy has always seen her father as good-hearted and fun-spirited, Lucy's mother has endured decades of his unpredictability and alcoholism with lessening patience. When her mother leaves him, Lucy steps in where her mother left off--and learns some hard lessons about relationships and responsibility.

Like Nick Hornby and Helen Fielding, Marian Keyes uses complementary touches of humour and humanity to capture the essence of singlehood in modern London. Keyes's sharp dialogue and the rich, internal development of her characters will both entertain and inspire singletons everywhere--from office gossip and erratic roommates ("I wouldn't have liked to live in her head, it must have been a dark, lonely, frightening place. You could walk for miles and miles without meeting a single intelligent thought.") to bizarre blind dates and bittersweet realisations, Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married is a grand success. --Nancy R E O'Brien --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"Her books are so fabulously brilliant" (heat)

"Keyes' charm lies in the fact that she writes about people like us" (Independent)

"A writer who pips Maeve Binchy in Irish bestseller lists, Marian Keyes is chick-lit's class act" (Independent)

"Keyes has taken over Binchy's crown as the 'Queen of Irish Fiction'" (Irish Independent)

"Keyes' tale is both hilarious and suspenseful, and so warmly told it feels just like comfy girltalk with a cherished friend" (Booklist)

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously funny! 8 Nov 2000
Having read Rachel's Holiday, Marian Keyes's latest book, I thought I should definitely read one of her earlier novels. I had been looking for a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy to read and Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married did not disappoint. What great novel! This book shouldn't be compared to Bridget Jones -- it shines its own light.
Lucy Sullivan has received the news of a lifetime: a psychic has predicted that she will be married within a year. The problem is that she has no idea to whom. Who is the lucky man? No one knows. Of course, the search for Mr. Sullivan will take some interesting and rough turns, for Lucy isn't exactly a girl with very high dating standards.
The story is very reminiscent to a Jane Austen novel -- it has that heroine-looking-for-love-in-all-the-wrong-places-but-wouldn't-notice-the-true-love-of-her-life-if-it-hit-her-in-the-head theme. I also loved the neurotic characters. Lucy's roommates -- Karen, bossy and high maintenance and Charlotte, ditsy and naive -- are hilarious! As are Daniel (he seemed adorable), Megan, Meredia and Gus. I laughed so much with this one. In fact, I was given some puzzled looks on the train on my way to work. My only complaint is that having read Rachel's Holiday, I have detected a pattern in Keyes's writing -- a pattern that I cannot discuss for it might spoil the plot.
Funny, charming, and as irresistible as it is addicting, Lucy Sullivan should be on everyone's reading list!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever Marian Keyes Novel! 13 Aug 2004
If there is one writer i can always rely on to uplift my mood, and defeat my ever growing bordem; then it's Marian Keyes. I had previously read "Watermelon"; "Rachel's Holiday"; "Angels"; "Last Chance Saloon" and "Sushi For Beginners". When I picked up "Lucy Sullivan Is Gettin Married", it sent my imagination into a whirlwind, and i found myself laughing and crying my way through every chapter.
The introduction to the book gripped me, it felt so down to earth and i attached myself to the characters lives straight away. I swear that this would make a fantastic TV drama! Marian Keyes' main characters always seem to take on the same roles. Lucy Sullivan is a very sarcastic and empty person to start with, much like Rachel in "Rachel's Holiday".
The story follows Lucy and her work mates visiting Mrs Nolan, a psychic. She tells Lucy that by the end of the year she will be married. Rumurs fly all over the place that Lucy is engaged, and she finds herself being harrassed by her tight, bitter and fussy mother; Her drunken, bed wetting father and her loud, self obsessed and big breasted flatmates. Lucy's family put the dysfunctional in dysfunctional!
Will she end up with Chuck, the rather abnoctious American who claims he doesn't drink? Jed the new guy at work? Gus, the most unreliable, untrustworthy get gorgeous bloke breathing? Or plain old Daniel? It may not sound very exciting now, but once you've started reading it, you'll be holding on for dear life to the book! Marian Keyes portray's Lucy's character as slightly depressed, well maybe a bit more then slightly! I felt there was a lot of reality and personal references from the writer whilst she desribed these scenes of depression.
Overall this book is the best thing since chocolate covered honey comb! And that is very hard to come by!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars saved my life 24 April 2002
By A Customer
I first read this book several years ago when I was unfortunately going through a nervous breakdown. A friend lent it to me and I don't exaggerate when I say that it saved my life. Lucy was REAL - she had crappy relationships, an awful job, a less-than-storybook family and she suffered from depression (in fact, I identified so strongly with the character that I rang up the friend who had lent me the book and said "oh my god, someone's been spying on my life!"). Lucy made me feel like I wasn't such a loser, that it was okay that my life was a bit out of control and that perhaps it would all turn out okay (which it has - I haven't found my Daniel yet, but I'm sure he'll turn up eventually!). Quite aside from that, I was thoroughly impressed with the fact that Marian included a character which nearly every single London office gets at some point or other and which nobody EVER includes in their books - the Australian temp! I've read the book several times since first reading it in 1997 and coming back to it is like wearing a pair of really soft, faded jeans - dead comfortable, look great and you can rely on it any time.
Read it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Marian Keyes book!! 4 Oct 2004
I thought "Sushi for Beginners" was my fav Marian Keyes book but this is even better. I have also read "Last Chance Saloon" and "Watermelon" but this is the best of them all. I only have a few pages now left to read and I wish it would never end because I'm enjoying it so much!! when you start reading it you can't put it down, so I strongly recommend it!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Fun & Fluff!! 21 Mar 2001
By A Customer
I am a huge Marian Keyes fan and I loved this book. It is perfect for cuddling up on the sofa with a bottle of wine and chocolate. Lucy is a good strong character with flaws as well as her redeeming qualities - to see how vunerable she is at times makes you sympathise with her various predicaments throughout the course of a year or so. Finally, you really, really want her to kick her blinkers off and realise who is really after her affections, even though it is not very hard to work out as you read on. Personally, I think this is one of Marian Keyes' best. Fine holiday fun.
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1.0 out of 5 stars abandoned after 100 pages
I should have realised I wouldn't have liked it by the recommendation from the Daily Mail.

Comparisons to Jane Austen are scandalous - she would never have muddled up... Read more
Published 1 month ago by C. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Lucy sullivan is getting married
Lucy is a student-age girl whose mother left home in despair at her father's incessant drinking. Her dad isn't violent or anything, just weak, and Lucy sighs and takes the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Marian Keyes, is a fantastic writer, came across this book by chance and it never let me down, unlike some books that tell you everything is great and wonderful this book has real... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
An enormously entertaining book. When I was reading this book, there was a 'version' of this on TV and, anyone who has seen that, don't let it put you off because it is nothing... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mrs. Julie Holt
4.0 out of 5 stars Keyes as ever!
I love Keyes books, they are a nice pause in the everyday life.
They lightly deal with serious matters.
Funny, light, but also interesting regarding alcoholism issues.
Published 13 months ago by Valentina
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read... very very funny.. i read this book within 3days! Marian always relates to normal beliveable chacters in her writing, which makes it even better.
Published on 23 July 2012 by Emma
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and predictable
What can I say about this book, it was awful, a selfish central character and don't get me started on Gus, a nasty nasty person the Lucy found enchanting, you know who she will end... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2012 by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, sweet and uplifting!
This is one of Marian Keyes' earlier books and definitely one of the best. Poor Lucy is very unlucky in love and has been in less than favourable relationships. Read more
Published on 24 Dec 2011 by Mary Malone
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't really care if Lucy Sullivan got married or not
Must be one of her earlier novels - but it would be hard to beat 'That Charming Man'. This is readable chick lit, 'That Charming Man' is one of the best novels in any genre that... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2011 by Mrs. Judith Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best of Marian Keyes
I love all Marian Keyes books, and this is no exception. I was looking for a funny but sensible story, and I found it in this book, as I normally do in all of Marian Keyes'. Read more
Published on 14 Mar 2011 by Marian Hortal
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