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The Other Side of the Story [Kindle Edition]

Marian Keyes
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The agent Jojo, a high-flying literary agent on the up, has just made a very bad career move: she’s jumped into bed with her married boss Mark… The bestseller Jojo’s sweet-natured client Lily’s first novel is a roaring success. She and lover Anton celebrate by spending the advance for her second book. Then she gets writer’s block… The unknown Gemma used to be Lily’s best friend – until Lily ‘stole’ Anton. Now she’s writing her own story – painfully and hilariously – when supershark agent Jojo stumbles across it… When their fortunes become entangled, it seems too much to hope that they’ll all find a happy ending. But maybe they’ll each discover that there’s more than one side to every story…

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A superior storyteller who thoroughly deserves her bestselling status -- Irish Independent

Her characters are as strong as her plot lines and the dialogue sparkles and rings true -- The Irish Times

Her writing sparkles and the world is a better place for her books -- Irish Tatler

The Irish Times

Her characters are as strong as her plot lines and the dialogue sparkles and rings true

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1412 KB
  • Print Length: 536 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060520515
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (10 Mar. 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9DKG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (363 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,098 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
I bought this book to read on holiday but I couldn't resist just taking a peek, maybe trying a page or two so I wouldn't be coming to it 'cold' during my break. That was a fatal mistake; I couldn't put it down till I'd found out what happened. Work didn't get worked, washing went unwashed, shopping unshopped. It's a fabulous, glorious, book. Full of warmth, humour, emotional insight and brilliant observations.
The story centres on three main characters whose lives intertwine throughout the book. There's Jojo, the tough cookie New Yorker literary agent; Lily the sweet-natured writer who's suddenly propelled to bestsellerdom but who's happiness is tempered by dreadful guilt because she 'stole' best friend Gemma's boyfriend, Anton, and Gemma, who's father has just left her mother as the book opens. This allows us to pick which heroine we like best and who's story we care about most. I expected to like Gemma most because I too once had a boyfriend 'stolen' from me. Or maybe Jojo because I wish I could be as successful and driven as her. But, no; for me it was the fragile, vulnerable, Lily whose storyline engaged me most and whose story made me cry involuntarily as I rushed to read the conclusion.
This was my first Marian Keyes book and I can't wait to devour the rest. Marian totally deserves her crown of Chick Lit Queen.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top read from Marian Keyes! 17 Mar. 2005
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Having previously read all of Keyes' other books (Rachel's Holiday, Sushi for Beginners, Watermelon etc) I was looking forward to reading this new offering and I was not disappointed. The story is set in the world of publishing and is told from the viewpoints of the three main characters. First there is Gemma, a Dublin-based party planner whose father has just walked out on her mother. Left to pick up the pieces she decides to write a novel on the subject. By doing this she hopes to upstage Lily, the girl who stole Gemma's one true love and has just published her own successful book. Gemma plans to send her book to JoJo, Lily's agent who is having an affair with her boss. The three stories come together brilliantly in what I found to be a hilarious and enjoyable book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant escapism 17 Jun. 2004
Being aware of Marian Keyes' reputation as a talented author of intelligent women's fiction, I was eager to lay my hands on a copy of her latest offering. 'The Other Side of the Story' is full of amusing one-liners, a cleverly-woven web of sub-plots and a thoroughly enjoyable way to spend a lazy weekend. It's not up to the high standard of 'Rachel's Holiday' however, with its sensitive portrayal of a woman broken by drug addiction. Saying that, all of Keyes' trademark story-telling techniques are present in this book: snappy dialogue, believable relationships and a warm narrative.
The book follows the happenings in the lives of three thirty-something women. The fiesty literary agent Jojo Harvey, struggling author Lily Wright and Irish woman Gemma Hogan, who is watching her father's mid-life crisis in horror. With their lives curiously interwoven by their mutual interest in all things literary, each of the three face troublesome times - often courtesy of their careers. Jojo Harvey quite the heroine in the book; giving her all to the cause she has so much faith in, and refusing to allow her gender to prevent her from gaining promotion.
One of my favourite aspects of The Other Side of the Story is the fact that none of the characters behave in a saintly, nor an evil manner. They have flaws, regrets and bad experiences just as 'real' people do. I found the way that each of the three women have a different perspective on extra-marrital affairs to be interesting, too. Different angles are explored as we see the story - as the title suggests - from many sides. In this way the reader may also understand how misunderstandings and wrong conclusions are formed.
I have no hesitation in recommending this book to others who have read and enjoyed Keyes' previous novels.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars best read in a long time 2 Jun. 2004
Wow! What a fun, provokative, fabulously written book that i just couldn't put down - I just finished it tonight and i'm really quite sad at the thought of losing Gemma (hysterical!) and Johnny, Owen, Mam and Dad, Lilly, Anton and Jo-Jo - what a cast! I'm inspired to buy this book and send it to a few of my girly-friends around the world - the word must be spread! I would give more than 5 stars if i could - especially now i know how the Amazon star rating system is benchmarked by those authors and publishers.....
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this book now!! 21 Jun. 2005
By A Customer
I had heard of Marian Keyes but thought that her books would be pretty average. How wrong could I be? I picked this up at a train station for a holiday, whilst away I didn't have a chance to read it and I was extremely glad I didn't as my boyfriend would have be ignored for the entire holiday! It usually takes me a month or so to read most books but it was so compelling, funny, witty and engrossing that I read it in 3 days. I totally related to all the characters and now that I've finished it I am longing to read more about the lives of Gemma, Jojo and Lily. Marian I hope you are reading your reviews because you have inspired me to write again and given a great insight into the world of literary agents and publishing. I have now ordered every other book written by Marian and I hope that they all live up to this one and Amazon take note you really should do a box set of her books at a reasonable price.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read
I must have read this book 20 times and it's brilliant every time. Marian Keyes is simply a fantastic author
Published 1 month ago by mbeedle
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
thought id read all of Marians books so pleased to come across this one.
Published 2 months ago by Fiona Kinsella
4.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the story
As always lots of twists and turns but love the way her books always come together
Published 2 months ago by Linda Symonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read - (but I wanted Jo-Jo and Mark to get together) : (
I read this story on Kindle, had a busy few weeks, so only got to read at my favourite time, early Sat or Sun morning. But I speeded up as I got through the book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by 75sjg
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Another great quirky book from Marian Keyes. I couldn't' put it down.
Published 3 months ago by Wendy Fox
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely.....
Really sad this book is over... Perfect bit of escapism beautifully written and structured.. Wanted it to continue. Read more
Published 4 months ago by sticky
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty and wonderful!
An easy read, but very perceptive comments on modern society. Witty abd wonderful!
Published 4 months ago by Peter Davies
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Took some getting in to but good in the end..
Published 5 months ago by Sarah Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
I have just invested in a kindle and this was the first book I downloaded. Very pleased with my choice. Easy to read, and love the characters.
Published 6 months ago by V
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read as usual
Another insightful story from Marian Keyes, great read as usual.
Published 6 months ago by sheenweb
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