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The Other Side of the Story (Penguin Celebrations) [Paperback]

Marian Keyes
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6 Sep 2007 Penguin Celebrations
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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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (6 Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141034963
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141034966
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 919,065 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 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Set in the world of million pound book deals and the race to the bestseller lists, The Other Side of the Story is a gripping and page-turning insight into the world of publishing by Ireland's best loved author Marian Keyes. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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33 of 33 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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another top read from Marian Keyes! 17 Mar 2005
By A Customer
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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23 of 24 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. 19 Feb 2006
By A Customer
I was given this book by my mother who thought I would appreciate the Irish humour! First glance didn't inspire me, chick lit usually to be avoided I thought. How wrong, I picked it up last Sunday morning - a dreary cold day - perfect for a long read. I didn't anticipate the connection I would feel with the book and each of the characters, I could not stop. The book is clever, funny and touches on the choices and emotional consequences we all have to face. The three stories are woven together in a seamless way, the initial chapters lengthy and the later ones picking up pace and momentum, I couldnt turn the pages fast enough. I loved and loathed each of the characters at different times.
This is a really inspiring book for any budding author,but more so it is a ripping good read which will make you laugh and cry in equal measures. My first Marion Keyes novel but definitely not my last.
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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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4 of 4 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book! This was my second time of reading ...
A great book! This was my second time of reading it and I enjoyed it as much as the first time. The way the three main characters are built up and interwoven through the book is... Read more
Published 4 days ago by JuAnLew
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Brilliant book must read
Published 23 days ago by Kathryn McNally
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved how all the characters are intwided together
First Marian Keyes book I've read, won't be the last. Loved how all the characters are intwided together. Can't wait to read more of her books.
Published 1 month ago by Katherine Cherry
4.0 out of 5 stars THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STORY
Enjoyed this book couldn't put it down towards the end as I was on tender hooks to find out how Gemma, JOJO, and Lily,s lives turned out.
Published 2 months ago by MRS SANDRA BROWN
4.0 out of 5 stars could do better
i lovr marian keyes, but this didnt make me chuckle or laugh out loud like i normally do at her books, having said that its
better than most of the stuff out there.
Published 3 months ago by G. Richardson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best..
I love Marian Keyes but I felt this book wasn't as good as her others. I have read many Marian Keyes books before and couldn't put them down but I wasn't too fussed with this one. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Emily Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best from Marian Keyes!
I loved this. I have read (or listened to the audio version) several books by Marian Keyes including This Charming Man, Rachel's Holiday, Angels, The Mystery of Mercy Close. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable and very enjoyable
I really enjoyed reading this book. It feels like you know where it's going until it veers off elsewhere... making it hard to put down. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mrs L F Stead
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious
As always from Marian Keyes this is a laugh out loud book. Very good read, great plot and characters. I really am a fan.
Published 5 months ago by ameliarate
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story
This story proves that you need to talk and clear up any misunderstandings between friends lovely story also lots of humour as always with Marion 's books
Published 5 months ago by Mrs D Hennah
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