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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (29 Jan. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140271791
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140271799
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (338 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 237,627 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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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, a number one bestseller. 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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65 of 67 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
I was given a dog-eared copy of this book while in a rehab centre in Dublin and found it wonderful. The book is written on Marion Keyes own experiences and manages to give an incredibly accurate account of "life inside" without being bogged down with sentamental tales of suffering or sounding like a martyr. It is uplifting, funny and very honest. I for one found it a great help in my recovery, and would even go so far as saying, the fact Rachel is so funny and normal she helped me admit I had a problem and not feel like a freak ! I also lent it to my mum and sisters to help them understand my state of mind at the time. If you or anyone you know has a problem with drugs or alcohol please buy this book, and if you don't, buy it anyway. It's really good. I have read everything she has published since, she is a fantastic storyteller !
ps and that original copy is still doing the rounds as far as I know !!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "lucky_lottie" on 15 Aug. 2004
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Rachel Walsh is the middle child from a family of five, is abnormally tall, has size 8 feet, and is fed up. She's left Ireland, and is sharing a flat with Bridgit, her best friend in New York. She's bagged herself a gorgeous boyfriend called Luke, and has a dazzling social life. Or does she?
When she wakes up in hospital the next day, she can't work out why she's there. Surely Bridgit didn't call an ambulance because she took a few too many drugs the night before? (just to make herself feel better of course).
It soon emerges that Rachel has a serious drug problem. Her parents are understandably worried, so decide to send her to the Cloisters, a drug rehabilitation center. Of course Rachel doesn't need to go, she's just doing it for everyone else. Or is she?
Rachel is contracted to stay at the Cloisters for two months, and she soon realises that it is not going to be a piece of cake. No celebrities, gym or health spa, just her, the other inmates and the tough councillor.
As Rachel goes back in time to establish the cause of her addiction, we see what she really is inside: a lonely, low self esteemed young woman. We see how her actions have affected people around her, and we see how far she has to go to really quash her addiction.
This book was absolutely brilliant, and I could really understand how the characters felt due to the clear and accurate writing of Marian Keyes. Rachel's holiday is a must read, as it is chick-lit on a new level. I would say that is the best book that Marian Keyes has written, far better than Angels and Watermelon. Buy it now!
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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 2004
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Having read Rachel's Holiday for the first time 5 years ago, I've since read and re-read it and I just never tire of it. It's more than a girly read. It has more depth than that. I've read all Marian Keyes books and this one by far is her best and strongest novel. However if you plan on reading Rachel's Holiday (which I strongly urge you to do) first read Watermelon,Rachel's Holiday and then Angels. They are a triology of (what I hope will be 5 books) 5 sisters. The Walsh sisters. Claire (Watermelon), Rachel's Holiday (Rachel) and Angels (Maggie). I'm already looking forward to reading about Anna and especially the hilarious Helen.
(PS There was a tv drama based loosly on Watermelon which was awful and not a patch on the great read that it is - that's just by the by!)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By salemskye.com on 8 July 2013
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Marian Keyes has said before that she doesn't like the way her novels are sold, the covers in particular. Her novels, she argued, are not fluffy chick lit but stories of the difficulties in life; addiction, loss, grief, single parenthood, depression...and yet they are jacketed in pastels, pinks, upbeat encomium, lurid motifs (high heels, glasses of wine, lipstick...) and so on.

Rachel's Holiday is a prime example of that. Bright pinky-red cover, "A thoroughly funny book!" says The Sunday Times, a prompt that this is from the same author of Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and a pair of lime-green heels (Rachel wears these on her first date with Luke in the novel). But this isn't the tale of a hapless girl who shirks her boring, normal life, jets off on hols and has a holiday romance. Thank heaven.

Rachel lives in New York, dates Luke (a man she can't help fancy despite all his faults), lives with successful career girl Brigit and they both enjoy all the social aspects that New York has to offer. Only Rachel enjoys them too much and ends up OD-ing. Her family whip her back to Ireland to go into Cloisters - a famous rehab centre. But Rachel doesn't understand why she's there. She's not an addict. She had a normal life in New York. She treated her boyfriend and best friend well. What is everyone moaning about?

As she passes her time in rehab, the narrative jumps back to her life in New York, and slowly as Rachel comes to realise truths about herself we come to realise that life wasn't quite as she remembers it.

I found the chapters dealing with Rachel in rehab far more interesting than the New York chapters. The NY strand is a little dull to be honest but I think that is because we are seeing it through Rachel's unreliable, drug-addled eyes.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jun. 1999
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I first read Keyes in hospital during my pregnancy. it was Watermelon, and I hadn't laughed so much in years. After reading Lucy Sullivan, I eagerly grabbed my copy of Rachel's Holiday and tucked in. This book didn't disappoint. On the contrary, I could not put it down. The story grabs you. Having read Watermelon, I felt as if I already knew the family and the old familiar feel helped to jig the story along. Rachel seems so sweet, but a bit like every girl I've known. Where Keyes really excels is that Rachel is an addict and we see life from her point of view. It is scarey. Like a rollercoaser out of control at times. Yet Rachel has a problem and Keyes really gets at the heart of it. This is a truly wonderful read. it is therapeutic, and should be given to all people trying to quit a habit. perhaps doctors should prescribe it on the NHS! BUY, BUY, BUY!
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