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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 (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,748 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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62 of 64 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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6 of 6 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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84 of 89 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By E. B. Harrison on 8 May 2006
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This was the first time I came across Marian Keyes - Rachel's Holiday (a birthday present).

This was also the first time I had read a girlie escapist novel and laughed out loud - not sniggered or smiled to myself, but roared with laughter at the selfish and misguided well portrayed character, Rachel. Highly recommended introduction to Marian Keyes writing.
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21 of 23 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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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Feb 2002
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Rachel's Holiday is about another sister in the Walsh family written about in Marian Keyes' Watermelon. Rachel is the middle sister, an Irish emigree living in New York with Brigit, her best friend from Dublin. They seem to be having a normal time in NYC, partying away while taking the occasional drugs ....
Then Brigit finds Rachel overdosed on drugs and her family takes Rachel back to Ireland to rehab at a place called the Cloisters. She does not understand why she is there, it's all a big misunderstanding, she's not really an addict, but the Cloisters has a reputation for having celebrities and there should be a gym, sauna, massage .... heck, she'll stay to please everyone and leave in 2 weeks.
Through a series of flashbacks by Rachel and visits from her parents and friends in her group therapy, the true extent of Rachel's problem unfolds to both the reader and Rachel herself. Intertwined in this is her relationship with Luke from NYC and how drugs destroyed it as well.
In short, a great read, written in a fun style, which you wouldn't think you'd get with such serious subject matter.
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