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  • Unknown Binding
  • ASIN: B006RO5BPM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (274 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,030,085 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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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 21 Dec 2005
By A Customer
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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76 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I never tire of this book 11 July 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rachel's Holiday - my first Marian Keyes read 8 May 2006
Format:Paperback
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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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best I have ever read 7 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful and witty 15 Aug 2004
Format:Paperback
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNNY, WITTY AND TERRIFYINGLY TRUE TO LIFE! 13 Jun 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars just fantastic
Took a little while then, THEN couldn't put it down! Characters you love and hate in equal measure! Nice little twists and turns. Read more
Published 21 days ago by SMARTY 9
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
This book is the perfect holiday beach book. The delivery was very fast, price was good and i would definatley buy from here again!!
Published 1 month ago by sophie wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Chick flick for mothers day always goes down a treat. This is a great book. Arrived in great condition and deliveray service fantastic
Published 2 months ago by Donna Handling
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
Love the Walsh family. Marian is a superb writer and allows the reader to be transformed into another reality. Amazing from start to finish
Published 2 months ago by Catherine Neesam
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
This book is funny, sad at times and really inspiring! Read it, you won't be sorry! Totally enjoyed this book.
Published 3 months ago by Miss Emma C Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars rachels holida
This book hits a different tone to your usual love story, it's different in a really good way, and offers insight to a whole other world.
Published 3 months ago by Lauren
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I'm a big fan of Marian Keyes- and she doesn't disapoint with this one! I don't think I've been disapointed with any of her books, and this one I finished in one sitting!
Published 3 months ago by Emily
5.0 out of 5 stars Marian Keyes gets it right again
Great book, engaging and interesting from the start. The end felt a little rushed perhaps, but maybe this is because it was such a good book you didn't want it to end. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JKing411
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny but interesting
Very funny typical Keyes has you laughing but also seriously interesting look into addiction loved it Rachel is in denial about her addiction meets lots of interesting characters... Read more
Published 4 months ago by eileen dewil
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good Walsh novel
The Walsh's must be the funniest fictional family, not read them in order but they're still great books. Loved this story about Rachel and her addictions.
Published 4 months ago by Emily Andrews
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