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Sushi For Beginners [Hardcover]

Marian Keyes
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2 Nov 2000
Who will have the nervous breakdown? Will it be Clodagh who awaits her beautiful husband's homecoming, or Lisa, hard and brittle and recently demoted? Or perhaps it will be Ashling who is so normal that she is actually weird.

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  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph; First Edition edition (2 Nov 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718144465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718144463
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,020,704 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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Sushi For Beginners has all the right ingredients for a thirtysomething novel. The thirtysomething girls are there, looking for a better job, a better man, ANYTHING other than what they've already got; there are men to die for and men you wish would drop dead, preferably in agony. And these "so-real you can pinch 'em" people live their lives in a funny, thrilling, sad world that you wish hadn't just ended when you turn the last page. But there's more, because this one is written by best-selling Irish author Marian Keyes.

Where her previous bestseller, Last Chance Saloon, featured Irish folk living in London, Sushi For Beginners is set in Keyes' hometown, Dublin. The only "foreigner" here is Lisa from London, a real madam whose longed-for promotion to "Manhattan" magazine is knocked off-course a few thousand miles when she is forced to accept the editorship of "Colleen", a new magazine for young women, billed by the publishers as "dumbed-down" but definitely "sexy". Lisa would frankly rather eat one of her freebie Patrick Cox stilettos. Still a job is a job, and anyhow, Irish MD Jack Devine could just turn out to be a major consolation prize. Lisa's deputy at "Colleen" is Ashling, a Little Miss Fix-It, whose early role reversal with her mother (thanks to the latter's nervous breakdown) has induced an organisational paranoia and a handbag filled with emergency equipment to meet any eventuality. Oh, and a best friend whose motives might not always be in Ashling's best interests.

This is a story of three girls' lives, what's made them what they are and their search for happiness--sometimes found in unlikely places and sometimes lost forever. With Sushi For Beginners, Keyes is fast-becoming the undisputed Queen of her genre. She's wincingly accurate and wickedly funny, and while she can tackle big issues like homelessness (no pun intended) with honest feeling devoid of over-sentimentality, her insight into the aspirations of thirtysomething women at the turn of the 21st century sets her high above the competition. --Carey Green


"'Marian Keyes is the queen of feel-good fiction. Her hip, heart-warming comedies have made her the hottest young female writer in Britain and the voice of a generation' Mirror" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once you get stuck in it's hard to get out 4 Sep 2001
I finished this book about a month ago, while I was on holiday and I really enjoyed it. The different lives of the characters mean you're never bored with just one storyline, and every one is easy to relate to. The book is realistic, funny, sad in places (read with kleenex) and leaves you feeling that maybe the world isnt such a bad place after all. Although the characters are all in their late twenties, or thirty-something, and I'm about a decade behind them, I totally identified with their men-worries, etc. If you need a girly pick-me-up, I recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chick lit at its best 13 Jan 2009
By Hayles
This was my first Marian Keyes book and I was pleasantly surprised by how good to was. So mnay women try and fail to write intelligent, funny chick lit that stops short of being sentimental or down right silly. Keyes create characters we believe in and care about and manages to get the balance right between action, emotion and humour. There are enough twists and turns to make sure the plot mirrors real life and is a real page turner. This would be an ideal holiday read - satisfying without being earth-shattering.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I LAUGHED OUT LOUD 13 Nov 2000
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I couldn't wait for this book to come out and I wasn't disappointed. Having been disappointed with 'Last Chance Saloon' I anxiously opened this book and three days later I had finished it. All three women have their own way of looking for love and we have all been there. Bored housewife, career girl and hardworking, conscientious, kind Ashling. There are some hilarious one liners. Especially the office of Colleen Magazine taking the piss out of their colleague who is going out with a fishmonger - 'Im a Soul Man' springs to mind. The issue of homeless people is treated with kindness and humour. And when two of the characters finally get together there are some sexy moments. Marian has added a smattering of sex in this book which makes you want to find that first burst of love all over again.
All of Marians fans will love this book. My life was on hold to the end page and now I feel a little bit lost without the girls to keep me company. Hopefully, we can find out more about their lives in her next book - there's certainly more life left in these characters. Can't wait for the next one Marian - please hurry.
Jan Sullivan
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chick Lit grows up 26 Nov 2000
By A Customer
I've always really rated Marian Keyes's novels; other than whodunits, they are the only popular fiction I regularly read (and re-read) - less bubblegum for the eyes than comfort food with an edge. But in 'Sushi' she has become more than the best of our thirty-someting writers for (primarily) women: she has developed into a leading comic novelist. Fewer one-liners certainly, but more integrated humour. Anyone who can make breakdowns funny deserves respect! Inevitably, it will disappoint those looking simply for 'more of the same', but with 'Sushi' Ms Keyes has proved she has the courage to grow as a popular novelist, and therefore that she has true staying power. I'd be very surprised if this book didn't bring her a new readership, while retaining the majority of her old fans as devoted readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars clever title for a book. 19 Aug 2008
Ok, i wasnt sure about giving this book 3 or 4 stars, but i opted for 4 because the second half of the book was really good. The first half i wasnt sure of because i couldnt stand Lisa or Clodagh. And it was annoying reading their bits, although i loved Ashling all the way through! And Lisa improved greatly towards the end. But Clodagh was a vile pig of a woman. At least with Lisa you could sense a diferent, softer side to her even at her worst, but with Clodagh she was just out for what she could get, and i hated her.

Other brill characters are Joy and Ted, Jack Devine (lush lush!) Kelvin and Trix and Mrs Morley i think her name was, and the new character that came in when Mercedes left the office was hilarious, especially giving Mrs Morley Valium, i was laughing so much at that haha. I didnt like Marcus though. So childish and pathetic, i wanted to punch him, and i felt so sorry for Dylan towards the end of the book. Poor man.

Anyway, others have commented that she dealt with depression too flimsily. But i thought it was ok. You dont have to have something majorly drastic happen to you to be plunged into the black hole. I think Marian herself has dealt with depression so she should know. And the ending was just how i wanted it to be. This book isnt predictable at all, even though i knew who Ashling would end up with, i didnt guess what would happen in most of the other situations. I enjoyed it, not as much as 'Last Chance Saloon' or 'Watermelon' but it was still worth reading. i definately recommend it, just make sure you dont let Lisa and Clodagh get to you too much in the first half of the book!

Oh and, the title was brilliant once i understood what it meant, it was so fitting and romantic! It's just Sushi For Beginners.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
This is one of the best books I've read and I would definitely recommend to anyone. It is funny, entertaining and romantic. Marian Keyes'style of writing reminds me of Helen Fielding's work and one really gets to love the characters!! This book is a real page turner and I was very sorry when I finished it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 21 Nov 2000
By A Customer
I love Marian Keyes! I didn't love this quite as much as 'Last Chance Saloon', but that was so good, it doesn't mean anything bad. Once again, Marian Keyes, in the tradition of Cathy Kelly, focuses on 3 women - this time the subject is womens' mags. WHat is very clever is that Keyes turns a very cliche subject on its head - rather than the cliches you get in Wendy Holden novels (sorry Wendy), Marian steers away from frothy, rich characters. Instead, she deals with a high powered editor having to deal with a small magazine in Ireland - the gap between the editors' ambitions and the tameness of Dublin provides the comedy.
The only thing I didn't like was that this was a bit frothy - actually, a bit like a Marian Keyes crossed with a Wendy Holden. The result is that the characters are hard to take seriously at first, but after 200 pages Marian returns to a darker streak and you feel for them more. The plot is much better too - there are some real surprises and twists and turns here. All in all, a really fantastic read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great and enjoyable read.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and the characters in it. I love all Marian Keyes' books, some books I go and read again years later.
Published 3 days ago by SandraJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 18 days ago by Bunnie
5.0 out of 5 stars another amazing read
Another amazing read!! Jumps, twists ad turns and even hope! Would read again in the future :) Thanks again Marian Keyes
Published 19 days ago by Lizzie
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent read
Another top book from Marian Keyes
Published 27 days ago by Kathryn McNally
3.0 out of 5 stars Sushi for beginners
This is quite a lengthy read, and picking it up over several evenings I would sometimes wonder whether I cared about the characters enough to keep going. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Clare O'Beara
5.0 out of 5 stars Sushi for Beginners
A good holiday read,with all the elements required. Romance, realism,humour and a good ending. It was getting to the end and I didn't want it to end. Will now read another one.
Published 1 month ago by r.frak
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very predictable - I didn't enjoy this book as much as her later work.
Published 2 months ago by Sheila Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down..
Such a great book. Marian is a great writer and knows what the reader wants. It's funny and sad but all in the right places. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emily Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great holiday read
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. Mary Gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Marian Keyes never fails to satisfy ! An amazing book with characters you can't help but fall in love with.
Published 3 months ago by marie
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