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Under The Duvet: Notes on High Heels, Movie deals, Wagon Wheels, Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and other Calamities [Paperback]

Marian Keyes
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4 July 2002
'When people ask me what I do for a crust and I tell them that I'm a novelist, they immediately assume that my life is a non-stop carousel of limos, television appearances hair-dos, devoted fans, stalkers and all the glitzy paraphernalia of being a public figure. It's time to set the record straight. I write alone, in a darkened bedroom, wearing my PJs, eating bananas, my laptop on a pillow in front of me ...' Her novels are read and adored by millions around the world - now read Marian Keyes's collected pieces: regular bulletins from the woman under the duvet.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (4 July 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141007478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141007472
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,791 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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'Her honesty and humour when dealing with the situations she's faced can have you laughing out loud' -- Heat magazine

'Keyes manages to verbalise the most mundane of universal experiences and somehow make them funny...' -- Sunday Tribune

'paints an endearing, hilarious picture of the cosy, crumpled life lived by the reigning queen of contemporary chicklit' -- Hello! Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"'Reading Under the Duvet' is not unlike, well, reading under the duvet. It is warm, comfortable and a little naughty..." Highbury and Islington Express --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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When people ask me what I do for a crust and I tell them that I'm a novelist, they immediately assume that my life is a non-stop carousel of limos, television appearances, hair-dos, devoted fans, stalkers and all the glitzy paraphernalia of being a public figure. Read the first page
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I bow before greatness! 31 Dec 2001
I expected to hate this book. I geared myself up for throwing it aside and swearing at Marian for publishing "a collection of articles" instead of the meaty novels that I love to immerse myself in. So annoyed was I when I heard Under The Duvet was not a novel that I resolutely swore not to buy it in the usual frenzy in the bookshop way I usually buy Ms. Keyes' books and waited for my sister to buy me it for Christmas and even then, still being the huffy so and so I am, I refused to read it until a stomach bug laid me low and I was bored senseless with Christmas TV. I laughed outloud, I cried, I read it too fast, I fell in love with Marian Keyes ability to write all over again. As a journalist and wannabe writer, I am in awe. Marian Keyes is so like me, her obsession with shoes, her longing for a baby, her husband who thinks she is a human radar for his lost property... it all rings so true. The humour was evident, but perhaps the most powerfully written article in this book is the tale of Marian's own struggle with alcoholism, culminating in an attempt on her life. She is proof that everyone can make it. So after reading this book, I emerged from under my duvet (stomach bug gone) and have decided to start writing again.
Do not let the fact that this is not a novel stop you from buying it, buy it now, and buy it for your friends. Its funny, its moving, its for a good cause.
Roll on the next book, whatever form it may take.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny stuff with a few surprises 13 Oct 2003
I'd heard great things about Marian Keyes before reading this so was hoping this book would be worth the price of the magazine it came free with(!) I was not disappointed. Keyes is a funny, funny woman and Under the Duvet had me laughing like a drain! I don't often actually laugh out loud when reading but it was hard not too when Keyes writes about otherwise boring everyday things with such creativity and humour.
The book is put together in a series of short chapters making it ideal to flick though and dip in and out of. So much of what she says rings true in particular 'A Quiet Millennium Night In' and how irritating News Years Eve can be.
I was surprised to find this book to contain quite a serious and thought provoking chapter about Keyes and her spiral into alcoholism. I didn't expect that in a book that is so obviously meant to be lighthearted, but it is an inspiring chapter and interesting to read how she overcome her problems.
If you have read books by Marian Keyes before or even if you haven't, I think most people would enjoy this book and find at least one chapter they can relate too.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read 20 Feb 2002
By A Customer
I don't normally like a book full of short stories but I really enjoyed 'Under The Duvet', the way Marian Keyes writes and the Irish phrases she uses made me laugh on a miserable winter's morning commuting to work. I particularly liked the piece about being scared of dogs and read it to my boyfriend to prove I am not the only one with this irrational fear. Can't wait until the next book
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 6 Nov 2009
I read Under the Duvet in one go on a long train journey.
(Looking back, I now realise fellow pasengers must have wondered what I was giggling about.)
The book is NOT a novel, but a collection of magazine articles written over the years by Ms Keyes who, incredibly, writes in an Irish accent. How does she do that?
The legion of Keyes fans will enjoy finding more about the author and her life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where do I start? 12 Sep 2008
By Zara
I have read this collection of short works by Marian Keyes so many times that I've lost count now. It's a great little book to keep by the bed so you can read a couple of pieces without wondering what's going to happen next, unlike most Keyes books which I find almost impossible to put down. Her writing is just so funny and observant. A lot of the pieces of journalism had already been published although I hadn't read them before, but some new ones were penned especially for this collection. I particularly liked Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles - a hilarious ancedote of Marian's trip to LA LA land. It had me in fits of laughter. Another winner!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book people can relate to 17 Aug 2008
I was sceptical about buying this after reading some negative reviews - but i loved it. Easy to dip in and out of, and alot of her tales people can laugh along with because it's happened to them. I was also very touched to learn about Marian's previous alcohol problems as i had no idea! Now i can see why she writes about it so well in her novels.
Anyway, goood book that i would recommend to fans of Marian Keyes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thoroughly enjoyable read! 9 Dec 2002
This book was one of the funniest I have read in a long time. The kind of book that has you sniggering to yourself on public transport and receiving funny looks from fellow commuters. I especially enjoyed the Irish phrases, perhaps thanks to my own Irish heritage, but I'm sure enjoyable for all. I knew it was a collection of previously published articles when I bought it, and enjoyed it for what it was: a collection of down to earth, witty tales based around everyday experiences. If I was ever going to take up writing, I would turn to this book for guidance. A great read!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I waited with "pre-ordered" bated breathe until this book was available. Unfortunately, it was not up to Marian Keyes normal calibre of writing. Rather than combining articles and short stores, I would recommend sticking to novels where we get to know and enjoy the characters and situations. It still has pride on the bookshelf with all the other Marian Keyes books (which I truly adore), but I would recommend any of her other books first before this one to a friend who wasn't familiar with her work.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun reading
Funny light hearted and Marian Keyes as a.aways at her best. Laughed the whole way through. Would highly recommend this book .
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Marian Keyes is the best.
Wonderful read. Being able to dip in and have a laugh in a few minutes so priceless! I would highly recommend this book.
Published 7 months ago by jean
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
Not as good as sister books needs more humor and interesting subjects it is repetitive I like idea short stories
Published 8 months ago by Maria Crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars great reading for those spare 5 minutes.
Wonderful short stories in her very own appealing style. This is the only Marion Keyes book I've ever been able to put down.
Published 10 months ago by Spend Thrift
3.0 out of 5 stars Funny book
Found it very funny, but wasn't as enthralled as I am usually with one of Marian Keyes novel's. A good read all the same.
Published 11 months ago by Joanne Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny & Honest
Excellent, a very funny, very honest read that made me feel more normal. Will dip into it from time to time in the future, having read it through in one session. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jay Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I so enjoyed reading this book. I mostly read when I am at work on my break so these shorts fit perfect. Most enjoyable to read.
Published 14 months ago by Emma Gibney
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to dip into
If you have read anything else by Marian Keyes (and I strongly recommend that you do) you will know that her style is lighthearted and that she enjoys being a little provocative. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Anne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This is a collection of journalism from Ireland's chick-lit queen. Marian makes me laugh out loud. I loved this and every Marian fan should read it. Super fun!
Published 19 months ago by Celine Doyle
3.0 out of 5 stars Not pure fiction.
I didn't realise that this was a compilation of episodes taken from Marian's life when I bought it. It did however help me to understand the author better.
Published on 6 Dec 2011 by eileenp
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