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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: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 395,154 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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'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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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By LD on 31 Dec. 2001
Format: Hardcover
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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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Zara on 12 Sept. 2008
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ms. R. E. Slack on 9 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Feb. 2002
Format: Hardcover
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 By Mrs. Jane P. Mason on 17 Aug. 2008
Format: Paperback
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 By Wizteria on 6 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
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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By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
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. She applies that directly to her writing here and produces an enjoyable collection of miscellaneous writing which is great fun to dip into.

This book is a collection of short writing (mostly pre-published in newspapers) about Marian's life as an author and her personal life. There are articles about research, travelling, house repair and publishing which are short and amusing. Marian has strong views on a lot of things and presents them well and I think that most people would enjoy her writing.

What raises the book to a four star rating is one section of the book in which she writes about her relationship with alcohol. This will come as no surprise to anyone who has read some of her most recent books but it is an article which is in a very different tone to the rest of the book. It is a moving and personal account of alcoholism which is written with very little self-pity. Having read this bit of the book I then saw some of the other, more lighthearted sections in a different way.

An enjoyable collection of writing with one outstanding article. Worth dipping into.
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