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Anybody Out There (walsh sisters) Paperback – 2 Aug 2012

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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (2 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241959349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241959343
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.8 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (347 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 790,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Keyes...breathes new life into chick lit...[she] cuts down on the froth but leaves the fun and romance intact."--New York magazine

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Dubliner Anna is the fourth of five Walsh sisters who seems to have it all - gorgeous husband Aidan, an apartment in Manhattan and The Best Job In The World. So it's not surprising she doesn't want to stay for long in her parents' Good Front Room in Blackrock, where there's nothing to do but watch the antics of her sister Helen who spends most of her time hiding in bushes with binoculars trying to catch errant spouses 'at it'.

Anna doesn't wait too long before heading back to her life in New York - her ridiculous mandatory work wardrobe and gut-clenching Monday Morning Meetings, the city of eight minute speeding dating, the Labradoodle and Feathery Strokers.

Back in Manhattan Anna sees Aidan everywhere - walking down the street and passing by in a bus - so why won't he return her calls or emails?

Meanwhile, Helen's professional life becomes weirder than fiction when she gets entangled in the Dublin criminal underworld and is charged with spying on Mrs Big and Racey O'Grady. And who is the old lady encouraging her dog to do 'his business' outside the Walsh house? And how far is Mammy Walsh willing to go to put a stop to it?

One thing's for sure, when the Walsh women get together there's no telling how things will turn out…

Hold onto your handbags for the new Marian Keyes! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
It was with great surprise and delight that I spotted this, on 19th February in Leeds Bradford Airport; the best holiday read one could wish for.
Marian is the queen of chick lit and in my opinion her best novels are about the Walsh family. Anybody Out There? concerns Anna, the fourth daughter and includes a mini, e mail plot involving Helen, the youngest and most eccentric.For the first time since Rachel's Holiday we meet all the girls together again and our curiosity about their lives is well satisfied. Mammy Walsh continues to be absolutely barking and serves up some hysterical one liners in her attempts to steamroller a family wedding. Marian deftly steers an emotional roller coaster
of a plot to a very satisfying conclusion.
It's like a big box of irresisitible chocolates; you gobble it all up as fast as you can then wish you hadn't finished it so quickly!
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In this book, we find out more about Anna, the sister portrayed as a dreamy space cadet in the other books. In this one, she's grown up and not quite the flake she's made out to be. This book deals beautifully with grief and loss, but isn't at all depressing. Very affecting, one of Marian's best. Thorougly recommended.
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This is a perfect beach book. I have read all of Marian Keyes' books and they never disappoint. This book is hilarious, emotional and gripping. The only complaint i have is the embarrassment caused by my outbursts of laughter on the beach. I also had to put it down several times when tears rolled down my cheeks and people started looking at me strangely!

Marian, pleeeease speed-up, i need another "Walsh" fix!
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I was thrilled to find Anybody Out There on sale the other day- I love Marian Keyes and the books about the Walsh sisters are, in my opinion, her best. This book had me crying twice and laughing often; she manages to convey a terrible sense of loss whilst keeping the book humerous and light- I would definately recommend it. Just waiting for the 'Helen' installment of the Walsh saga now!
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I made a bit of an error with this book, the first time that I read it. I loved it, but in order to really appreciate the Walsh family, it's better to start with Rachel's Holiday, then Angels, to get some scene-setting to appreciate this book even more.
It's a shame that Watermelon, Marian Keyes' first Walsh book isn't available on Kindle. I'd love to read that, just to gain some more perspective on the Walsh family.
There's two stories going on here - as with many of her books (usually more than two, as in This Charming Man), Anna - kooky Anna from Rachel's holiday has got her act together and has The Best Job In The World (TM) in New York, but the book starts in Dublin where Anna is recuperating from a dreadful accident.
I don't want to spoil the plot, but Anna's recovery, her search for answers and how she gets ahead of the competition in her job, makes this book (in my opinion) a heartachingly wonderful read. It's a great book.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is another Marian Keyes novel that features the 'Walsh' family. I had previously read 'Watermelon' which introduced me to them, and this time we focus on Anna Walsh. Note: You do not have to have read any of the others to enjoy this book.

In the first part of the book we learn about Anna and how she has to restart her life after an accident and how she cannot find her husband. Keyes weaves a great tale of someone who is desperate but not quite on the edge of despair (living in New York with a powerful job must help in some way) in trying to find her husband. Towards the end of the first part, we find out what happened to Anna's husband, Aidan.

In the following parts of the book, as readers we watch Anna cope with not having her husband now whilst she tries to hold down a job which had me roaring with laughter at the sheer strangeness of this world of PR and especially beauty products. We meet many characters along the way, Narky Joey, Ariella, Jacquie, Mitch who are all important in their own way in helping Anna. What also counts as a second storyline for us as readers and also for Anna as a diversion to what is happening to her, is the email correspondence with her sister Helen and her mother, over Helen's Private Investigating job with a crime lord of Dublin and her mother's obsession with the lady who makes her dog do his toilet outside their front gate for them all to tread in!

Keyes for me kept me turning the pages of this book as it was a diversion to my life but a book that actually dealt with some real emotional issues.
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I love Marian Keyes work and can still remember the thrill after opening Lucy Sullivan is getting married all those years ago but, to me, Anybody Out There just doesnt make the grade. Completely hooked initially - I couldnt put the darn thing down - until you find out what had happened to her and Aidan... Then it kind of gets really boring. Aside from the hilarious emails from sister Helen and her mum, which really make for fantastic reading, the story just seems to stumble on and on - I was waiting for it get going again but sadly it never did. Im a huge crier - have even been known to sniffle at adverts - but though sad, it just wasnt believable enough to get me going! Not the worst thing Ive ever read but certainly not up to standard.
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