Book Review - Making It Up As I Go Along

by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph) ISBN: 9780718181734

This is the third collection of Marian Keyes's articles, after the two Under the Duvet compilations. I enjoy Marian's easy-to-read style, and her humour is contagious. Although, my favourite book is still Rachel's Holiday, I always enjoy reading Marian's work. 

This anthology has some previously publishes as well as some unpublished articles, blogs and diaries as well. The book is split into different sections - from health and beauty through celebrities she has met, her friends and family, and, her travels. The story on how to break up with your hairdresser was funny, as well as the Keyes' health issues Christmas tale. 

My personal favourite in the travel section was her story about when she went to Antarctica...that she felt the most at peace there, even if it was the most freezing place she's ever been to. The way she describes the ship, the activities on it, the feeling she had when seeing the penguins and other wildlife made me feel like I was there with her... 

Amanda Blankfield-Koseff


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The Mystery of Mercy Close

by Marian Keyes (Michael Joseph) ISBN 978-0-718-17681-5


Almost three years after her last book the queen of smart chick lit is back with a wonderful new novel.


This book features two minor players from previous novels, the obnoxious youngest Walsh sister, Helen, the private detective with a knack for stealing her sisters’ clothes and Wayne Diffney, the ‘Wacky One’ from boy band Laddz.  Helen is hired by her ex-boyfriend to find Wayne. He’s gone missing just days before a reunion concert. With times being hard financially, Helen can’t afford to turn him down and she embarks on an eventful investigation of Wayne’s background.


During her search Helen skirts the edge of a mental abyss of overwhelming darkness and fear. She reflects on a previous even darker episode that led her to extreme emotional and financial depths. The more she sees this in perspective the clearer it becomes to her where ‘Wacky’ Wayne can be found.


Apart from her quirky, fun writing style what attracts me most in Marian Keyes’ books is the honesty with which she deals with serious issues like alcoholism, drug addiction, abuse and now depression. She makes it ‘normal’ and shows how these things can creep up on anyone. Her own recent experience with severe depression shines through in this book and touched me deeply.


Josine Overdevest 


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