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  • Published: 2 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781405918787
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $22.99

Grown Ups

An absorbing page-turner from Sunday Times bestselling author Marian Keyes

Playtime is over as Marian's Sunday Times No. 1 blockbuster comes out in paperback


Married to brothers Johnny, Ed and Liam Casey.
Three very different women tied to three very different men.
Every family occasion is a party - until the day the secrets spill out.


  • Published: 2 February 2021
  • ISBN: 9781405918787
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $22.99

About the author

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes was born in Limerick in 1963, and brought up in Cavan, Cork, Galway and Dublin. She studied law and accountancy before turning to writing. Her first novel Watermelon was published in Ireland in 1995, where it was an immediate, runaway success. Marian Keyes is now one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time and is published in thirty nine different languages. She lives in Dún Laoghaire with her husband Tony.

Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story and Anybody Out There. Her two collections of journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available in Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.



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Praise for Grown Ups

Praise for Marian Keyes


Mercilessly funny

The Times

Clever, hilarious, poignant . . . Gloriously funny

Sunday Times

Wildly funny, romantic and nearly impossible to put down

Daily Mail

Full of darkness and light, this is Keyes at her classic and most brilliant best


Classic Marian Keyes: a blizzard of wit and wisecracks

The Times

Full of brilliantly funny characters, genuine emotion and heaps of charm


Fabulously entertaining. The queen of intelligent women's fiction

Sunday Mirror

When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own

Daily Express

Glorious, life-affirming

Woman & Home

Keyes writes extremely well about modern women. Candid and deeply felt


Hilariously wise


There is no finer writer than Marian Keyes

Rowan Coleman

Keyes is an international treasure. The ultimate choice for a binge read


She really is unparalleled when it comes to making serious points with the lightest of touches

The Pool

Brutal yet endearing honesty, wonderful humour and astonishing acumen

Ruth Hogan

Keyes writes about women who are absolutely themselves, even when society tries to insist they are something else

Irish Times

Everything this woman touches turns to comic gold


Marian's glorious, warm-hearted wit is always guaranteed to make me laugh on the very first page

Liane Moriarty

Marian Keyes is back with a witty and dramatic story about the Caseys, a family who seem perfect on the surface but hold some big secrets between them. When one of them starts to spill the truth after suffering concussion, things start to unravel in hilarious ways

Good Housekeeping

Sensitive, funny, wonderful, immensely touching

Nigella Lawson

Happy making with glorious wit

Helen Lederer

I LOVED Grown Ups so much. It's SUCH a treat. I felt like I was rolling in PURE JOY throughout. The cleverest cream cake of words

Caitlin Moran

THIS BOOK. Reader, I LOVED it. Funny & thoughtful & such brilliantly drawn characters I am genuinely bereft that my time with them is over. And it tackles some REALLY important issues with immense sensitivity & insight

Hannah Beckerman

Marian Keyes's gift for storytelling is utterly magnificent. I feel like I've met every single character in this book. I may even be a character in this book. Nobody nails chaotic families like Marian

Liz Nugent

It is charming, funny and poignant. But also profound, heartbreaking. If you already love Marian, this is her best yet. If you haven't read her, this is the one

Nina Stibbe

Magnificently messy lives, brilliantly untangled. Funny, tender and completely absorbing!

Graham Norton

I loved every word of Grown Ups. I will be missing those gorgeous vibrant characters for many weeks to come. There should be a word to describe the sadness and satisfaction you feel when you read the last page of a Marian Keyes novel: the ending is perfect but you still want more, more, more

Liane Moriarty

This beauty of a book just took the crown as my new favourite Marian Keyes novel (and that is a HIGH bar). It's tender, hilarious, important, with characters who feel as real as your own family by the time you're done. I put it down and felt bereft

Beth O'Leary

We've heard whispers that this could be the much-loved author's best novel yet

Cosmopolitan, 2020s Biggest Books

The irresistible tale of an enviably glamorous family forced to confront itself

Daily Mail, Top Picks of 2020

A family drama, where a concussion causes a spilling of secrets with amusing results

Irish Tatler, Top Picks of 2020

A new book from the witty Irish novelist. When Cara Casey suffers concussion, she starts spilling the secrets of her glamorous, talented family. All is not as it seems

The Times, Ones to watch in 2020

Smart, savvy and very funny, Keyes takes the pulse of the nation while simultaneously tickling its funny bone

RTE Guide

A novel that is warm and witty but never afraid to tackle the big stuff

Elizabeth Day, Mail on Sunday

A brilliant bunch of flawed individuals, all battling to understand themselves and those around them. Definitely worth devouring this year! What a treat

Giovanna Fletcher

No one knows better than Marian Keyes what it's like trying to be a grown up in modern Ireland. Keyes is on top form as ever, and this delightful book will warm those cold winter bones


The latest novel from the beloved Irish author, Grown Ups delves into the Casey family whose secrets start to spill after one member gets concussed

Evening Standard, Books to look forward to in 2020

Tackling the realities of modern-day consumerism, Keyes' new book Grown Ups is the story of three brothers and their families written with her usual deft mix of witty storytelling and delicate touchpoint topics. It's brilliant so read it


The queen of the classy comfort read returns with this warm, wise and witty family saga which asks what really lies behind the happiest of facades

i Paper, Books of 2020

She's only gone and done it again! I love Marian Keyes' books with a passion and now she's got a fabulous new one on the way! Brilliant as ever

Jane Fallon

A new Keyes is always cause for celebration. The wit and warmth of her words in her 14th novel tell the story of the Caseys, a supposedly perfect family, torn apart by a careless remark at a birthday party

Grazia, Ones to watch in 2020

Messy, tangled complex humans who reminded me that few of us ever really sort out our lives at all

Jojo Moyes

Marian Keyes shows superb skill at tackling tough themes in this tale of a clan with secrets. Grown Ups is a warm-hearted, wise and highly entertaining portrayal of how families behave; and of the love and tolerance required to sustain our closest relationships

Hannah Beckerman, Observer

Marian Keyes is back and all is right with the world. No one mixes humour and heartbreak quite like Marian


A new novel by Marian Keyes is always cause for celebration, and this latest is a corker. By the end you'll definitely feel part of the family

Mail Online

This has the ingredients of the best of Keyes: great characters, laughs and poignancy. Keyes brilliantly captures that feeling of never quite being a grown-up, no matter your age

Good Housekeeping

Funny, thought-provoking and will get you right in the feels


Keyes at her best: capturing everyday voices with humour and empathy with writing that you'll devour in a weekend. Just pure and simple joy.


Immersive... I absolutely loved it!

Jill Mansell

Grown Ups is perfection. Smart, dark, layered. Her best yet!

Gillian McAllister

A heartening, pacey read


A hilarious read


Promises themes of love and family, all bound together with Keyes' trademark humour

Harrow Times

Grown Ups is big-hearted and entertaining, dark, funny and hugely empathetic

Daily Express

Comic, convincing and true. Grown Ups has an almost Austenesque insight into character. Keyes knows how to make serious issues relatable - and get a few grownup laughs, too


Bursting with wit and compassion. Grown ups is as alive, complicated and chaotic as any real-life family, evoking extraordinary tenderness, pain and humour.

Francesca Steele, inews

Comic, convincing and true. The warmth and empathy of Keyes's writing shine through this tale of family secrets revealed.

Katy Guest, Guardian

Her most ambitious work. Delightful, bursting with wit and compassion


Her books are humorous and have the quality of a warm bath

The Times

Chuck envy, illicit passion and financial pressures into the pot and soon this carefully constructed broth is simmering to the boil

Cornish Times

A funny and thoughtful read


The queen of fiction has launched another blockbuster. I couldn't put this book down

The Echo (Cork)

The absolute queen of astute, moving and cracking-good-fun contemporary fiction returns

The Sun

Marian Keyes nails the zeitgeist while handling a huge cast of characters with aplomb

Express and Star

Up there with her best

Sunday Express

Dazzlingly brilliant

Dereham Times

Brilliant as ever


Marian's chatty style pulls readers in with warmth, wit and high drama

The Sunday Times Online

A book that will make you laugh out loud, get choked up, and be very annoyed when you get to the end and have to say goodbye to all these characters. Marian's storytelling skills make you care deeply about each and every one of them

The Sun Online

Rejoice! Marian's back with her best book yet! An absolutely brilliant story with a very powerful emotional punch


A witty and compassionate story of modern life and relationships


An entertaining, sharp read that peels back the layers and nuances which shape the realities of family life and being an adult. Humorous, heart-warming and relatable


It's everything you could want in a Keyes book - funny, warm, tender and a complete page turner

The Handbook

Funny and moving, with an acute eye for family foibles

Ian Rankin, bestselling author of the John Rebus thrillers

You may have written the best book of your career

Chris Evans, Virgin Radio

Marian Keyes manages to wrap family dynamics, female angst, good jokes and serious stuff into a really appealing form

Woman's Own Magazine

It's a page-turner you won't be able to put down

The Sunday Post

Funny, clever and hilarious and the rest, an epic tale of an epic family, the Caseys

RTE Guide

A fabulous account of family and secrets, calling into question how civilised and "grown up" any of us actually are

Glamour UK

Packed with emotional turmoil, but is light on her trademark wry wit and acerbic humour


Keyes touches on the difficulties of broken relationships; eating disorders; emotional insecurity and other weighty subjects with her trademark humour and lightness of touch

Connaught Telegraph

Our Marian is back! And Grown Ups is one of her best yet, creating another memorable family saga


A fabulous account of family and secrets

Glamour UK

Brilliantly plotted family saga

Tracy Thorn, New Statesman

A warm-hearted and wise tale of a family in trouble. Packed full of sharp observations and laugh-out-loud lines


A sharp satire of family dynamics and the trappings of wealth. It is a delicious thing - light and dark at once, full of acid observations and warmth, and fully attuned to the absurdities of familial life

The Gentleman's Journal

Her writing is a lovely mixture of funny and perceptive and bittersweet

Cressida Cowell

An entertaining story of family dynamics packed with vibrant characters, humour and empathy

The Sunday Times

The strength of this book lies in its relatability factor - I laughed, cried, nodded in recognition and laughed again

Irish News

A book to fall into and while away hours with

Writers Online

Shines a light on the frustrations and gripes of family life, while inviting us to laugh at the petty reality of it all

London Living

A fabulous account of family and secrets, calling into question how civilised and "grown up" any of us actually are

Glamour UK

A sharp, wry tale about a seemingly happy family with contemporary problems . . . despite the traumas, you'll whizz through it with a smile on your face

Oxfordshire Limited Edition

A delightful and insightful examination of the modern family

Holly Bourne, Beastmag

Her novels tackle hard subjects with such humour and warmth its impossible not to be drawn in

Jane Harper, Daily Mail

Laughter and tears intertwine, as ever, in the latest from our leading chronicler of the emotional messiness of contemporary life


Another high-definition family comedy. An intoxicating, effervescent and warm look at modern life


Marian Keyes has an unparalleled talent for making you howl with laughter, nod in recognition and think at the same time

Sam Baker, Good Housekeeping

Funny, thought-provoking and hitting you right in the feels, Marian Keyes does it again

Red Online

I loved this complex family drama . . . Keyes nails every character she touches while keeping it all so relevant

Jamie Klingler, iNews

Always brilliant - and brilliantly funny


Keyes's captivating 14th novel tackles difficult issues with a sparkling style that makes it impossible to put down

Daily Mail

Keyes's latest novel might just be her greatest . . . Subtle, sophisticated storytelling


Her writing just gets better and better . . . Grown Ups is funny and clever in the way it tackles addiction and eating disorders and the hurly burly of family life

Waitrose Weekend

This is vintage Keyes

The Times

Grown Ups is big-hearted and entertaining, a dark, funny and empathetic exploration of a dysfunctional family and the loving ties that bind them together

Sunday Express

A publishing sensation

Daily Express

There are few fiction writers today with as much verve and sense of independence as Marian Keyes

Daily Telegraph

A wonderful story, filled with heartbreak, empathy and Keyes's trademark humour . . . You'll laugh, cry, and might even have your heart broken, but it's definitely worth it


At times heart-warming, at other times heartbreaking . . . This highly entertaining book is frustratingly hard to put down and can be easily devoured over a weekend

Daily Express

Keyes is so ambitious, funny and compassionate it's no wonder so many adore her writing

i '40 Books for the Summer'

Marian Keyes is the most wonderful writer. She just gets better and better. She is a writer who believes in the best of us. She shows people's foibles but she also shows the love that binds us together in a very real way

Richard Osman

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