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  • Published: 16 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241441152
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $34.99

My Favourite Mistake

How do you start again, after losing everything? Find out in the global no. 1 bestseller's latest heartstopper...

Anna Walsh had a dream life - according to everybody else.
She lived in New York, had a long-term boyfriend, and had The Best Job In The World working as a highly successful beauty PR.
So why did she decide to take a flamethrower to the lot?
Because now she's back Dublin, living with her parents. She's undeniably forty-eight, with no partner, no job, and no direction.
Anna's lost her purpose. She needs a new challenge to help her fall back in love with life again.
When an opportunity arises to solve a PR crisis in the tiny town of Maumtully, Anna leaps at the chance.
But will the appearance of an old love interest derail her plans?

  • Published: 16 April 2024
  • ISBN: 9780241441152
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 608
  • RRP: $34.99

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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 My Favourite Mistake


Delightfully funny

Daily Telegraph

No other author marries heartbreak and hilarity so seamlessly

Mail on Sunday

Funny, heartbreaking and so wise

Daily Mail

Her particular gift is the ability to settle the reader into a comfortable seat, then carry them to the darkest places; to make serious things funny - and moving

The Times


Gillian McAllister

Sensitive, funny, wonderful, immensely touching

Nigella Lawson

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


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

Graham Norton

Warm, witty and wise - a joy to read


A gorgeous, gorgeous novel - devastating and hilarious in turn, warm and wise and full of surprises and welcome familiar faces. Marian Keyes at her inimitable best

Jennifer Saint

Furiously funny and stealthily profound. There’s so much depth, but reading it made me feel happier and lighter than I have in ages – it’s sexy, smart, wise, touching and fun

Daisy Buchanan

A great, big mystery romance that will make you laugh on every page. A marvel

Catherine Newman

I raced through My Favourite Mistake. I was pulled in by the story, held by the authenticity of the characters and so seen by Marian’s portrayal of women in all their complex flaws. Her total lack of sentimentality and sharp humour sealed the deal. How lucky we are to have Marian Keyes! This a fantastic book. Hugely entertaining, moving, hilarious and just so refreshingly honest on women in middle age. I adored it

Annie MacManus

A joyous read from start to finish

Cariad Lloyd

Explodes with joyful humanity on every page

Sara Pascoe

You are all in for a treat. My Favourite Mistake is by turns hilarious and heart-breaking, with a very satisfying mystery at the heart of it too

Elly Griffiths

A new Marian Keyes novel is always a special treat, especially when we are reunited with the Walsh family


Funny, heart-breaking and wise. Adored it

Daily Mail

Warmhearted and deftly plotted page-turner. A celebration of kindness: that of family and friends

Sunday Telegraph

Matching trauma with humour is Keyes’s trademark. She is so good at upping the tension in will they/won’t they scenarios, keeping the characterisation rich and the jokes frequent. She somehow keeps it both light and intensely important at the same time


A great read from this much-love author


We love Marian for her humour, relatable style and wisdom - all of which are present here. A big-hearted read full of big feelings

Woman & Home

No one does the minutiae of life like Keyes


A new Marian Keyes book is always something to savour, especially when it features the Walshes. Hilarious, warm and very moving


A beguiling blend of hijinks, heartbreak and happiness

The Mail on Sunday

Keyes is a powerhouse. My Favourite Mistake is not just a fizzy romantic comedy, but also a piece of social commentary. Her protagonist’s voice is crystal cut with observations about gentrification, sexism and an economic system that tells women they are nothing without expensive serums and Peloton machines

The Sunday Times

My Favourite Mistake is brilliant the characters are so brutally honest, vulnerable, funny and flawed. I loved it

Jane Fallon

A big-hearted read full of big feelings, humour, relatable style and life-affirming wisdom. We'd expect nothing less from this much-loved writer'

Woman's Weekly

The biggest treat. I've laughed, I've blushed and I've cried. How does Marian do it? Just a beautiful, hopeful story

Jennie Godfrey

What heaven . . . wish it could go on forever

Nigella Lawson

Keyes’s prose whisks you through her tales — she has an instantly endearing turn of phrase and an acute sense of comic timing

The Times

Profoundly in touch with sadness and vulnerability. If there's a message, it's that we must forgive one another for past mistakes and be less brutal towards our lost, scatty younger selves


Unbelievable…so much talent

Chris Evans

Funny and moving and very sexy

Liz Nugent

Funny, warm, pacy, honest and outrageous

Nina Stibbe

Another classic read from Marian Keyes – we loved!


Much to love . . . eye-wateringly comical. Will win something . . . long overdue in snootier literary quarters: respect


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