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  • Published: 15 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405918763
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $14.99

The Break

A hilarious and insightful tale about a runaway husband from the internationally bestselling writer of smart, funny fiction

At 44 Amy O'Connell thinks she's seen, heard or done it all. Until her husband Hugh announces he needs a break - from her. He is going backpacking for six months round Asia where he can do what he wants - and this is the scary bit - with anyone he wants.

'WTAF?' thinks Amy. What's she to do? Stay loyal to disloyal Hugh? Allow her ex-husband back into her life? Run away herself? And what about the children? A lot can happen in six months. Will Hugh return as the same man? And will she still be the same woman there waiting for him?

  • Published: 15 June 2018
  • ISBN: 9781405918763
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 672
  • RRP: $14.99

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 The Break

Amy's husband Hugh has run away to 'find himself'. But will he ever come back? 'Myself and Hugh . . . We're taking a break.' 'A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?' If only.

from the publisher's description

Hilariously wise


Marian Keyes writes about modern relationships and families with brutal yet endearing honesty, wonderful humour and astonishing acumen

Ruth Hogan, author of The Keeper of Lost Things

There is no finer writer than Marian Keyes and The Break is her at the top of the game; funny, real, with characters that speak to all of us. Only Keyes can combine pathos and humour with such effortless skill, to produce a novel that stays with you long after you've turned the final page

Rowan Coleman, author of The Summer of Impossible Things

I bloody loved it. Many moments of comic genius, empathy and heartbreak. She really is unparalleled when it comes to making serious points with the lightest of touches.

The Pool

I absolutely LOVED The Break - such energy, wit and good humour

Fanny Blake, author and books editor, Woman & Home

One of the most reliably brilliant novelists writing with humour and insight about women's lives, I think Keyes gets better and better

Alice O'Keeffe, The Bookseller

Another belter. Full of brilliantly fun characters, genuine emotion and heaps of charm. We loved it!


Classic Marian Keyes: a blizzard of wit and wisecracks. Mercilessly funny

The Times

Keyes writes extremely well about modern women. A breezy, candid and deeply felt account of a wife, mother and career woman rediscovering herself


Fabulously entertaining. Classic Keyes. The queen of intelligent women's fiction

Sunday Mirror

Underline Keyes' status as an international treasure. The ultimate choice for a binge read


A pleasure. Keyes writes women who are absolutely themselves, even when society tries to insist they be something else

Irish Times

A gripping story with great heart, intensity and wisdom

Sunday Business Post

Hilarious and moving, a zeitgeisty look at how couples splinter or stay together in the face of life's obstacles

Irish Times

Hilariously warm and wonderful


Girl-power at its best. I laughed . . . I cried

Sarah Lawrence, Daily Mail

Marian Keyes's latest novel will have you enraged one moment. Half laughing. Half crying the next. While nodding in recognition


The Break races along with Keyes' trademark energy, lightness of touch and plenty of laughs

Sunday Express

The Break is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest, glorious best

Nina Stibbe

Breathlessly entertaining

Connaught Telegraph

The Break makes me laugh out loud

Tess Daly, Sunday Express

A snappy narrator and a raucous cast of characters make The Break another classic from Marian Keyes

Sunday Express

Involving and beautifully told . . . There's a reason why Marian Keyes is the queen of commercial women's fiction

i Newspaper

There is such a variety of stories and the characters are believable and relatable. She writes funny parts, but then there are those moments that knock you down with sadness

Libby Page, bestselling author of The Lido, Woman & Home

An addictive book . . . lust and desire is described brilliantly


Cause for celebration . . . An engrossing novel full of wit and warmth. The humour never once detracts from the emotional depth.


Cause for jubilation . . . This proves her to be the reigning queen of British chick lit . . . insightful, funny and poignant

Daily Mail

Fabulously entertaining, classic Keyes . . . a delightful reminder of why best selling Keyes has earned her crown as the queen of intelligent woman's fiction

The People

September's best pulse-quickening pager-turner. Marian Keyes at her most classic and brilliant best


The ultimate choice . . . filled with the author's signature themes, think turbulent relationships, tricky families and the need for self-belief. Keyes' [is] an international treasure


Praise for Marian Keyes

A total triumph

Daily Mail

Funny but poignant

Marie Claire

Gloriously funny

The Sunday Times

Not only is it a great story with funny, loveable characters, it made me laugh out loud


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