Author of the day today is Irish writer Marian Keyes.
Although she often doubts her own epic talents, she’s a fantastic writer whose books are full of warmth, humour and cracking storylines, but sadly (and unfairly) she often seems to get thrown into the ‘chick-lit’ category (as though books aimed at women are bad!). I don’t class her books as chick-lit. Books that tackle death, loss, addiction, domestic violence, rape and other hard-hitting subjects are to me just books attempting to tell a damn good story about life in general. They don’t deserve the derogatory label of chick-lit and it is a derogatory label, almost as if anything in this category is for bubble headed thick types who can’t handle real books…..anyway, at least they can’t put Saved By Cake into the chick-lit category!!
Marian loves her fans and because of that, we love her. She Tweets, holds prize raffles, blogs, writes back to you if you write to her and is so lovely if you are lucky enough to meet her at a book signing/reading. She also loves fashion and beauty and writes lots of lovely beauty columns on her website. But back to the novel writing!
My favourite books (although I love them ALL) are about The Walsh Sisters. There are 5 sisters and they each have a book. The books are funny, brilliant, addictive, fantastically written and each one has been a bestseller. Here they are in order of how much I love them!
1. Rachel’s Holiday – Featuring Rachel Walsh. This is not only my favourite Marian Keyes book but my favourite book of all time. Yes, it’s that good. Read it and I dare you to not fall in love with Luke Costello, or Rachel’s touching story. Sheer brilliance.
2. Anybody out there? – Anna Walsh’s story. If you see the twist coming early, then good for you – it took me awhile and as the penny dropped, I actually gasped out loud to myself and put the book down for a moment to process….
3. Angels – Featuring the oldest sister, Maggie. I love this book because one of the main stars in my beloved City of Angels, LA. I also adore the book because it’s brilliant.
4. The Mystery of Mercy Close – This is the youngest sister’s story – Helen is the prettiest, most sarcastic sister of all but she suffers from debilitating depression…..something Marian can truly write from the heart about.
5. Watermelon – Claire’s story and Marian’s first novel. I do love the book, but I love the others more! It’s still a cracking place to start with the collection.
One reason why I find Marian herself so awesome is because of everything this lady has had to deal with and go through and how she has come out the other side, still smiling (most days), still writing (excellently), and still fighting. She’s battled and won against alcoholism and addiction and even now battles daily with debilitating depression. Did she let it get the better of her? As if she did! Instead of acting on strong and persistent impulses to end her life and instead of going under completely, she made cake (or several hundred). Now, how fantastic is that?!
Why not let yourself be drawn into the world of Marian? If you don’t fancy the Walsh Sisters, she has plenty more offerings – all wonderful, all well worth a read.