I have never read any of Keyes books before but have had her recommended to me many times. The other week at the library things were very slow and while cleaning discs (they have an amazing machine the size of a cd player that polishes away the worst scratches; you basically just have to sit there and change the discs every 2-4 minute) I gave her biography a go. Well, I say biography; it's a collection of essays, where of most have been published before in various magazines and the like.
Much to my co-worker's amusement I giggled my way through the book. I really enjoyed her style and her honesty. She reminded me a fair bit of Helen Fielding's Bridget Jones character - but Irish. I loved reading about her tours, her parties, her family and her house. But maybe most of all I appreciated her very honest depiction of her alcoholism. For someone who's been fortunate enough to never experience such a thing even by proxy it gave me a far better insight into how it effects people.
All in all I don't think this was a bad start to Keyes, I'm definitely very much tempted to read something else by her now and more like to do so sooner than later.
Under the Duvet
by Marian Keyes
240 pages / published in 2007
|(read in Danish)
Review by Iben Jakobsen, BoB, 2013