February Times+ book club: Marian Keyes

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Our February online book club was with literary superstar Marian Keyes. Marian discussed her number one selling novel Grown Ups along with her wider body of work with journalist Hattie Crisell. This event took place on Thursday, February 25, 2021. 

In her highly-acclaimed and much-loved fourteenth novel Grown Ups, Marian turns her attention to the very issue of what it means to be a grown up in the modern  world and explores what happens when people just don’t behave like them.  Introducing a cast of pitch perfect characters and exploring themes such as blended families, intergenerational relationships, mid-life bulimia and the refugee crisis,  Grown Ups is a novel essential for our times and it is Marian Keyes at her wisest and wittiest. Caitlin Moran described it as  “such a treat. I felt like I was reading the cleverest cream cake of words.”  

Marian Keyes: Is an internationally bestselling literary superstar,  writing hilarious, heart-warming fiction about modern women in the modern world for over 25 years. From the glass ceiling, relationships on a ‘break’ and sibling rivalry to addiction, depression and domestic violence, Marian has brought her unique brand of  brilliance, compassion and humour to the most difficult subjects, and to the more light-hearted. She is author of Watermelon, Rachel’s Holiday, This Charming Man and The Break.

Her two collections of journalism, Making it up as I Go Along and Under the Duvet: Deluxe Edition are also available from Penguin. Since the start of the year, Marian has been chair of judges for the Comedy Women in Print prize, and her BBC Radio 4 series Between Ourselves became an instant success. The news series of Between Ourselves starts on February 18 at 6.30pm for 4 parts.

Hattie Crisell is a freelance journalist. She was previously the acting fashion editor of The Times, and has also contributed to Vogue, The New York Times, Elle and Grazia. On her podcast In Writing with Hattie Crisell, she discusses the writing process with guests that have included Curtis Sittenfeld, Jon Ronson, Wendy Cope and Charlie Brooker, as well as Times writers Hugo Rifkind, Andrew Billen and Sathnam Sanghera.