My Favourite Mistake (Hardback)
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My Favourite Mistake (Hardback)

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Published: 11/04/2024
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The superstar author of the Rachel novels delivers a hilarious and affecting standalone story about another of the Walsh sisters - Anna, who trades the high life in Manhattan for a small Irish coastal town and the allure of an old flame. 

Anna has just lost her taste for the Big Apple…

She has a life to envy. An apartment in New York. A well-meaning (too well-meaning?) partner. And a high-flying job in beauty PR. Who wouldn’t want all that?

Anna, it turns out.

Trading a minor midlife crisis for a major life event, she switches the skyscrapers of Manhattan for the tiny Irish town of Maumtully (population 1,217), helping old friends Brigit and Colm set up a luxury coastal retreat.

Tougher than it sounds. Newflash: the locals hate the idea. So much so, there have been threats – and violence.

Anna, however, worked in the beauty industry. There’s no ugliness she hasn’t seen. No wrinkle she can’t smooth over.

There’s just one fly in the ointment – old flame Joey Armstrong. He’s going to be her wingman. Never mind their chequered history. Never mind what might have been.

Because no matter how far you go, your mistakes will still be waiting for you...

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241441145
Number of pages: 608
Weight: 659 g
Dimensions: 225 x 145 x 39 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

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

What heaven . . . wish it could go on forever - Nigella Lawson

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

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

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

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

Funny and moving and very sexy - Liz Nugent

Unbelievable…so much talent - Chris Evans

Explodes with joyful humanity on every page - Sara Pascoe

Funny, warm, pacy, honest and outrageous - Nina Stibbe

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

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 beguiling blend of hijinks, heartbreak and happiness - The Mail on Sunday

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

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

Funny, heart-breaking and wise. Adored it - Daily Mail

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

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 read from this much-love author - Prima

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 - i

A joyous read from start to finish - Cariad Lloyd

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

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

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

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

No one does the minutiae of life like Keyes - i

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 - Independent

Another classic read from Marian Keyes – we loved! - Closer

PRAISE FOR MARIAN KEYES - :

Delightfully funny - Daily Telegraph

No other author marries heartbreak and hilarity so seamlessly - Mail on Sunday

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

Funny, heartbreaking and so wise - Daily Mail

Perfection - 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 - Stylist

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

Warm, witty and wise - a joy to read - Sun

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Hardback

“The Walsh family return!”

The continuing saga of the delightfully eccentric Walsh family. This time it is Anna, penultimate youngest of the five daughters.

Anna has the best job in the world, a job that her sisters love, working for... More

Hardback edition
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“My Favourite New Book!”

Marian Keyes has once again written a beautiful embrace in book form; My Favourite Mistake is spellbinding.
Newcomers to Keyes’ writing will be hooked by the immensely relatable story filled with loveable characters... More

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Kev McCready

“Make no mistake”

My Favourite Mistake by Marian Keyes:

It was my wife who introduced me to Marian Keyes. Not literally, but that would be nice. She is a better novelist than anyone gives her credit for. I mean, she is already a... More

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