Marian Keyes

 

Engrossing, illuminating and inspiring works of fact and fiction.

 

 

The Irish author of bestsellers including The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There and This Charming Man trained as a lawyer, but took up a career in fiction in 1995, when an string of unpublished short stories led to an agent's suggestion that she try a full-length novel instead. The result was Watermelon, which garnered awards in Ireland and the U.K., and set the author down the path to become one of the most beloved and widely read chroniclers of modern life and romance. On the occasion of her new novel The Brightest Star in the Sky, we asked Marian Keyes to share with us her own favorite reading.

 

Books by Marian Keyes

 

 

 

 


 

Behind the Scenes at the Museum

By Kate Atkinson

 

"An amazing book, which survives repeated rereading. Ruby tells the story of her life from conception and earlier, exploring complex family relationships, births, weddings, divorce, death, secrets and lies. It's engrossing, moving, and her facility with language is a joy. Though her themes are complex, the writing is so deft and assured that she just sweeps the reader along. A great, great book and a great, great read."

 

 


 

The Beauty Myth

By Naomi Wolf

 

"Although this was first published in 1990 I didn't read it until a couple of years ago, when I found myself reclaiming my inner feminist. The Beauty Myth acknowledges that women may have been freed from the kitchen and from the tyranny of being perfect homemakers, but were almost immediately reslaved, this time by the requirement to look young and beautiful. Wolf details, chapter by chapter, the massive rise in anorexia since the second wave of feminism drove into the sand, the billions of dollars spent annually on beauty products, the objectification of women in advertising. I cried with realisation and rage and despair."

 

 


 

Wolf Hall

By Hilary Mantel

 

"The winner of this year's Booker Prize -- sexy, gripping, dark and oh, so good. Set in Tudor times, it tells the story of Henry VIII's divorce from Katherine of Aragon from the point of view of Thomas Cromwell. And what an incredible character Mantel has created -- a ruthless, charming, clever, machinator. I believe she's working on a sequel. I can't wait."

 

April 24: "[The HST] lifted a curtain from our view of the universe, changing it so profoundly that no human can look at the stars in the same way..."

Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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Books, CDs, DVDs to know about now
In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.