Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities

Front Cover
Harper Collins, Jan 6, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages

From the acclaimed bestselling author of Sushi for Beginners and Angels comes a collection of personal essays on shopping, writing, moviemaking, motherhood and all the assorted calamities involved in being a savvy woman in the new millennium.

Her novels are read and adored by millions around the world, and with Under the Duvet, Marian Keyes tackles the world of nonfiction. These are her collected pieces: regular bulletins from the woman writing under the covers.

Marian loves shoes and her LTFs (Long-Term Friends), hates realtors and lost luggage, and she once had a Christmas office party that involved roasting two sheep on a spit, Moroccan-style. She's just like you and me ...

Featuring a wide compilation of Marian's journalism from magazines and newspapers, plus some exclusive, previously unpublished material, Under the Duvet is bursting with funny stories: observations on life, in-laws, weight loss, parties and driving lessons that will keep you utterly gripped -- either wincing with recognition or roaring with laughter.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - r0ckcandy - LibraryThing

I collection of short stories and essays. I appreciated the humor, especially the part when she writes about attracting the loonies on the bus. It happens to me all the time so I can relate. Read full review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - Jacey25 - LibraryThing

Marian Keyes is as deliciously fun & interesting when talking about her life as when telling about the lives of her fictional characters; a quick fun bit of fluff to read when you're feeling all girly girl. Read full review

Contents

Get That Dustbin Out of My Relationship Corner
150
Too Fast to Live Too Young to Garden
155
Driving Along in My Automobile
160
Reversing Around Corners
165
The Pissed Is a Foreign Country They Do Things Differently There
171
Twelve Months
182
Sackcloth Ashes and the Gym
184
Have You the Green Food Coloring?
189

Mind Body Spirit and Shoes
56
Imeldas and How to Spot Them
58
Does My Base Chakra Look Big in This?
61
Botox and Other Miracles
68
Hope Springs Eternal
75
What Color Is Your Aura?
80
Friends and Family
86
Till Debt Us Do Part
90
You Can Run but You Cant Hide
96
Bah Givvus a Humbug
101
Himself Is a Hooligan
106
Push
111
Rapunzel Rapunzel Throw Down Your Hair Dryer
116
A Prince Among Dogs
121
Now Is the Time for All Little Brothers to Come to the Aid of the Party
126
All GrownUp
132
Ten Housework Laws for Men
134
Gilt Trip
136
The Agony and the Ecstasy but Mostly the Agony
140
Scarlet Pimpernel Construction
145
Thanks Mam
194
Times Arrow
198
Feeling Sheepish
203
Happy Christmas Form an Orderly Queue
208
A Quiet Millennium Night In
213
Both Sides of the Irish Sea
220
Swinging London
222
Do You Know the Bus Stop in Kilkenny?
229
The Early Bird Catches the Host on the Hop
234
Psycho Magnet
239
Slacking Off Is Hard to Do
244
Cheaper Than Prozac but Is It Good for You?
250
Thats Me Away
256
Beside the Seaside
258
The Lucky Suitcase
263
Passport Out of Here
269
Aerodrama
275
Nam Flashbacks
280
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 99 - It was one of those things that seemed like a good idea at the time.
Page 77 - ... not have agreed to sell to Mr. Morgan, nor would I have executed the deed. I depended entirely on what Mr. Morgan wrote me about Clarence and his connection with the property. It was satisfactory to me to let Clarence have it and do what he pleased with it, but if he wasn't interested in it any more I thought I might as well get what I could out of it. Of course I had no intention of selling Clarence's buildings to Mr. Morgan, but I didn't know there were any buildings left on the property.
Page 9 - Yes, but apart from that, Mrs Lincoln, how did you enjoy the play?
Page 70 - It features the revolutionary combination of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent protein and 30 percent fat — what I learned in Home Economics was a balanced diet.
Page 52 - Of course not. That would have been too much to hope for, wouldn't it?

About the author (2004)

Marian Keyes is the author of ten bestselling novels and two essay collections. She lives in Ireland with her husband and their two imaginary dogs.

Bibliographic information