This Charming Man

Paperback | June 27, 2017

byMarian Keyes

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Marian Keyes, author of Sushi for Beginners and The Other Side of the Story, explores the quirks of love and life in her international best-seller This Charming Man. 'Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married' But for four women in particular, the big news about the charismatic politician is especially momentous . . . Stylist Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy's marrying - because she's his girlfriend, yet she definitely isn't the bride-to-be . . . Journalist Grace wants the inside story on the de Courcy engagement and thinks Lola holds the key . . . while Grace's sister, Marnie, still can't forget her first love: a certain Paddy de Courcy. And what of the soon-to-be Mrs de Courcy? Alicia will do anything for her fiancé and is determined to be the perfect wife. But does she know the real Paddy? Four very different women. One awfully charming man. And the dark secret that binds them all ... 'The laughs come fast and furious . . . a gripping, compelling tale' Sunday Independent 'Gripping from the start . . . the master at her best' Daily Telegraph 'The queen of page-turners . . . brimming with her trademark down-to-earth wit' Cosmopolitan Marian Keyes's international bestselling novels include Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, and winner of the 2007 Popular Fiction Prize Anybody Out There. Two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available from Penguin.

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Marian Keyes, author of Sushi for Beginners and The Other Side of the Story, explores the quirks of love and life in her international best-seller This Charming Man. 'Everybody remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married' But for four women in particular, the big news about the charismatic po...

Marian Keyes' international bestselling novels include Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story, Anybody Out There, This Charming Man, The Brightest Star in the Sky, The Mystery of Mercy Close and The Woman Who Stole My Life. Three collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet, Fur...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:928 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:June 27, 2017Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0241958482

ISBN - 13:9780241958483

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read by a witty author, not afraid to handle heavy subjects... Made me laugh, made me wonder, made me hope... Characters are oh so human, lovable and detestable... Style of the author keeps you engaged, keeps you guessing... keeps you reading and wanting to read others by her: you never know what you're going to get in a Marian Keyes book: my mission to read them all.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Keyes But Disconcerting This Charming Man is Terrible Terrible Man, makes for some confrontational reading. Not bad writing, by any stretch, but difficult reading. Very sore subject. Is also disconcerting book, in that finished reading and cannot stop thinking like this <<< Lola Daly definite Shovel List material in first Lola section, but strangely addictive and end up loving her storyline. 4 stars because cannot give 4.5 and still have special soft spot for Rachel's Holiday, Lucy Sullivan and Sushi for Beginners. Am off to irritate people in real life, talking at them like this.
Date published: 2013-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from :-) Loved it, again. Read it before but enjoyed it just as much the second time.
Date published: 2013-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A surprise I loved this book. It was darker than I'd expected. I am a fan of Marian Keyes and have yet to read one of her books that I didn't like. She's good at developing her characters and her books are hard to put down.
Date published: 2012-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Funny yet deep. Great book! Highly recommend!
Date published: 2008-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Could not put it down This was the best book I have read in a long time!! after the third chapter I could not put it down and when I was at work I found myself thinking about the characters.
Date published: 2008-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Keyes doesn't disappoint with this book! Next to "Anybody Out There," this one is my fave!
Date published: 2008-09-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard Book to Get Through This is not a typical Marian Keyes book with humor and chick-lit fun but a serious side. This was a massively heavy (both literally (at almost 700 pages) and subject-wise - alcoholism, domestic abuse, sneaky politicians) book that didn't have the normal spark of a Marian Keyes book. While alcoholism has been dealt with before by Marian in her fiction and non-fiction - this is no Rachel's Holiday. It is not fun. It is written from the point of view of several different females and bridged by descriptions of horrible abuse and rapes - we don't who (for sure) is either the perpetrator or the victim until the last part of the book. I recommend all other Marian Keyes books freely and without restraint. I won't be recommending this one without some serious caveats. Plus, the entire section written by Lola is sure to send some people crazy with the half sentences and email feel.
Date published: 2008-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of her best! Though she does explore some very serious issues in this new book, the writing itself is classic Marian Keyes. I thought I would pee my pants over the dialogue amongst the members of the tranny club. I absolutely loved the way Keyes wrote this book, in the short choppy half sentences. Definetly one of my favorite Keyes books.
Date published: 2008-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different But Wonderful Though this is very different from Keye's other work, I have to commend her for tackling very difficult subject matter and still giving me something to laugh about. Many reviewers are giving this book bad reviews because it's not the fluffy chick lit that we have come to expect from Marian Keyes. I think this is one of the books strengths. Keyes is moving away from the chick lit genre and is moving into new territory. It's always a daring thing to do when you have a fan base that expects something from you and has expectations from your work. Either way you tell it, This Charming Man is grim indeed but Keyes gives us something to laugh (and cheer) about in the end. So take a chance. You won't be sorry.
Date published: 2008-06-17
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Your Typical Marian Keyes Novel I was so excited when I was able to get an advance uncorrected proof copy of the newest Marian Keyes. I'm a huge fan of her work and love her quirky sense of humour which changes disasterous situations into funny, and witty occurences. However, I have to admit that I'm not a fan of "This Charming Man". I found this book to be way darker than any of Keyes' previous novels. It touches on many serious subjects from politics, alcoholism, power as well as the issues of sexual and physical abuse. All this is encompassed inand translated through the lives/stories of four women: Lola, Grace, Marnie, and Alicia. Keyes is a recovered alcoholic (as admitted in "Under the Duvet" or "Further Under the Duvet", her collection of articles previously published in the UK papers), which is perhaps why the majority of the story is about alcoholism. While interesting to "see" into the mindset of an alcoholic who refuses to admit she is one, I found the story was really getting to me. Not getting to me in a good way either, but in a "wow, this is really messed up and I'm not sure I want to know where this is going" way. Also I was surprised by the content and descriptive nature of the abuse that took place in the book...never before have I encountered such dark descriptions and actions in any of Marian Keyes' novels. Although her last novel "Anybody Out There" encorporated sad and dark elements, it is nowhere near the complex issues and brutality of "This Charming Man". Granted, Keyes' trademark humour and wit are there in her characters, however I thought this made it harder for me to accept the situations that happen and how the characters choose to deal. I'm not totally down on this book, it had some funny moments. Yet I was bitterly disappointed (especially since the cover looks so sweet and innocent) to discover that it wasn't a fun-loving, joyful, poking-fun-at-human-complexities novel which I have come to expect from Keyes, but instead a dark, writhing novel of societal issues.
Date published: 2008-06-06