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

Overview

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...

See more details below
Paperback (First U.S. Edition)
$10.95
BN.com price
(Save 15%)$12.95 List Price
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (108) from $1.99   
  • New (10) from $1.99   
  • Used (98) from $1.99   
Under the Duvet: Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families & Other Calamities

Available on NOOK devices and apps  
  • NOOK Devices
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 NOOK
  • NOOK HD/HD+ Tablet
  • NOOK
  • NOOK Color
  • NOOK Tablet
  • Tablet/Phone
  • NOOK for Windows 8 Tablet
  • NOOK for iOS
  • NOOK for Android
  • NOOK Kids for iPad
  • PC/Mac
  • NOOK for Windows 8
  • NOOK for PC
  • NOOK for Mac
  • NOOK for Web

Want a NOOK? Explore Now

NOOK Book (eBook)
$8.99
BN.com price

Overview

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Featuring a wide compilation of Marian's journalism from magazines and newspapers, plus some exclusive, previously unpublished material, Under the Duvet is bursting with funny stories: observations on life, in-laws, weight loss, parties and driving lessons that will keep you utterly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

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Read these essays in any order you please, encourages Irish novelist Keyes (Sushi for Beginners) in her introduction to this entertaining collection of essays addressing a variety of topics, such as moving to a new country, getting married, sustaining long-term friendships, experiencing childbirth, buying a new home, dealing with sluggish contractors, celebrating the New Year, and living in London. Other subjects include the author's travels to places like Los Angeles, Prague, Greece, and Vietnam. Organized into seven categories, the pieces are culled primarily from magazine and newspaper publications, but a few have not been published previously. Keyes takes on her subjects with humor and candor and often provides useful introductory comments to establish background. The strongest piece is the one on Keyes's struggle with alcoholism. Its raw and honest tone alone makes the book worth a purchase. Highly recommended for all public libraries and larger academic libraries.-Erica Swenson Danowitz, American Univ. Lib., Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060562083
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/6/2004
  • Series: Harper Perennial
  • Edition description: First U.S. Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 895,564
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Marian Keyes

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.

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Introduction xi
Oh, the Glamour
Paperback Writher 3
In the Name of Research--Going Under Cover 10
The Nicest Thing That Ever Happened to Me 18
Planes, Trains and Ought-to-Know-Betters 28
Fear and Loathing in Los Angeles 33
If It's Wednesday, It Must Be Hamburg 38
Given the Boot 46
Mind, Body, Spirit ... and Shoes
Imeldas, and How to Spot Them 55
Does My Base Chakra Look Big in This? 58
Botox and Other Miracles 65
Hope Springs Eternal 72
What Color Is Your Aura? 77
Friends and Family
Till Debt Us Do Part 87
You Can Run but You Can't Hide 93
Bah! Givvus a Humbug 98
Himself Is a Hooligan 103
Push! 108
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Throw Down Your Hair Dryer! 113
Lucky O'Leary: A Prince Among Dogs 118
Now Is the Time for All Little Brothers to Come to the Aid of the Party 123
All Grown-Up
Ten Housework Laws for Men 131
Gilt Trip 133
The Agony and the Ecstasy, but Mostly the Agony 137
Scarlet Pimpernel Construction 142
Get That Dustbin Out of My Relationship Corner 147
Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Garden 152
Driving Along in My Automobile 157
Reversing Around Corners 162
The Pissed Is a Foreign Country, They Do Things Differently There 168
Twelve Months
Sackcloth, Ashes ... and the Gym 181
Have You the Green Food Coloring? 186
Thanks, Mam 191
Time's Arrow 195
Feeling Sheepish 200
Happy Christmas! Form an Orderly Queue 205
A Quiet Millennium Night In 210
Both Sides of the Irish Sea
Swinging London 219
Do You Know the Bus Stop in Kilkenny? 226
The Early Bird ... Catches the Host on the Hop 231
Psycho Magnet 236
Slacking Off Is Hard to Do 241
Catholicism: Cheaper Than Prozac, but Is It Good for You? 247
That's Me Away!
Beside the Seaside 255
The Lucky Suitcase 260
Passport Out of Here 266
Aerodrama 272
'Nam Flashbacks 277
Read More Show Less

First Chapter

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

Paperback Writher

When people ask me what I do for a crust and I tell them that I'm a novelist, they immediately assume that my life is a nonstop carousel of limos, television appearances, hairdos, devoted fans, stalkers and all the glitzy paraphernalia of being a public figure.

It's time to set the record straight.

I write alone, in a darkened bedroom, wearing my pj's, eating bananas, my laptop on a pillow in front of me. Occasionally -- it usually coincides with promoting a book -- I am led, blinking, into the daylight, and when I try to talk to people, discover that I'm not able to, that I've become completely desocialized. And as for being mobbed by adoring fans -- I'm never recognized. Once I thought I was, but I was mistaken. I was in a shoe shop (where else?), and when I asked one of the girls if she had any of these sixteen shoes in my size, she looked at me, put her hand on her chest and gave a little gasp. "It's you!" she declared.

It is, I thought, thrilled to the marrow. It is me -- I'm famous!

"Yes," the girl continued. "You were in the pub last night, you were the one singing, weren't you?"

I was so disappointed I could hardly speak. I'd been nowhere near any pub the night before.

"You've a great voice," she said. "Now what size do you want these shoes in?"

Even the day a book comes out isn't as life-altering as I'd once anticipated. The morning my first book, Watermelon, was officially published in England, where I lived at the time, I half-expected that people in the street would look at me differently as I went to work. That they'd nudge each other and mutter, "See her, that's that Marian Keyes, she's written a book." And that the bus conductor might let me off my fare. ("You're OK there, Writer Girl, this one's on me.") But, naturally, no one paid me the slightest attention. At lunchtime I rushed to the nearest bookshop, my heart aflutter, as I expected to see my beloved creation in a massive display. Instead I found the latest John Grisham piled high where my book should have been. I looked for a smaller display of my book. None to be seen. Mortified, I went to the shelf and searched alphabetically. And found it wasn't there. So I went to the counter and got the girl to look it up on the computer.

"Oh, that," she said, eyeing the screen. "We're not getting any in."

"I can order you a copy, though," she called after me, as I slunk away to shoot myself.

For a couple of weeks afterward, whenever my boss left the office I grabbed the phone and systematically rang every bookshop in London, pretending to be a customer, asking if they stocked Watermelon. And if they hadn't got it, I rang again a few days later, hoping they'd changed their minds. In the end, I'm sure they recognized my voice. I imagined them putting their hands over the mouthpiece and shouting, "It's that Keyes one again. Have we got her bloody book in yet?"

As well as expecting glitz and glamour, I used to think that an integral part of being a writer was lying around on a couch, eating chocolate raisins, waiting for the muse to strike. And that if the muse hadn't struck, I might as well be watching Jerry Springer while I was waiting. So it came as a nasty shock to discover that if I was waiting for the muse to come a-calling, it would take several decades to write a book.

So now, muse or no muse, I work eight hours a day, Monday to Friday, just like I did when I was an accounts clerk. The main difference is that I work in bed. Not because I am a lazy lump (OK, not just because I'm a lazy lump), but just because the idea of sitting at a desk daunts me and, frankly, I'm daunted enough. So the bed it is and it's worked out nicely so far, especially since I started turning myself regularly to avoid bedsores.

Most days I start work at about eight o'clock -- kicking the day off with a good dose of terror. Today is the day, I usually think, when I run out of ideas, when the inspiration packs its bags and goes to find another accounts clerk and transforms their life.

People often ask me where I get my ideas from and, God, I wish I knew. All I can say is that I find people fascinating, and seeing as I write about emotional landscapes, this can only be a good thing. I think that on a subconscious level I'm taking in information constantly, and in case I come across extraspecially interesting people or funny sayings, I carry a notebook with me at all times. Well, actually I don't. I'm supposed to, and when I give advice to aspiring writers that's always what I tell them to do. But somehow when I forage around amongst the sweet papers and lip glosses in my handbag the notebook is never there. So my "office" (i.e., the floor on my side of the bed) is littered with bus tickets and pastille wrappers with little notes to myself scribbled on them.

Another question that I'm often asked is if there's any downside to being a writer. Three words: the crippling insecurity. In my old job, I worked in accounts. It may not have been the most exciting job in the universe, but it was very reassuring. If it balanced I knew I was right -- it was as simple as that. But with writing, there's no right or wrong ...

Under the Duvet
Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities
. Copyright © by Marian Keyes. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 – 8 of 5 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2010

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    No text was provided for this review.

  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2011

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing 1 – 8 of 5 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)