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Sushi for Beginners

Marian Keyes

Average Review Rating Average Rating 8/10 (1 Review)
Book Details

Publisher : Michael Joseph

Published : 2000

Copyright : Marian Keyes 2000

ISBN-10 : HB 0-7181-4446-5
ISBN-13 : HB 978-0-7181-4446-3

Publisher's Write-Up


'Dublin's a small wet place across the Irish sea, where they drink a lot and never stop talking. A booming economy, huge population of young folk... the place is ripe for a feisty women's magazine. And we want you to head it up, Lisa...'

Magazine editor Lisa Edwards, shiny and hard as an M&M, thinks her life has ended when her 'fabulous' new job turns out to be deportation to Dublin, launching Colleen magazine. If it weren't for the decorative presence of her new boss, the dishevelled and moody Jack Devine, she might just turn on her Prada heel and take the first plane back. But she's Lisa. She doesn't do failure. Much as she'd like to, this time.

Ashling Kennedy, Colleen's assistant editor, has her own problems. She's an award winning worrier and has always been aware that something isn't quite right in her world. Not just because she has no waist, no boyfriend and buys far too many handbags. But because, right at her core, something is absent, like the tiny, pinprick dot that remains when the telly shuts down for the night. The person she envies most in the world is her oldest friend Clodagh Kelly, and for very good reason.

Known as the Princess, life has always delivered what Clodagh wants (and why not, when you were the most beautiful girl in your class?). She's living the domestic dream in a Siematics Castle, married to her prince, with two adorable babies. So why, lately, has she had the urge, more than once, to kiss a frog? Sleep with a frog if the truth be told.

Sushi for Beginners is about searching for happiness. And how, if you let things bubble under the surface for too long, sooner or later they'll boil over. Sharp, funny and sweet, Marian Keyes' latest novel confirms her place as the hottest young female writer in Britain.

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Review by Chrissi (191100) Rating (8/10)

Review by Chrissi
Rating 8/10
This is much more to my taste, this is the target for which magazine based novels should be aiming, I so enjoyed this, our heroine is Ashling, a magazine drone, working on several small publications in Dublin.

She has to get a new job and finds herself working for a new magazine for women, the remit being that it is sexy, sassy and fun. Her editor is Lisa, groomed to within an inch of her life, and her boss is Jack Devine, who calls her Miss Fix-It, because she is so organised.

They are wonderfully written, friends and enemies, wives and husbands, ex's and current affairs. The relationships between them are fascinating. The stories of the comedians of the Dublin pub circuit are lovely, and make most of the people living in Dublin sound as if they have quite serious liver disease, but are working hard to enjoy the hangover that goes along with it.

I had never heard of this lady author before, her book was a present from friends who went to a "meet the author" evening at Waterstones, and I have to say, I will make the greatest effort to obtain the rest of her back catalogue, I did so enjoy this one!
Chrissi (19th November 2000)

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