Making It Up As I Go Along by Marian Keyes published today

Fiercely funny, hilariously candid and heartfelt observations on modern life…

International bestselling novelist Marian Keyes knows more than most the dizzy highs and unexpected lows of a life that depends on making everything up. Which is why in 2016 Penguin Books is delighted to be publishing her third collection of essays – Making It Up As I Go Along – sharing some of Marian’s thoughts as well as experiences on the tricky, tricky business of being a woman in today’s demanding modern world.

Among many other things, she’ll explain what it’s like entering the Fifties Zone and how you can be a feminist and love make-up. She’ll explore how exactly to break up with your hairdresser and why you should always approach fake tan with caution. She’ll tell us why it is we should all have a nail varnish museum, as well as who not to talk to when on an Antarctic cruise. Lastly, she promises to tell us the honest truth about writers (well, this one anyway).

Smart, compassionate, honest, very personal and frequently hilarious, these essays – like Marian herself – get right to the heart of what it means to be a woman in 2016.

Making It Up As I Go Along is a delightfully entertaining look at the modern world for any woman who has ever asked herself: ‘am I doing this right?’, and who finds comfort in the knowledge that, if we’re being honest, each and every one of us is making it up as we go along.

An international publishing phenomenon, Marian Keyes is one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time. A global number one bestseller, she has written 12 novels, been translated into 36 languages, and sold over 33 million copies worldwide. Storming into print in 1995 with Watermelon, Marian created a genre that she has dominated and redefined ever since with books including Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, 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 2014’s The Woman Who Stole My Life.

A talented comic writer, Marian remains a prolific journalist and cultural commentator, appearing regularly on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing - It Takes Two, The Great British Bake Off Extra Slice and the Apprentice - You've Been Fired, while amassing a dedicated Twitter following. Using her trademark voice to address a range of subjects relevant to women of all ages, she has published two collections of her journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, alongside her very own cook book, Saved by Cake.

Born in Limerick in 1963, and brought up in Cavan, Cork, Galway and Dublin; she spent her twenties in London, and now lives in Dún Laoghaire with her husband Tony.