The Break by Marian Keyes

The Break

By Marian Keyes

  • Release Date: 2017-09-07
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Score: 4.5
From 219 Ratings
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Marian Keyes' ALL-NEW novel . . .

'Classic Marian Keyes: a blizzard of wit and wisecracks. Mercilessly funny' The Times


Amy's husband Hugh has run away to 'find himself'. But will he ever come back?

'Myself and Hugh . . . We're taking a break.'
'A city-with-fancy-food sort of break?'

If only.

Amy's husband Hugh says he isn't leaving her.

He still loves her, he's just taking a break - from their marriage, their children and, most of all, from their life together. Six months to lose himself in South East Asia. And there is nothing Amy can say or do about it.

Yes, it's a mid-life crisis, but let's be clear: a break isn't a break up - yet . . .

However, for Amy it's enough to send her - along with her extended family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers - teetering over the edge.

For a lot can happen in six-months. When Hugh returns, if he returns, will he be the same man she married? Will Amy be the same woman?

Because if Hugh is on a break from their marriage, then so is she . . .

The Break is a story about the choices we make and how those choices help to make us. It is Marian Keyes at her funniest, wisest and brilliant best.

'Just brilliant' Sunday Times

'Girl-power at its best. I laughed . . . I cried' Daily Mail

'Another belter. Full of brilliantly fun characters, genuine emotion and heaps of charm. We loved it!' Heat

'Keyes writes extremely well about modern women. A breezy, candid and deeply felt account of a wife, mother and career woman rediscovering herself' Metro

'Fabulously entertaining. Classic Keyes. The queen of intelligent women's fiction' Sunday Mirror

'A glorious life-affirming novel with Keyes on top form' Woman & Home

'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express


  • Wow

    By Nlw68
    What an amazing book. Just wow.. I certainly wanted to cry so many times, this story has a bit of everything and is so well written. Full of amazing characters and an incredible story line. Brilliant!
  • Engaging read!

    By BJXFI
    I felt like I took this journey with Amy. The characters are not black and white, they are full of loveable and dislikable qualities that have you riding an emotional roller coaster throughout the entire book. I loved it. Especially the ending.
  • Beautifully written, authentic & heart warming

    By Food'Flowers
    I started this book thinking it would be a light distracting interval from a lengthy history book I was only half way through at the time. But I was totally blown away by the beautifully written, heart warming and very charming story within its pages. So authentic and so captivating, always with a constant thread of whit and humour which only the Brits & Irish do so well. I was totally drawn into the lives of the characters. They are well developed and again very authentic. I giggled, I cried, I felt anger I felt elation and in the end, it all made so much sense and my heart was so warmed. Love LOVE LOVE!,,
  • The Break by Marian Keyes

    By Noni5
    What a rollicking good story written with a sense of humour just as life happens. Highly recommend it.
  • Best book I have read in YEARS!!

    By Becsutton
    Could not put this book down, was such an easy read and a serious page turner!
  • The Break

    By Smiling75
    Love love love this book...and I've read all of Marian Keyes. This is the most insightful one yet about awful ordinary things that happen in real life with a laugh to go. Thank you Marian ❤️
  • The Break

    By Invermaylass
    I have never read any books by this author before. Enjoyed it from start to finish, couldn’t put it down once I was about half way through.
  • Loved it!

    By Ludmax
    Marian's books are always so human and honest, "warts and all". You always feel like you know these characters, their actions and reactions are understandable and believable. I have read all Marian's books and this one didn't disappoint. I look forward to the next one with relish.
  • Not recommended AT ALL

    By Jkqklm
    So long winded and badly written, I couldn’t even get past the 2nd page and that was me REALLY trying. Try something else because this is awful.
  • Too drawn out.

    By JBTShell
    Love this author, loved this storyline & all its characters but the middle section of the story went on and on and on!