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  • Published: 6 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9781405935135
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544


British Book Awards Author of the Year 2022

The hilarious, poignant and insightful first novel from the now world-wide bestselling author

Claire has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores, a great apartment, a good job. Then, on the day she gives birth to her first baby, James tells her that he's having an affair.

Claire is left with a beautiful newborn daughter, a broken heart, and a body that she can hardly bear to look at. So, in the absence of any better offers, she decides to go home to her family in Dublin.

Sheltered by the love of her quirky family, and the attention of an incredibly attractive younger man, Claire gets better. A lot better. In fact, so much better that when James slithers back into her life, he's in for a surprise

  • Published: 6 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9781405935135
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 544

About the author

Marian Keyes

Marian Keyes was born in Limerick in 1963, and brought up in Cavan, Cork, Galway and Dublin. She studied law and accountancy before turning to writing. Her first novel Watermelon was published in Ireland in 1995, where it was an immediate, runaway success. Marian Keyes is now one of the most successful Irish novelists of all time and is published in thirty nine different languages. She lives in Dún Laoghaire with her husband Tony.

Marian Keyes is the international bestselling author of Watermelon, Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married, Rachel's Holiday, Last Chance Saloon, Sushi for Beginners, Angels, The Other Side of the Story and Anybody Out There. Her two collections of journalism, Under the Duvet and Further Under the Duvet, are also available in Penguin. Marian lives in Dublin with her husband.



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Praise for Watermelon

Keyes gives popular fiction a good name

Independent on Sunday

Full of twists and turns, with warmth and humour on every page, it doesn't disappoint


Not only is it a great story with funny, loveable characters, it made me laugh out loud


Keyes manages to have you alternately blubbing and belly-laughing to the final page


A smart new drama from the awesome Marian Keyes


One of those rare books that will swallow up your day without realising it. Romantic and uplifting it won't fail to put a smile on your face. Marian Keyes is back to her best

The Daily Express

A modern fairy tale, it's full of Keyes's self-deprecating wit

The Sunday Mirror

Watermelon, Marian Keyes's very first novel, tells the extremely funny and wonderfully touching tale of a woman who thought she had it all - until the day she discovers that it's all gone . . . 'Failed relationships can be describe as so much wasted makeup . . .' On the day she gives birth to her first child, Claire Walsh's husband James tells her he's been having an affair and now's the right time to leave her.

from the publisher's description

One of the 40 books to read before you're 40. Pure craic


So fresh . . . a story about a world I really recognised

Sophie White

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