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
Praise for Watermelon
Keyes gives popular fiction a good nameIndependent on Sunday
Full of twists and turns, with warmth and humour on every page, it doesn't disappointCloser
Not only is it a great story with funny, loveable characters, it made me laugh out loudStylist
Keyes manages to have you alternately blubbing and belly-laughing to the final pageCompany
A smart new drama from the awesome Marian KeyesHeat
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 bestThe Daily Express
A modern fairy tale, it's full of Keyes's self-deprecating witThe 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 craicImage
So fresh . . . a story about a world I really recognisedSophie White