My Favourite Mistake

Marian Keyes


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Penguin Books Ltd
11 April 2024
ISBN: 9780241441145
608 pages

From the publisher

How do you start again, after losing everything? Find out in the global no. 1 bestseller's latest heartstopper...


'Keyes is a powerhouse' The Sunday Times

'What heaven . . . wish it could go on forever' Nigella Lawson

'Unbelievable . . . so much talent' Chris Evans


Anna has just lost her taste for the Big Apple…

She has a life to envy. An apartment in New York. A well-meaning (too well-meaning?) partner. And a high-flying job in beauty PR. Who wouldn’t want all that?
Anna, it turns out.

Trading a minor midlife crisis for a major life event, she switches the skyscrapers of Manhattan for the tiny Irish town of Maumtully (population 1,217), helping old friends Brigit and Colm set up a luxury coastal retreat.

Tougher than it sounds. Newflash: the locals hate the idea. So much so, there have been threats – and violence.

Anna, however, worked in the beauty industry. There’s no ugliness she hasn’t seen. No wrinkle she can’t smooth over.

There’s just one fly in the ointment – old flame Joey Armstrong.

He’s going to be her wingman.
Never mind their chequered history. Never mind what might have been.

Because no matter how far you go, your mistakes will still be waiting for you . . .


'Much to love . . . eye-wateringly comical 'Observer

'Warmhearted and deftly plotted page-turner. A celebration of kindness: that of family and friends' Sunday Telegraph

'You are all in for a treat. My Favourite Mistake is by turns hilarious and heart-breaking, with a very satisfying mystery at the heart of it too' Elly Griffiths

'Explodes with joyful humanity on every page' Sara Pascoe

'A great, big mystery romance that will make you laugh on every page. A marvel' Catherine Newman

'We love Marian for her humour, relatable style and wisdom - all of which are present here. A big-hearted read full of big feelings' Woman & Home

Furiously funny and stealthily profound. There’s so much depth, but reading it made me feel happier and lighter than I have in ages – it’s sexy, smart, wise, touching and fun' Daisy Buchanan

'A great read from this much-loved author' Prima

Praise for Marian Keyes

'Delightfully funny' Daily Telegraph

'Funny, tender, completely absorbing!' Graham Norton

'An entertaining, growingly poignant contemporary tale' Sunday Times

'Funny, heartbreaking, achingly real' Jane Fallon

'Beautifully written, funny, heartbreaking and always wise - a proper treat' Daily Mail

Readers are loving My Favourite Mistake

‘This book is hilarious, relatable, sexy and moving by turn and I inhaled it within a day. Fabulous’ ***** Reader Review

‘I was absolutely overjoyed to be able to read and review this book and I left abandoned housework, children and much more behind as I indulged myself with this book. I literally did not want to put it down at all’ ***** Reader Review

OMG it’s good to have these lovely characters back!’ ***** Reader Review

‘The most magical of storytellers has done it again, the world would be a far sadder place without Marian Keyes’ ***** Reader Review

‘it was engaging, funny, sad and everything in between with that wonderful familiarity certain book characters just have – brilliant’ ***** Reader Review

Marian Keyes, Number 1 Sunday Times bestseller, April 2024 (UK)
Marian Keyes, Number 1 bestseller, Republic of Ireland and Number 1 bestseller, South Africa [Nielsen Bookscan, April 2024]