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The Break

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'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 in South-East Asia. And nothing she says can stop him.

But when does a break become a break up?

For a lot can happen in six months. And it's enough to send Amy and her family of gossips, misfits and troublemakers teetering over the edge.

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 isn't she?


'Mercifully funny' The Times

'Just brilliant' Sunday Times

'I laughed . . . I cried' Daily Mail

'Full of darkness and light, this is Keyes at her classic and most brilliant best' Red

What's New in Version 1.1.0

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Customer Reviews

Hooked from the very first page

My very first Marian Keyes read, definitely not my last. A book that I know is going to stick with me for a very long time. Not an easy read for me, I had so many emotions and I can't really describe them all without some major spoilers. So very difficult to review without giving away too much, I will say though, as a happily married forty (nearly fifty) something, I have been questioning myself, my husband and my morals since reading this book (and I’m not talking about infidelity per se). The story questions life and relationships, not just marital but also family, work colleagues and friends). The main characters, Hugh and Amy are happily married (or think they are) until a series events leave Hugh needing a break from life, Amy handles it all admirably, until she doesn’t. With some superb supporting characters, some laugh out loud moments in and amongst the drama. I had so many mixed feelings while reading this story (set mainly in Ireland), the story is written completely from Amy’s point of view, the writing I found faultless, I was transformed into the story and Amy’s life, I was hooked from the first page through to the very last line. I was provided with an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The break

Loved it from the very start! Have missed reading Marian Keyes x this is so easy to relate to and it's such a fabulous story! I couldn't put it down and I have 3 young children , a dog and an extremely messy fiancé 😂 she writes so effortlessly x always 5 star. X

Utterly amazing

Marian as always delivers, once again adding real life issues into her books, extremely well written as always I was so excited to read after having to wait so long for this one but WELL worth the wait!! Incredible! Can’t wait for the next one. Marian deserves nothing less than 5* every time.

The Break
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  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: 07 September 2017
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Print Length: 400 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Version: 1.1.0
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