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RACHEL'S HOLIDAY, Marian's classic novel about addiction, is being given a new lease of life with a fantastic new jacket treatment.

Here's Rachel Walsh, twenty-seven and the miserable owner of size 8 feet. She has regular congress with Luke Costello, a man who wears his leather trousers tight. And she's fond – some might say too fond – of recreational drugs. Until she finds herself being frogmarched to the Cloisters – Dublin's answer to the Betty Ford Clinic. She's outraged. Surely she's not thin enough to be an addict? Heartsick and Luke-sick, she seeks redemption in the shape of Chris, a Man with a Past. A man who might be more trouble than he's worth.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2215 KB
  • Print Length: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (26 May 2005)
  • Sold by:  Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002RI9HUM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

Realistic, heartwarming treatment of a tricky subject

3 people found this helpful.
 on 24 July 2016
By Kindle Customer
I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they have addictive tendencies or who turn to substances or behaviours to avoid feelings. I’d also recommend this book to family or friends of addicts to give them an idea of the thinking which drives addictive behavior. It’s a great story, told with humour and warmth, it gave me many insightful moments as well as a laugh. It gives hope for the addict to build a happy future of recovery, even if it takes a while for them to catch on that they are an addict in need of recovery. I loved it, one of my all time favourite books:-)

Third Marion Keyes book and I’m hooked

One person found this helpful.
 on 28 October 2017
By i love books
I can’t believe I’ve just started reading her books . I saw her for the first time on a Saturday morning cookery show and she was so funny I thought I’d try her. She reads easily but cleverly . Her characters are compelling but real – you could meet them on the street . She has a gift for using humour naturally and to soften what in this story is a very distressful situation . Woke up at 4.00 this morning again but not so bothered because i finished this . And the best bit is I’ve got lots more to read as this is a family series and it’s a big family . Book one is the one with the melon in the title so no obvious but they stand up by themselves .

Rachels success story!

 on 9 August 2015
By rosb
First book I have read from this author. Love her easy style. Although she chooses a difficult subject of addiction, she manages to portray it in a very understanding way. The character, Rachel, does not show up in a good light to begin with but by the end of the book, one can understand the reasons for her addiction and admire the way she finally comes to terms with the reasons she became an addict. The experience in the centre “The Cloisters” finds her with much more understanding of what addiction had made her become. There she began to face up to her problems with family and friends and began to understand the reasons she became an addict. Thehelp she received made her end up a much happier person, back in control of her life.

A new fan.

3 people found this helpful.
 on 5 February 2015
By Janet Gogerty
This was my first Marian Keyes novel, recommended by a male friend – men do read novels and does this add some kudos to a recommendation? When he showed me the opening page on his phone I laughed straight away and downloaded it on to my Kindle as soon as I got home.

Weirdly have never read Marian Keyes before despite having Irish …

 on 9 December 2015
By S. M. Malone
Weirdly have never read Marian Keyes before despite having Irish heritage!! This story is about Rachel Walsh who is a drug addict and doesn’t yet know it. After an ‘accidental’ overdose in New York she is flown home & sent to The Cloisters where she expects to be having spa treatments, massages & rubbing shoulders with celebs. Instead it’s a grotty, underwelming, cramped hostel for addicts. It plots her ‘journey’ to her acceptance of her problems & while she’s there her reflection on her life where you can see the addiction & the reasons behind it. Well worth a read.

I love this book

One person found this helpful.
 on 16 May 2016
By Clare campbell
I love this book. It is the best of all Marian Keyes’s book and as I would give them all 5 starss there isn plenty of competetion!!. I would giver this one 6 if I could. It is funny, engaging and though provoking. As with all her books, there s a dark untow, Rachels problems are complex but her story is well written and very witty. I love the Walsh Family!!

It’s very good. I’m not a girl by the way and …

 on 13 February 2017
By Patty O'Dors
Just finished this. It’s very good. I’m not a girl by the way and I don’t think it’s fair to call this “chic lit”. Yes it’s by a woman writer and the main character is a woman but you don’t call Jane Eyre “chic lit” do you? Anyway it’s not Jane Eyre, but it is a deceptively dark and quite an important book. Well I think it was important – it spoke to me; about the ability to change one’s life and one’s self. I’m not an addict but we all have our dark places and inadequacies. I found it really hard to like Rachel – and I didn’t find this an easy read. But blimey there’s some fantastic funny writing here too.

You must read this-smashing!!!

 on 14 September 2017
By Gemma
This is a great book, funny but also a good story. I have recommended it to all my friends. With reading on a kindle, you don’t realise that it’s a big book, so plenty of reading. I couldn’t put it down!!! There were highs and lows-funny and sad. Loved the ending. By far Marian Keynes best book!!!


One person found this helpful.
 on 28 June 2013
By AG1066
This book is supposed to be hilarious. Personally, I didn’t find it funny. I found it moving, thought-provoking, self-exploring and down-to-earth. A must for anyone whose work or family situation means they have to deal with people who are addicted to drugs or alchohol, in rehab, struggling to cope with life, or in denial. I bought the book having already listened to it as an audiobook. I would recommend listening to the audiobook first, as Gerri Halligan, the narrator, does an amazing job or bringing the highs and lows of the story to life. It is available on loan from libraries. Then when you come to read it you already know all the characters and can hear their voices in your head as you read.

So glad I gave it a chance.

3 people found this helpful.
 on 11 March 2013
By HeadInTheClouds
I bought this book in 2008 and I never finished reading until late 2011/early 2012. The reason for this was because after reading about 50 pages I was worried that it was going to be a romance novel with the drug/rehab thing playing a small part. I put the book down. My sister then borrowed it from me, loved it and urged me to continue with it. I’m so glad she did. I loved this book. I would read it in the bath and my sister could hear my laughing from all the way downstairs. I think it’s great.
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