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Summary

A special 25th anniversary edition narrated by the author.

Discover the deliciously dark and fantastically funny number one best seller about a woman living life rather too well and being whisked away from it all, from the number one best-selling author of Grown Ups.

'How did it end up like this? Twenty-seven, unemployed, mistaken for a drug addict, in a treatment centre in the back arse of nowhere with an empty Valium bottle in my knickers....'

Meet Rachel Walsh.

She's been living it up in New York City, spending her nights talking her way into glamorous parties before heading home in the early hours to her hot boyfriend, Luke.

But her sensible older sister showing up and sending her off to actual rehab wasn't quite part of her plan.

She's only agreed to her incarceration because she's heard that rehab is wall-to-wall Jacuzzis, gymnasiums and rock stars going cold turkey - plus it's about time she had a holiday.

Saying goodbye to fun will be hard. But not as hard as losing the man who she realises, all too late, might just be the love of her life....

©2022 Marian Keyes (P)2022 W. F. Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

“Gloriously funny.” (Sunday Times

“Irresistible, profound...Keyes' comic gift is always evident.” (Independent

“Comic, convincing and true.” (Guardian

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love love love

Read this a long time ago and loved it. With the sequel coming out soon, I wanted to refresh my memory and was so delighted to see this released recently. With 2 small children audiobooks are so handy! Can't wait for the next one.

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Rachel’s Holiday

A truly excellent book & Marian Keyes who narrates her book, has such a lovely voice, I can thoroughly recommend

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What a brilliant book

I too grew with the character - originally thinking that everyone was over reacting to her drinking but soon realised the depth this book has. Full of quirky jokes too. I loved it

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Brilliant book, especially great to hear the author read their own work

Loved this book. Raw, funny, sad and wise. Marian Keyes reads it brilliantly. Highly recommended!

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Just lovely

I wanted to read Again Rachel but had never read Rachel’s holiday so I began here. I’ve had it in my ears for the past week and adored it SO much. I’ve laughed out loud and felt like I’ve really got to know Rachel so I’m now really excited for the sequel

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funny and moving

what a privilege to hear Marian Keyes read this book, wonderfully moving and funny


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Another great book from Marian

What a great read! Not read a bad one from this author. Loved the fact she narrated it herself. As the one who created the characters, it was very fitting that she brought them to life herself. Story arc was great, sad, funny, harrowing, enlightening. Well done you!

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Funny and serious

Loved it, found myself laughing to it in parts while I was at work Brilliant really enjoyed it.

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Wish I'd read it sooner

I loved this book, even when Rachel was so frustrating 80% of the time! This was my first Marian Keyes novel and it won't be my last. It was so entertaining yet sad and eye opening all rolled into one. My heart was breaking for Rachel by the end of it all. I will definitely be recommending to friends. I can't believe it was written when I was 5, it hasn't aged at all.
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Enjoyable listening

And engaging story, well read by the author, with her beautiful Irish accent.
However, although engaging, the story was very predictable with a very predictable ending.
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  • 06-04-22

Soooo boring!

I have heard so many people rave about this book and this character.
I found this book sooooo boring, the character unremarkable and unrelatable. I had to stop at Chapter 5 because I couldn’t focus on it.
I didn’t enjoy the narration either. Terrible.

It is just really basic chick lit.

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  • Laurie E. Barshay
  • 17-05-22

Another Great Walsh Family Ride!

Just finished 14 hours of the 25th anniversary edition of this wild, hilarious, and heart filled work of art. It’s a delight to listen to Marian Keyes herself narrating this audiobook, different from the earlier edition. I once heard Marian interview another writer. I was so taken with her that I explored her own work. And as I make my way through her huge list of books, I have never been sorry! Her honest voice stays with me after each story.

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  • Desiree Reyes
  • 16-02-22

Great characters, fun read

I loved Sushi for Beginners and Rachel's Holiday was just as great! Would recommend.