Keyes content to coast along with cosy comforts

Keyes content to coast along with cosy comforts
Marian Keyes writes like a cheery pal who can barely believe her good fortune

There is enough unpublished work here to keep even the most partisan Keyes follower from carping

The hallmarks of good comedic writing are simple: bravery and truth. Marian Keyes has long dabbled in both. Underneath her sugary, ebullient prose there often lies a smidge of grit, a gimlet-eyed gambit that those who dismiss her writing as low-calorie froth often don’t quite catch.

Still, there’s been too much of a good thing of late, although it’s not necessarily Keyes’s fault. Her singular writing style – a beguiling mix of the aspirational,...

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