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THIS CHARMING MAN by Marian Keyes in hardcover at 25.20 euros.

Anyone who is ‘anyone’ remembers where they were the day they heard that Paddy de Courcy was getting married, but for four women in particular the big news about the charismatic politician is especially momentous.

Stylist Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy is marrying because, although she is his girlfriend, she definitely isn’t the bride-to-be. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea but will her retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes?

Journalist Grace wants the inside story on the de Courcy engagement and thinks that Lola holds the key. Grace’s sister, Marnie, might have the answer but she also has issues with the past.  Her loving husband and beautiful daughters are wonderful but they can’t take away memories of her first love: a certain Paddy de Courcy.

The soon-to-be Mrs de Courcy, Alicia, will do anything for her fiancé and is determined to be the perfect politician’s wife, but does she know the real Paddy de Courcy?

Marian Keyes writes immensely popular romantic fiction – easy to read and full of humour.

Although the characters’ names suggest she may be moving into Jackie Collin’s territory, The Charming Man is definitely her own inimitable style.