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Friday 17 August 2018

Top novelist Marian battling depression

Her 10th novel has just hit the top spot in the UK charts but Marian Keyes isn't in the mood for celebrating.

Her husband Tony Baines has told the Herald that Marian is struggling to overcome a bout of depression.

Despite The Brightest Star in the Sky, topping the UK paperback fiction charts by selling more than 40,000 copies, the much loved writer will not be marking the occasion.

"She's very happy about it but we're not doing anything special to mark it," explained Tony.

"She's much the same really, it's tough, we're getting through one day at a time, that's about it."

Keyes (47) described her life last year as "living in hell" in an online newsletter to fans.

The Irish novelist, who is known for her bubbly personality wrote: "I can't eat, I can't sleep, I can't write, I can't read, I can't talk to people.

"The worst thing is that I feel it will never end.

"I know lots of people don't believe it, but depression is an illness, but unlike say, a broken leg, you don't know when it'll get better.

"I've been trying to read helpful, comforting and inspiring bits and pieces because I can't manage novels," she had explained at the start of 2010.

Keyes, who has sold millions of copies of her 12 books worldwide, has received many messages of support in the last year, from readers, family friends and fellow authors, since opening up about her personal life and problems.

"It's really good the amount of support that she's had from everyone really, other writers and so on have all been great," Tony said.

Thankfully, there has been some progress since she revealed she was suffering from depression, which affects thousands of people from all walks of life. Towards the end of last year, the Dun Laoghaire-based author started writing again and she has maintained this activity.

"It's slower than it used to be but she is doing a bit of writing," Tony explained.

"That makes her happy, when she manages to write something, so that's great."

The Brightest Star in the Sky was released as a Penguin paperback earlier this month. The hardback edition was launched in 2009.

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