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London-reared of Irish parents, Kate Kerrigan worked in London before moving to Ireland in 1990. Her books have been widely acclaimed - Recipes for a Perfect Marriage was shortlisted for the Romantic Novelist of the Year Award and Ellis Island was a TV Book Club Summer Read. She is now a full-time writer and lives in County Mayo with her husband and sons. www.katekerrigan.ie http://katekerriganauthor.blogspot.com/
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Pan MacMillan; New edition edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447213122
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447213123
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kate Kerrigan is an author living and working in Ireland. Her novels include the Recipes for a Perfect Marriage which was shortlisted for Romantic Novel of the Year and has been translated into 20 languages, and New York Times bestseller, the Ellis Island trilogy.

Kate began her career as an editor and journalist, editing many of Britain's most successful young women's magazines including more! and Just Seventeen magazine under her birth name Morag Prunty, before returning to her native Ireland in the 1990's. She writes a weekly column in the Irish Mail about her life in Killala, County Mayo - and contributes regularly to the RTE radio program Sunday Miscellany.

Her latest novel, The Dress, is published by Head of Zeus. It is available as an e-book from May 2015 and will be published in hardback in the U.K. in September 2015.

About The Dress: 'Kate Kerrigan's distinct and unique style of storytelling is in linking the ghosts of our pasts with modern dilemmas, interweaving yesterday with today in a mesmerising and moving way. Just beautiful.'
Cecelia Ahern

The Dress was a huge pleasure to read; it's glamorous and gripping and moving. The characters are convincingly complex and the love triangle with Frank, Joy and Honor was thrillingly unpredictable - no central-casting goodies and baddies, this book is far too elegant and intelligent for that. The structure, where Kate goes back and forth between the present day and the past is very skilfully done. It's a very confident book, the writer is really in charge of her material here, but the best thing she did was make me truly care about all of the characters. Kate Kerrigan writes with wit and intelligence and a masterful understanding of human beings.

I just loved it, I couldn't bear to be away from it and now that I'm finished it, I miss it.
Marian Keyes

Recipes for a Perfect Marriage:
Recipes for a Perfect Marriage is that most prized of things, a unique treatment of an old subject. Not only an extremely entertaining read, this wonderful novel is also chock fill of wisdom about all aspects of love and marriage
Cassandra King

This is a wonderfully written and instantly engaging novel. But what's most impressive here is the wisdom about relationships. Recipes for a Perfect marriage should be required reading not only for those who are married or contemplating tying the knot, but for any person who longs to make any relationship work better.
Elizabeth Berg


www.katekerrigan.ie

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Friedman on August 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I picked this up on a trip to Dublin and was surprised at how good it was. It is similar to "Like Water for Chocolate" in that there is a recipe that introduces each chapter. The recipes reflect the relationships in the book. Somewhere in the chapter either the flavor, the difficulty of preparation, or something in the recipe will be important in the progression of the story line. This beautifully written story tells how on her wedding day, a young bride receives her grandmother's recipes and diaries. The bride, who thinks she has made a mistake in her choice of a husband, had always thought that her grandparents had a perfect marriage. Through reading her grandmother's diaries she discovers what a "perfect marriage" really is and how different it is from what we think we are looking for in a mate.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader on September 19, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In "Recipes for a Perfect Marriage" Kate Kerrigan transcends the genre of women's fiction, and has produced a novel for everyone - man or woman - who has ever loved only to hesitate on the brink of commitment, or to doubt a commitment already made.

In a tale spanning three generations, Kerrigan illuminates the differences and similarities in the roles of women and men in marriage, and in the way we view marriage itself, today and in our grandparents' generation. Along the way - in a captivating tale that is also a genuine page-turner - Kerrigan displays a unique insight into the highs and lows of romantic love, and the deeper and more complex rewards of committing oneself to another.

Read it, and ask your partner to read it, too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maria1971 on September 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
An ode to marriage the "old-fashioned way", where loyalty and commitment and `realistic' love are so much more important than romance, passion, or being swept off one's feet.

Sweet and heartwarming and though very much about `the right thing to do' it just manages to escape becoming `preachy'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Julie Haigh on October 27, 2013
Format: Paperback
This book is just the sort of book I like, it has all the right ingredients. I had not heard of Kate Kerrigan before but the book sounded great from the summary. Some of my favourite authors are Patricia Scanlan, Sheila O'Flanagan and Cathy Kelly and Kate Kerrigan is now going to be among those and I will read all the books I can find that she has written. This is such a powerful and wise book. It hits the nail right on the head about relationships and marriage and the doubts that can prevail in a new marriage. This author can say so much in so few pages. The book switches between the present with Tressa and Dan and the past with Tressa's grandparents. On Tressa's wedding day she is given her grandmother's diaries and recipes. Each part of the book begins with one of these recipes and each one symbolises a certain factor which contributes to a successful or unsuccessful marriage, for example the first part is concerned with 'chemistry' and the recipe is for jam which seems to suggest things not quite jelling with Tressa and Dan's marriage. The book continues in this way and, for me, this unifies the whole book. Sheila O'Flanagan uses this sort of technique of having a theme running throughout the book. This works so well, Tressa also has a career in food writing/Tv etc. This book is quite therapeutic if you have been through relationship doubts/breakups, it helps you to understand things more clearly and makes you feel that you're not alone. The book is very well presented, like a home recipe book. I would have liked to have seen the recipes in a 'handwriting' font though, that would have had just that bit extra realism and feel for the action. The book continues alternating between past and present, often with parallels between the two eras. The writing is lovely, very cosy and beautiful.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer on April 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
I was lead to this book by having read Kate Kerrigan's essay Marriage Myths ([...] The message of the essay was intriguing to me -- staying in a marriage that is less than perfect. So, I read the book, thinking that it was going to help me understand that concept better. Instead, what I experienced was a book about two women in different countries and different eras, both who have extremely loving and supportive husbands who treat them wonderfully, but who don't love their husbands back, and in fact treat their husbands rather poorly. I found myself annoyed at both women, and not really able to relate to them. They both had seemingly irrational reasons for not loving their doting husbands, and I wanted them both to either wake up and realize how good they have it, or leave the guy if they were so miserable.
Admittedly, I'm a little bitter going in, given that from my perspective there are few "good guys" out there. And then I read this book about two women who have good guys, and for irrational reasons don't love them, and treat them poorly.
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