Marian Keyes' latest novel Grown Ups (Michael Joseph) has reached number one in the fiction charts in five countries this week – a first for the bestselling author.
Published on 6th February, Grown Ups hit the Original Fiction top spot in the UK, and made overall number one in Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand after only a part week of sales.
Through the TCM, 7,866 copies were sold in hardback after three days on the shelves.
Keyes' UK publisher, Louise Moore, managing director, Michael Joseph, said: "To reach number one here in the UK is in itself a huge achievement. But to achieve a global bestseller, with simultaneous number ones in [five] countries is very special indeed. In a writing career spanning 25 years and eighteen books, this hard working, consistently brilliant and immensely talented author deserves every moment of her success. Congratulations Marian."
Keyes said: "I'm absolutely delighted. My publishers have as always done an amazing job. I'd like to thank all the booksellers and people in the media who've supported this book so strongly. Most of all, I'm deeply grateful to my readers, many of whom have been reading me for the past 25 years. Turning a book into a bestseller is very much a group effort. I feel very lucky."
Grown Ups is Keyes' 14th novel. About what happens when people don't behave like grown-ups, it is described by the publisher as "inimitable Marian Keyes", exploring issues from modern family life, extramarital affairs and intergenerational relationships to bulimia, the impact of the financial crash and the refugee crisis, all told with Keyes' "unique brand of brilliance, warmth and wit".
To date, Keyes has sold 7 million books for £43.5m through the TCM and, according to PRH UK, Keyes has sold over 39 million books worldwide in 36 territories.