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Maeve Binchy - Author


Maeve Binchy (1940 - 2012) was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland.

 

Binchy, who was 72, has sold more than 40 million books to date, translated into 37 languages. She lived in Dalkey all her life and was married in 1977 to the children's writer Gordon Snell. Her last book carries the dedication: "To Gordon -- who makes life great every single day."

 

Maeve’s final book A Week in Winter published after her death in 2012 was the winner of the Popular Fiction Prize at the Irish Book Awards.

 

Fellow novelist SOPHIE KING on MAEVE BINCHY

I was only a teenager when I discovered Maeve and I've always loved her books but the one that sticks out in my mind is Evening Class. It's told from the point of view of different characters - which is what I do in my own books. It's a wonderful way of getting into the characters' heads and also to move the plot along.

 

Click here to download an article from the Irish Independent about Maeve Binchy.

 

Click here to download an article from The Belfast Telegraph about Maeve Binchy.


If you like Maeve Binchy you might also like to read books by Sarah Challis, Rosamunde Pilcher and Victoria Henry

Featured Books, with extracts, by Maeve Binchy


A Week in Winter
Maeve Binchy
Chicky is whisked off to America by a man who soon deserts her. She tells her parents they had married and he was then killed in a car crash so she can return to Ireland a respectable widow. She buys...
Format: Paperback - Released: 24/10/2013
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Maeve's Times
Maeve Binchy
Written over the last 50 years, the best of Maeve Binchy’s journalism. An acute observer of humanity, she brings her unique view of people and place to these pieces. Like for Like ReadingAches & Pains, Maeve...
Format: Hardback - Released: 12/09/2013
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A Week in Winter
Maeve Binchy
November 2012 Book of the Month. Winner of the Popular Fiction Prize at the Irish Book Awards 2012. The Queen of storytelling Maeve Binchy sadly passed away in July 2012 and A Week in...
Format: Hardback - Released: 08/11/2012
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The Copper Beech
Maeve Binchy
A Special Edition of The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy to celebrate Orion's 20th anniversary. Maeve Binchy's marvellous portrait of a small Irish town whose untroubled surface conceals the passions, rivalries, friendships, ambitions and jealousies beneath.
Format: Paperback - Released: 20/02/2012
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Full House (Quick Reads)
Maeve Binchy
A World Book Day 2012 Quick Read. Dee loves her children very much, but now they are all grown up, shouldn't they leave home?
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/02/2012
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Minding Frankie
Maeve Binchy
A great family tale about the power of love and friendships. Noel finds himself left alone to bring up baby Frankie but Noel is a troubled soul himself and when Social Workers start threatening to take Frankie away family and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 09/06/2011
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Minding Frankie
Maeve Binchy
A great family tale about the power of love and friendships. Noel finds himself left alone to bring up baby Frankie but Noel is a troubled soul himself and when Social Workers start threatening to take Frankie away family and...
Format: Paperback - Released: 17/02/2011
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Minding Frankie
Maeve Binchy
December 2010 Book of the Month. A great family tale about the power of love and friendships. Noel finds himself left alone to bring up baby Frankie but Noel is a troubled soul...
Format: Hardback - Released: 30/09/2010
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The Return Journey
Maeve Binchy
Twenty-one linked short stories with travel the overall theme. Featuring jet-setters to homely couples, sad people to warm folk, in fact all walks of life, they contain characters brilliantly ‘fleshed out’ in just a few words – Binchy’s hallmark –...
Format: Paperback - Released: 10/06/2010
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Heart and Soul
Maeve Binchy
The brand new novel from Maeve Binchy is another tale of family and relationship dramas. The story centres round Clara Casey, who is finding her two grown daughters more of a handful now than when they were teenagers. Not only...
Format: Paperback - Released: 18/07/2009
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Heart and Soul
Maeve Binchy
The brand new novel from Maeve Binchy is another tale of family and relationship dramas. The story centres round Clara Casey, who is finding her two grown daughters more of a handful now than when they were teenagers. Not only...
Format: Hardback - Released: 02/10/2008
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This Year It Will Be Different
Maeve Binchy
A collection of short stories relating to Christmas which would make a good stocking filler for someone who hasn’t really read Maeve Binchy before. If you are a fan you may have read some of the stories before in other...
Format: Paperback - Released: 04/09/2008
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Whitethorn Woods
Maeve Binchy
This is a book of interconnecting stories. Different characters give their story and point of view about the possible destruction of Whitethorn Woods and the well of St Ann that sits in the middle of the woods, due to proposals...
Format: Paperback - Released: 27/06/2007
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Star Sullivan
Maeve Binchy
Quiet, sweet, good natured Star Sullivan always has everyone else's best interests at heart. But when she falls for the boy next door and enlists his help to solve the many issues her family are facing is she really acting...
Format: Paperback - Released: 02/03/2006
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Nights of Rain and Stars
Maeve Binchy
Four strangers with life crises unite in a Greek taverna and witness a tragedy. This author is so warm and infectious, so perceptive and absorbing, it’s like dropping in on an old friend for gossip and advice. This title is...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2005
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The Glass Lake
Maeve Binchy
Repercussions for a whole family when the mother goes missing, presumed drowned. Village life with all it’s characters and twists and turns brought on by one event. Maeve Binchy doing a great job of keeping the reader glued with every...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2005
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Quentins
Maeve Binchy
A very gentle read and one that brings in characters form Binchy’s best loved stories. One for when you want a quiet easy read on a cols winter evening.
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2005
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Tara Road
Maeve Binchy
Two women, one from Dublin one from New England end up on a house swap for the summer and find their lives changed forever. Another tale with strong female characters and the importance of friendship. As always there are a...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2005
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Evening Class
Maeve Binchy
An evening class starts up in the Dublin suburbs, transforming the lives of those who attend in more ways than they can ever have expected. Maeve Binchy takes her characters through the ringer and back and always ends by giving...
Format: Paperback - Released: 29/06/2005
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Chestnut Street
Maeve Binchy
Just round the corner from St Jarlath's Crescent (featured in MINDING FRANKIE) is Chestnut Street. Here, the lives of the residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy's wonderfully compelling tales: Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he...
Format: Hardback - Released: 24/04/2014
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