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Maeve Binchy - Author

About the 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.

Featured books by Maeve Binchy

A Few of the Girls

A Few of the Girls

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2015

'The Irish do love telling stories, and we are suspicious of people who don't have long, complicated conversations. There used to be a rule in etiquette books that you should invite four talkers and four listeners to a dinner party. That doesn't work in Ireland, because nobody knows four listeners' Maeve Binchy Maeve Binchy's bestselling novels not only tell wonderful stories, they also give an insight in to how Ireland has changed over the decades, but how people remain the same: they still fall in love, sometimes unsuitably; they still have hopes and dreams; they have deep, long-standing friendships, and some that fall apart.

Chestnut Street

Chestnut Street

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

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 bargained for to protect his son. Nessa Byrne, whose aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house - and Nessa's world - upside down. Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiance not everyone approves of. And Melly, whose gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of the fortune teller, 'Madame Magic'...No one rivals Maeve Binchy for stories of warmth, kindness, love, loss - and life not always turning out as expected.

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Chestnut Street

Chestnut Street

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2014

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 bargained for to protect his son. Nessa Byrne, whose aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house - and Nessa's world - upside down. Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiance not everyone approves of. And Melly, whose gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of the fortune teller, 'Madame Magic'...

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Other books by Maeve Binchy

Chestnut Street

Chestnut Street

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

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 bargained for to protect his son. Nessa Byrne, whose aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house - and Nessa's world - upside down. Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiance not everyone approves of. And Melly, whose gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of the fortune teller, 'Madame Magic'...No one rivals Maeve Binchy for stories of warmth, kindness, love, loss - and life not always turning out as expected.

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Chestnut Street

Chestnut Street

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/11/2014

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 bargained for to protect his son. Nessa Byrne, whose aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house - and Nessa's world - upside down. Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiance not everyone approves of. And Melly, whose gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of the fortune teller, 'Madame Magic'...No one rivals Maeve Binchy for stories of warmth, kindness, love, loss - and life not always turning out as expected.

Maeve's Times

Maeve's Times

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 28/10/2014

Five decades of selected writings from theIrish Timesby the beloved and best-selling author, filled with her hallmark humor, candor, and wisdom-a timeless gift to her legion of fans.Maeve Binchy once confessed: "e;As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives."e; She was an accidental journalist, yet from the beginning, her writings reflected the warmth, wit, and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction. From the royal wedding to boring airplane companions, Samuel Beckett to Margaret Thatcher, "e;senior moments"e; to life as a waitress,Maeve's Timesgives us wonderful insight into a changing Ireland as it celebrates the work of one of our best-loved writers in all its diversity-revealing her characteristic directness, laugh-out-loud humor, and unswerving gaze into the true heart of a matter.

Maeve's Times

Maeve's Times

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2014

Maeve Binchy's much-loved Irish Times writings spanned five decades. An accidental journalist whose work first appeared after her father sent in colourful accounts he had received from her travels, from the beginning her writings reflected the warmth, wit and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction. This timeless collection celebrates the work of the world's best-loved writer, in all its diversity, revealing her characteristic directness, laugh-out-loud humour and unswerving gaze into the true heart of a matter. From 'Life as a Waitress' to 'Encounters at the Airport', 'Staving Off the Senior Moments' and the hilarious 'My Theodora Story', Maeve always had her own, inimitable take on life. With an introduction written by her husband, the writer Gordon Snell, Maeve's Times reminds us of why the writings of Maeve Binchy are universally cherished, and will be for generations to come.

Maeve's Times

Maeve's Times

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/06/2014

'Maeve's Times is funny and clever and kind, which are excellent qualities in both books and people' Irish Times 'As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives.' Maeve Binchy is well known for her bestselling novels, but for many years Maeve was a journalist. From 'The Student Train' to 'Plane Bores' and 'Bathroom Joggers' to 'When Beckett met Binchy', these articles have all the warmth, wit and humanity of her fiction. Arranged in decades, from the 1960s to the 2000s, and including Maeve's first and last ever piece of writing for the Irish Times, the columns also give a fascinating insight into the author herself. With an introduction written by her husband, the writer Gordon Snell, this collection of timeless writing reminds us of why the leading Irish writer was so universally loved.

Chestnut Street

Chestnut Street

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 24/04/2014

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 bargained for to protect his son. Nessa Byrne, whose aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house - and Nessa's world - upside down. Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiance not everyone approves of. And Melly, whose gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of the fortune teller, 'Madame Magic'... No one rivals Maeve Binchy for stories of warmth, kindness, love, loss - and life not always turning out as expected. Read by Kate Binchy

Chestnut Street

Chestnut Street

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 22/04/2014

Maeve Binchy imagined a street in Dublin with many characters coming and going, and every once in a while she would write about one of these people. She would then put it in a drawer; ';for the future,' she would say. The future is now. Across town from St. Jarlath's Crescent, featured in Minding Frankie, is Chestnut Street, where neighbors come and go. Behind their closed doors we encounter very different people with different life circumstances, occupations, and sensibilities. Some of the unforgettable characters lovingly brought to life by Binchy are Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son; Nessa Byrne, whose aunt visits from America every summer and turns the houseand Nessa's worldupside down; Lilian, the generous girl with the big heart and a fiance whom no one approves of; Melly, whose gossip about the neighbors helps Madame Magic, a self-styled fortune-teller, get everyone on the right track; Dolly, who discovers more about her perfect mother than she ever wanted to know; and Molly, who learns the cure for sleeplessness from her pen pal from Chicago . . . Chestnut Street is written with the humor and understanding that are earmarks of Maeve Binchy's extraordinary work and, once again, she warms our hearts with her storytelling.

Ein Cottage am Meer

Ein Cottage am Meer

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 26/02/2014

Das Stone House ist eine zauberhafte Pension im Westen Irlands. Hier begegnen sich Menschen, die sich im Alltag nie begegnen wurden, hier ereignet sich so manche Tragodie - und hier trifft der Leser auf gute Bekannte aus fruheren Binchy-Bestsellern. Fur sie und all die anderen Gaste wird der Aufenthalt zu einem schicksalhaften Erlebnis, das Augen offnet und Hoffnungen zerstort, das Traume wahr werden lasst und die Weichen noch einmal ganz anders stellt.

Dear Maeve

Dear Maeve

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/10/2013

Maeve's Times

Maeve's Times

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Hardback Release Date: 12/09/2013

Maeve Binchy's much-loved Irish Times writings spanned five decades. An accidental journalist whose work first appeared after her father sent in colourful accounts he had received from her travels, from the beginning her writings reflected the warmth, wit and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction. This timeless collection celebrates the work of the world's best-loved writer, in all its diversity, revealing her characteristic directness, laugh-out-loud humour and unswerving gaze into the true heart of a matter. From 'Life as a Waitress' to 'Encounters at the Airport', 'Staving Off the Senior Moments' and the hilarious 'My Theodora Story', Maeve always had her own, inimitable take on life. With an introduction written by her husband, the writer Gordon Snell, Maeve's Times reminds us of why the writings of Maeve Binchy are universally cherished, and will be for generations to come.

Das Weihnachtskind und andere Geschichten zur stillen Zeit

Das Weihnachtskind und andere Geschichten zur stillen Zeit

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2013

Der Heiligabend lauft fur Stephen ganz und gar nicht, wie er sollte. Nicht nur muss er Weihnachten zum ersten Mal ohne seine Frau verbringen, ihm wird ausgerechnet am 24.12. fristlos gekundigt. Doch dann klingelt ein Kollege an der Tur - und sorgt dafur, dass Stephen eines der schonsten Weihnachtsfeste seines Lebens feiert. In zwanzig Geschichten erzhlt die irische Bestsellerautorin Maeve Binchy von den groen und kleinen Ereignissen rund um die Advents- und Weihnachtszeit - und von den Wundern, die gerade zu dieser Zeit immer wieder mglich sind.

Was ist Gluck?

Was ist Gluck?

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2013

Mit Maeve Binchy gefuhlvoll durch die Weihnachtszeit - funf beruhrende Geschichten rund um die Liebe!"e;Parny mochte Dublin, es war klein und ein bisschen folkloristisch. Im Vergleich zu seiner Heimatstadt wirkten die Leute hier arm, und man konnte das Stadtzentrum nur schwer finden. Doch es war besser, Weihnachten hier anstatt zu Hause zu verbringen. Sehr viel besser Die irische Bestsellerautorin Maeve Binchy erzhlt in "e;Was ist Glck"e; und vier weiteren Geschichten von den groen und kleinen Ereignissen rund um das Weihnachtsfest: Eine Zeit voller Hoffnung und Erwartungen - die nicht immer erfllt werden. Doch gerade zum Fest der Liebe sind hin und wieder Wunder mglich Diese Sammlung umfasst neben der Titelgeschichte die Erzhlungen "e;Eine hoffnungsvolle Reise"e;, "e;Typisch irische Weihnachten , "e;Das beste Gasthaus der Stadt"e; und "e;Ein zivilisiertes Weihnachtsfest"e;.

Ein Glaschen zu viel

Ein Glaschen zu viel

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2013

Mit Maeve Binchy gefuhlvoll durch die Weihnachtszeit - funf beruhrende Geschichten rund um die Liebe!"e;Auch wenn man bis Ostern geblieben wre, htte Helens Mutter noch gejammert, dass man den Weihnachtsbesuch bei ihr viel zu frh abbrach. Deshalb beschlossen sie, dieses Jahr hart zu bleiben Die irische Bestsellerautorin Maeve Binchy erzhlt in "e;Ein Glschen zu viel"e; und vier weiteren Geschichten von den groen und kleinen Ereignissen rund um das Weihnachtsfest: Eine Zeit voller Hoffnung und Erwartungen - die nicht immer erfllt werden. Doch gerade zum Fest der Liebe sind hin und wieder Wunder mglich Diese Sammlung umfasst neben der Titelgeschichte die Erzhlungen "e;Gemeinsamkeiten"e;, "e;Der Weihnachts-Baramundi"e;, "e;Dieses Jahr wird alles anders"e; und "e;Ein erster Schritt"e;.

Miss Martins groter Wunsch

Miss Martins groter Wunsch

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2013

Mit Maeve Binchy gefuhlvoll durch die Weihnachtszeit - funf beruhrende Geschichten rund um die Liebe!"e;Elsa Martin war noch nie in New York gewesen. Aber sie besa einen Reisepass und sogar ein Visum fr die Vereinigten Staaten. Es stammte noch aus der Zeit, als sie glaubte, sie wrde die Flitterwochen in Florida verbringen. Aus der Zeit, als sie noch geglaubt hatte, sie wrde einmal Flitterwochen verbringen Die irische Bestsellerautorin Maeve Binchy erzhlt in "e;Miss Martins grter Wunsch"e; und vier weiteren Geschichten von den groen und kleinen Ereignissen rund um das Weihnachtsfest: Eine Zeit voller Hoffnung und Erwartungen - die nicht immer erfllt werden. Doch gerade zum Fest der Liebe sind hin und wieder Wunder mglich Diese Sammlung umfasst neben der Titelgeschichte die Erzhlungen "e;Zehn Weihnachts-Schnappschsse"e;, "e;Weihnachtshektik"e;, "e;Der Jahrestag"e; und "e;Die wundersame Wandlung"e;.

Der Weihnachtswunsch

Der Weihnachtswunsch

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 28/08/2013

Mit Maeve Binchy gefuhlvoll durch die Weihnachtszeit - funf beruhrende Geschichten rund um die Liebe!Vollkommen berraschend und in aller ffentlichkeit stellte Judith fest, dass ihr Mann eine Affre hatte. Das passierte drei Wochen vor Weihnachten und genau in dem Moment, als sie sich im Supermarkt ber die Tiefkhltruhe beugte ... Die irische Bestsellerautorin Maeve Binchy erzhlt in "e;Der Weihnachtswunsch"e; und vier weiteren Geschichten von den groen und kleinen Ereignissen rund um das Weihnachtsfest: Eine Zeit voller Hoffnung und Erwartungen - die nicht immer erfllt werden. Doch gerade zum Fest der Liebe sind hin und wieder Wunder mglich Diese Sammlung umfasst neben der Titelgeschichte die Erzhlungen "e;Die Affre"e;, "e;Die Verwechslung"e;, "e;Stephens Weihnachtsparty"e; und "e;Das Weihnachtskind"e;.