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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

End of Term

End of Term

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Maeve Binchy's first stage play centers on three teachers in an Irish convent school as their lives are exposed by a devious schoolgirl. Originally produced by the famous Abbey Theatre, this is the world debut of Binchy's classic text.

Half-Promised Land

Half-Promised Land

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/10/2019

Best known for her endearing novels, Maeve Binchy is also an award-winning playwright. Published for the first time, Half-Promised Land deals with two young Irish women who visit a kibbutz in 1960s Israel. Binchy explores their actions and emotions as they are confronted with issues of tolerance, belonging and forgiveness, abortion, mental illnesses, and racism. Fans of Binchy's resilient, sharp-witted female characters will cherish this long-forgotten drama.

Deeply Regretted by . . .

Deeply Regretted by . . .

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/10/2019

Deeply Regretted by . . .

Deeply Regretted by . . .

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/10/2019

Light A Penny Candle

Light A Penny Candle

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2019

_____________________ 'Maeve Binchy! I love her stories and have since Light a Penny Candle.' - TOM HANKS _____________________ A FRIENDSHIP NOTHING COULD DESTROY Evacuated from Blitz-battered London, the shy Elizabeth White is sent to stay with the O'Connor family in Kilgarret, Ireland, where she strikes up an unlikely friendship with the lively, boisterous Aisling O'Connor. Neither of them were to know it would become the most important friendship of their lives. Their bond is unshakeable, enduring over turbulent years of change and chaos, joy and sorrow, soaring dreams - and searing betrayals . . . With warmth, wit and great compassion, Maeve Binchy tells a magnificent story of two women, bound together in a friendship that nothing could tear apart - not even the man who threatened to come between them forever.

Garden Party, The & Other Stories

Garden Party, The & Other Stories

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 21/12/2018

Maeve Binchy is one of Britain's most popular and bestselling authors, and this collection of four stories from the BBC Radio 4 archive shows her at her most insightful and imaginative. In The Garden Party, Helen envies her neighbour Debbie Kennedy's garden - and her life - but discovers that things are not always as they seem; while The Special Sale sees lonely Yvonne arranging a special lunch for her friend Frank and his children on the day after Christmas. The Sensible Celebration finds Lorna about to throw a small party to celebrate the decade gone by: but as she plans, she starts to think about her life, and her marriage. Finally, in Dolly's Mother, the beauty, grace and efficiency of her perfect parent have always made Dolly feel inferior - until the day of her sixteenth birthday. These four stories, never collected together in book form and unique to audio, are read by acclaimed actors Niamh Cusack, Dervla Kirwan, Doreen Hepburn and Stella McCusker. 1 CD. 57 mins.

This Year It Will Be Different Christmas Tales

This Year It Will Be Different Christmas Tales

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2018

'There's nobody like Binchy for warming the cockles, and this collection of Christmas stories warms them to white heat' Kate Saunders, The Times Christmas: a time of year when emotions run high and long-held secrets can unexpectedly surface... This Year It Will Be Different powerfully evokes the lives of wives, husbands, children, friends and lovers. As the festivities take hold, there are step-families grappling with exes; long-married couples faced with in-law problems; a wandering husband choosing between the other woman and his wife; a child caught up in a grown-up tug-of-war. 'We are all in her pages, all of us: mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, husbands, wives, children, friends, lovers . . . It is this combination of Maeve's understanding of what it is to be human, and how to cope with life, that makes her so popular' Veronica Henry, bestselling author of Christmas at the Beach Hut

Nights of Rain and Stars

Nights of Rain and Stars

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

'The perfect summer read' Mail on Sunday Maeve Binchy at her very best - the superb novel of one summer, and four people whose lives are irrevocably changed. Four strangers, with nothing in common but a need to escape, meet in a Greek taverna high above the small village of Aghia Anna. From Ireland, America, Germany and England they have each left behind their homes and their old lives, when a shocking tragedy throws them unexpectedly together. Nights of Rain and Stars is the story of one summer and four people, each with a life in turmoil - and Vonni, the Irish exile who would very much like to help them, but has demons of her own to battle . . .

Irische Sehnsucht

Irische Sehnsucht

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 28/05/2018

21 warmherzige Erzahlungen aus dem Nachlass der beliebten irischen Bestseller-Autorin. Erzahlungen aus Irland - uber Frauen, ihre Liebe, ihre Freundschaften und etwas, das wohl jede von ihnen kennt: Sehnsucht. Sara braucht einen Wegweiser im Leben und findet unerwartete Hilfe bei ihrer kreativen Tante Miriam - bis diese einen ihrer eigenen Ratschlge etwas zu gut befolgt. Rory verliebt sich in Fiona, doch die scheint unerreichbar - schlielich ist sie Radiosprecherin und er nur ein aufmerksamer Zuhrer. Und eine alleinerziehende Mutter stellt fest, dass die neue, ungeliebte Freundin ihrer Tochter unter der aufmpfigen Schale ein sehnsuchtsvolles Herz versteckt.

Maeve Binchy: Collected Stories Collected BBC Radio adaptations

Maeve Binchy: Collected Stories Collected BBC Radio adaptations

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 05/01/2017

A collection of full-cast dramatisations and readings from the bestselling author `There's nobody like Binchy for warming the cockles' Times Maeve Binchy was one of Britain's best-loved storytellers and this compilation of her finest fiction, as heard on BBC Radio, demonstrates all the warmth, wit and compassion that made her so popular. Firefly Summer is a moving, humorous novel about a sleepy Irish town facing monumental change, dramatised in six parts with a full cast including David Soul and Lorcan Cranitch. No Nightingales, No Snakes features full-cast dramatisations of five Maeve Binchy short stories, with a distinguished cast including Niamh Cusack, Sam Dale and Harry Towb. The Garden Party contains four short stories specially commissioned for BBC Radio 4, read by Niamh Cusack, Dervla Kirwan, Doreen Hepburn and Stella McCusker. The Homecoming comprises four more stories exclusively written for BBC Radio 4, read by Sean Campion, Joanna Myers, Patricia Hodge and Kate Binchy. Dealing with families, friendship, love, loss, sorrow and joy, these stories will delight all Maeve Binchy fans. Duration: 6 hours approx

Sister Caravaggio

Sister Caravaggio

Author: Maeve Binchy, Peter Cunningham, Neil Donnelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/09/2016

A Few of the Girls

A Few of the Girls

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/06/2016

'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, and 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. From her earliest writing to her most recent, Maeve's work has included wonderfully nostalgic pieces and also sharp, often witty writing which is insightful and topical. But at the heart of all Maeve's fiction are the people and their relationships with each other. A FEW OF THE GIRLS is a glorious collection of the very best of her writing, full of the warmth, charm and humour that has always been essentially Maeve.

September Letters

September Letters

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 08/05/2016

A Vintage Shorts ';Short Story Month' Original Selection It starts out like any other dull day in a busy airport bar. James, the bartender, would much rather serve regulars at a local pub than cranky travelers. Katy and Colin have been involved in a longtime affair that comes to literal blows when he reveals that he hasn't kept his promise to leave his wife. Between some quick thinking by James and the kindness of an American couple, Jean and Maurice, the situation is defused. And Jean's insistence that they all stay in touch sparks friendships that are maintained across the ocean. But after nearly a decade of writing annual letters, she reveals a secret that casts the events of that day in a whole new light The recent New York Times best seller,A Few of the Girls, is a collection of Maeve's beloved short stories that one reviewer called ';reminiscent of a letter from an old friend.' We are lucky that there are even more stories for her readers. In ';The September Letters,' never before published in the United States, Maeve once again brings us into the lives of ordinary people where chance meetings have the potential to change lives.An ebook short.

Few of the Girls

Few of the Girls

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2016

From Maeve Binchy's earliest writings to the most recent, her work is filled with wisdom and common sense and also a sharp, often witty voice that is insightful and reaches out to her readers around the world and of all ages. Whether it is one of her best-selling novels or a short story, Maeve shows us that times may have changed, but people often remain the same: they fall in love, sometimes unsuitably; they have hopes and dreams; they have deep, long-standing friends whose secrets are shared; they go on holidays and celebrate new jobs . . . A Few of the Girls is a glorious collection of the very best of her short story writing, stories that were written over the decadessome published in magazines, others for friends as gifts, many for charity benefits. The stories are all filled with the signature warmth and humor that have always been an essential part of Maeve's appeal.From the Hardcover edition.

Dusty's Winter

Dusty's Winter

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 02/02/2016

Dusty grows up caring for her family, and, once she is old enough to organize her own affairs, she takes great care to move out of her parents' home. Soon, Dusty is able to accomplish a great deal: she works long hours and is made senior partner at her firm, she keeps her own flat, and she falls hopelessly and irresponsibly in love with a married man. But, when her father telephones to report some disturbing news, Dusty must return home for the winter. There, heartbroken but still dutiful, Dusty finally reunites with her oldest friends. First published in the US as part of her encouraging book of missives to aspiring writers, The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club, ';Dusty's Winter' is essential Maeve. Inspiring and down-to-earth, her stories are full of the stuff of everyday life. Ireland's ';best-loved writer of her generation,' Maeve Binchy often wrote about ordinary life in small-town Ireland, and she is fondly remembered for the warmth and generosity of her prose. Maeve Binchy has received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross Award in 2007 and is the author of many bestselling books including Maeve's Times, Chestnut Street, and A Week in Winter. An eBook short.

A Few of the Girls

A Few of the Girls

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback 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. From her earliest writing to her most recent, Maeve's work has included wonderfully nostalgic pieces and also sharp, often witty writing which is insightful and topical. But at the heart of all Maeve's fiction are the people and their relationships with each other. A FEW OF THE GIRLS is a glorious collection of the very best of her stories, full of the warmth, charm and humour that has always been an essential part of all of Maeve's writing.