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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

The Copper Beech

The Copper Beech

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/07/2003

'Her storytelling ability is second to none' Mail on Sunday An old copper beech overlooks a school, and witnesses all the hopes and loves, dreams and ambitions of the children who grew up there... Shancarrig School stands in the shade of a glorious old copper beech whose colours tell the passing of the seasons and the years: a tree that has watched over many lives. The school mistress keeps a careful eye on the children, each of whom have their own hopes, dreams and ambitions for the future. As the children grow up, and become parents themselves, their stories are entwined in this gloriously nostalgic novel from the No.1 bestselling author.

Aches & Pains

Aches & Pains

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/08/2002

A brilliantly funny guide to the trials and tribulations of hospitals and convalescence - from No. 1 bestselling author Maeve Binchy. Get the feel-better factor from Maeve Binchy as she teams up with artist Wendy Shea to bring us ACHES & PAINS. This gem of a book includes: Five things you can say to annoy the patient in the next bed How to put on elastic stockings Six ways to make non-alcoholic drinks bearable How to be the perfect hospital visitor Unusual but essential things for your medicine cupboard Filled with the fun, warmth and wisdom for which Maeve Binchy is famous, ACHES & PAINS is the perfect alternative to a Get Well card.

The Builders

The Builders

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2001

Scarlet Feather

Scarlet Feather

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/04/2001

'I literally could not put the book down' Sunday Express Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have decided to create the best catering company in Dublin. They have plenty of talent, the perfect premises, and even a few contacts. But not everyone is as pleased by the idea of 'Scarlet Feather' as they are. Tom's parents are disappointed that he has turned his back on the family business. Cathy's mother-in-law believes Cathy should be at home. And Tom's relationship with his beautiful, ambitious girlfriend is slowly disintegrating. As Cathy and Tom strive to maintain their emotional ties amidst catering triumphs and disasters, they find both support and opposition where they least expect it. 'Drama, humour, warmth and great characters - it's what we expect from Maeve Binchy, one of the world's best-loved writers' Woman's Weekly

Aches and Pains

Aches and Pains

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/08/1999

Circle Of Friends

Circle Of Friends

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/03/1995

Dublin 4

Dublin 4

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/01/1993

No Nightingales, No Snakes

No Nightingales, No Snakes

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Ireland is neither cursed with snakes, nor blessed with nightingales, and the characters in Maeve Binchy's fiction occupy the same middle ground. These five stories, specially dramatised for BBC Radio 4, feature modern Irishwomen emerging from a culture where they knew their place into a more hazardous, but more rewarding light. In 'The Night People Came In For Something That Was No Trouble', Cara's envy of another couple's disingenuous ease at giving dinner parties spurs her to plan the perfect 'casual' evening down to the last detail - but things don't go as she'd intended. 'The Stepson' sees Clare walking on eggshells, taking great care not to try to replace her stepson Simon's dead mother: until she finally attempts to break through his hostile diffidence. 'Decisions at Sea' finds Tessa, an overlooked but good-tempered secretary, heading out on a cruise, where she faces a big decision. In 'The Answer Machine', Biddy reasons that her family need an answer machine for Christmas, and gives it to them early - but by Christmas, she is beginning to regret the whole idea. And in 'By The Time We Get to Clifden', Nessa and her husband Harry are planning their annual break to Clifden, when neighbour Melly seeks their help, and ends up changing their itinerary and their lives. Featuring a full cast including Niamh Cusack, Sam Dale and Harry Towb, these five Maeve Binchy stories are all typically warm, wry and witty.

Firefly Summer

Firefly Summer

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

In Mountfern, life meanders as slowly as the river running through it. The pace has hardly changed since the great house burned down in the Troubles and its shell became an ivy-clad playground for the local children. But when Patrick O'Neill arrives from the States with grand plans to turn the ruins of Fernscourt into Ireland's finest hotel, ripples begin to appear on the surface calm of this backwater. Brimming with speculation about the wealthy, charming American, the little community wonders how he will affect their lives. Unfortunately, some will learn all too painfully that their peaceful world is about to be changed irreversibly, and that new friendships, passions and tragedies will destroy the old Mountfern forever. All the warmth and wit of Maeve Binchy's original novel is captured in this compelling BBC Radio 4 dramatisation, starring David Soul as Patrick O'Neill, with Lorcan Cranitch as John Ryan.

Garden Party, The and Other Stories

Garden Party, The and Other Stories

Author: Maeve Binchy Format: eBook Release Date: 01/01/1970

Four Maeve Binchy short stories, specially commissioned for BBC Radio 4. 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.