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Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy
  

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These 36 short stories were written over many decades and have now been published posthumously. They all feature the inhabitants of Chestnut Street in Dublin though there is little connection between the stories. They all concern relationships: mother/daughter, father/son, disillusionment, kindness, meanness, infidelity, unexpected friendships and more. Typical of this writer, within a paragraph we are drawn into each life and become concerned for the outcome aswe are treated to a whole gamut of emotions and, again typical of this lovely writer, every one ends on a note of hope and warmth.

If you like Maeve Binchy you might also like to read books by Victoria Henry, Carole Matthews and Deirdre Purcell.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Maeve Binchy was a wonderful chronicler of human foibles, her last bewitching, bittersweet collection full of warmth and shrewd character studies. In Dublin’s Chestnut Street new friends appear: devoted daughter Lilian and the thrifty fiancé her friends worry will bring her unhappiness; Kevin the quiet taxi driver who plays a small but vital role in his passengers’ lives; and Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner with the wayward son.
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Synopsis

Chestnut Street by 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 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'...

Reviews

The author gives us one last extraordinary look at ordinary people as they struggle with family relationships, romances gone awry, and the possibility for a better future ... all with Binchy's thoughtful and loving touch that will be sorely missed - PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

About the Author

Maeve Binchy

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

24th April 2014

Author

Maeve Binchy

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Author's Website

www.maevebinchy.com/

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
400 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Relationship Stories
Short Story Collections
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781409151784

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