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This Year It Will Be Different by Maeve Binchy

This Year It Will Be Different

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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 collections.

If you like Maeve Binchy you might also like to read books by Amanda Brookfield, Sarah Challis and Deirdre Purcell.


This Year It Will Be Different by Maeve Binchy

Filled with Maeve Binchy's trademark wit and true storytelling genius, THIS YEAR IT WILL BE DIFFERENT powerfully evokes the lives of wives, husbands, children, friends and lovers.

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...

Warm, witty and with a deep understanding of what makes us tick, THIS YEAR IT WILL BE DIFFERENT superbly demonstrates why Maeve Binchy's stories have become world-beaters.


'There's nobody like Binchy for warming the cockles, and this collection of Christmas stories warms them to white heat.' Kate Saunders, THE TIMES

'with her gift for effortless characterisation and homely detail, she evokes power shifts in families, unwelcome discoveries, conspiracies, affairs, forgiveness, sorrow and the rebirth of optimism with her usual warmth and sympathy.' Elizabeth Buchan, SUNDAY TIMES

'Brilliant, family-oriented short stories ... Binchy fans will love it - i did! 5/5' WOMAN'S OWN

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.


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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4th September 2008


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Orion Publishing Co


400 pages


Romantic Fiction
Family Drama
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
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