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The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy

The Glass Lake

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Repercussions for a whole family when the mother goes missing, presumed drowned. Village life with all it’s characters and twists and turns brought on by one event. Maeve Binchy doing a great job of keeping the reader glued with every twist and turn of the plot. One of her best.

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


The Glass Lake by Maeve Binchy

Kit McMahon lives in the small Irish town of Lough Glass, where everyone knows everyone; children who walk to school together grow up and become sweethearts and marry, people gossip and grumble and dream their lives away. For it is a place where change comes slowly.

Until one day, beautiful, mysterious Helen McMahon disappears, presumed drowned in the lake, and then the gossip runs wild. The consequences for Helen's husband, her son, but above all for her daughter, Kit, are unimaginable and will leave not one of their lives unchanged.


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 * Binchy is a consummate storyteller who involves the reader in the world she creates... Binchy is a Dickens: she writes about the dilemmas of human beings with a backdrop which describes the manners and morals of a society * IRISH TIMES * You can see why, for a legion of female readers, Maeve Binchy is a one-woman opiate of the people * Evening Standard * Maeve Binchy's work continues to inspire ... thought-provoking, warm and funny in equal measure * Woman * She is one of the few writers who can pull at your heartstrings ... The author's great skill is to draw you into the world she creates, so that reading her books is like gossiping with old friends * DAILY EXPRESS * Maeve Binchy really knows what makes women tick. She crystallises their hopes, dreams and passions in her novels and now she has done it again in THE GLASS LAKE ... a marvellous read * DAILY MIRROR * THE GLASS LAKE is Maeve Binchy at her spellbinding best - you'll never want it to end * WOMAN'S JOURNAL *

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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29th June 2005


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Orion Publishing Co


704 pages


Romantic Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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