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Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy
  

Heart and Soul

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The brand new novel from Maeve Binchy is another tale of family and relationship dramas. The story centres round Clara Casey, who is finding her two grown daughters more of a handful now than when they were teenagers. Not only that but her new job as a senior cardiac specialist has just started and everyone seems to want a piece of her.

Father Flynn risks having his reputation torn to shreds and Declan is looking forward to joining a quiet country clinic. The perfect set up from some great story telling in Binchy’s inimitable style.

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

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Heart and Soul by Maeve Binchy

Clara Casey has more than enough on her plate. Her daughters Adi and Linda were no problem at all during the usually turbulent teens. Now in their twenties, Adi is always fighting for or against something: the environment or the whale or battery farming; while Linda lurches from one unsatisfactory relationship to the next. As if this wasn't enough, Clara, a senior cardiac specialist, has a new job to cope with...

For Anya, meeting Clara Casey is a miracle: she had never intended to leave her beloved Poland, but after the love of her life has turned sour, her world seems rather empty. Perhaps a new job in a new country will mend her broken heart?

Declan is looking forward to joining the clinic - but the six-month posting brings him much more than he expected. Then there's Father Brian Flynn, who finds his doubts about his calling are assuaged by work in his new parish. But when an acquaintance turns into a nightmare he needs help to rescue his reputation...

Reviews

Maeve Binchy's latest novel is packed as usual with wonderful characters ... Full of warmth, caring and commonsense. CHOICE She knows how to fashion a minor drama into a crisis, and book rattles along from one gripping story to another, leaving the reader with a satisfying glow ... It does exactly what it says on the tin: gives and heart and soul. DAILY MAIL Oh, the bliss ... Maeve's back, on top form ... The heart is the theme, literally and metaphorically, and this is heartwarming stuff - sweet but never cloying. THE TIMES Maeve Binchy's comfy prose is as warming as cocoa. METRO To read it is like being wrapped up in pink blanket with a hot-water bottle - but, make no mistake, there is magic at work. -- Elizabeth Buchan THE SUNDAY TIMES ... Heart and Soul is another instant classic, infused with Maeve's trademark warmth, charm and compassion. ... she is the Queen of Fiction and one of the funniest and and best-loved storytellers in the world. ... once you read Maeve you are hooked for life. -- Niamh Greene IRISH TIMES The title is a good indicator of the kind of cockle-warming yarn Maeve Binchy has woven here. DAILY TELEGRAPH


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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Publication date

2nd October 2008

Author

Maeve Binchy

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Publisher

Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
464 pages

Categories

Romantic Fiction
Family Drama
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780752873367

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