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The Return Journey

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Twenty-one linked short stories with travel the overall theme. Featuring jet-setters to homely couples, sad people to warm folk, in fact all walks of life, they contain characters brilliantly ‘fleshed out’ in just a few words – Binchy’s hallmark – and the sort of book you really don’t want to come to an end. A lovely collection.

Comparison: Veronica Henry, Adriana Trigiani, Claudia Carroll.

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

Who is Sarah Broadhurst

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. A very enjoyable collection of 21 short stories on the theme of travel. Maeve Binchy brings her typical warmth, wit and insight to the subject of journeys, each engaging tale showing a character in his or her true light, or revealing a surprise or unexpected opportunity. Airports and hotels, short stays and longer ones, all provide the setting and scope for life-changing meetings or far-reaching decisions.


The Return Journey by Maeve Binchy

A secretary's silent passion for her boss meets the acid test on a business trip; a man and a woman's mutual disdain at first sight shows how deceptive appearances can be; an insecure wife clings to the illusion of order, only to discover chaos at the hands of a house-sitter who opens the wrong doors; a pair of star-crossed travellers pick up each other's bags, and then learn when you unlock a stranger's suitcase, you enter a stranger's life. These and many more poignant, ironic, often humorous stories - unforgettable slices of life - show why Maeve Binchy is one of the world's favourite storytellers.


Binchy fans will be delighted with this. -- Natasha Harding * THE SUN * The perfect poolside read that will take you from desire to devastation in the turn of a few pages. * DAILY EXPRESS * Fourteen heart-felt stories of life and love * WOMAN & HOME *

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.

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10th June 2010


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


432 pages


Relationship Stories
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