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Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

Minding Frankie

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Selected by Sarah Broadhurst

A great family tale about the power of love and friendships. Noel finds himself left alone to bring up baby Frankie but Noel is a troubled soul himself and when Social Workers start threatening to take Frankie away family and friends soon start to rally round and support him in his hope to turn his life around.

June 2011 Book of the Month and eBook of the Month.

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

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Minding Frankie by Maeve Binchy

Baby Frankie is born into an unusual family. Her mother is desperate to find someone to take care of her child and she doesn't have much time. Noel doesn't seem to be the most promising of fathers but despite everything, he could well be Frankie's best hope. As for Lisa, she is prepared to give up everything for the man she loves; surely he's going to love her back? And Moira is having none of it. She knows what's right, and has the power to change the course of Frankie's life ...but Moira is hiding secrets of her own. MINDING FRANKIE is a story about unconventional families, relationships which aren't quite what they seem, and the child at the heart of everyone's lives...


A must read book. * WOMAN'S WAY * Populated by a huge cast of completely believable characters, Minding Frankie is a delight of a book. * THE UNIVERSE * Maeve Binchy's novel are just the kind of comforting companions so many women can't wait to take to bed. ...Binchy's prose flows as naturally as conversation with a good friend. * THE LADY * It'll restore your faith in humanity. * ESSENTIALS * Binchy ... is a class act. * DAILY EXPRESS * Maeve Binchy is a sublime storyteller, and with MINDING FRANKIE you are captured from the very first page until the final poignant last sentence. Her characters are always well drawn and this book is no exception, you are taken inside their lives and relationships. If you are looking for a book for a very satisfying weekend, or autumn read, this is absolutely perfect! Highly Recommended! * HOT BRANDS COOL PLACES * In 27 years Maeve Binchy has sold more than 40 million books. MINDING FRANKIE is a reminder of the author's savvy ability to delivery what her loyal following has come to expect. * IRISH TIMES * A heart-warming tale of how affection and determination can deliver the love a child needs to flourish in an unconventional environment. * GOOD BOOK GUIDE * A delightful book about an unusual family * IRISH NEWS * This highly acclaimed Irish author has produced yet another heart-warmer ... a lovely story of unconventional relationships and the importance of children. * SOUTH WALES ARGUS * An absolute delight from the most loved of storytellers. Maeve Binchy works her usual magic as we unravel the truth and joy - and sadness too - behind the story of two young people as they grow up to find fulfilment. * MY WEEKLY * One of our best-loved novelists weaves an intriguing story. * WOMAN'S OWN * Binchy weaves her magic once again in an addictive story about families and people who aren't always quite what they seem. * 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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9th June 2011


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


496 pages


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