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A Week in Winter

by Maeve Binchy

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Chicky is whisked off to America by a man who soon deserts her.  She tells her parents they had married and he was then killed in a car crash so she can return to Ireland a respectable widow.  She buys Stone House and turns it into an upmarket guest house.  This is about how she restores it and the people who stay during the first week.  Each chapter is devoted to a different person or couple, a diverse bunch.  We have the usual rich tapestry of characters that we have come to expect from Maeve and it is sad to think there will be no more, as this is her last book.  She certainly hasn’t lost her touch and has finished on a high, only I do hear whispers of some short stories being discovered amongst her effects.

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Winner of the Popular Fiction Prize at the Irish Book Awards 2012.

The Queen of storytelling Maeve Binchy sadly passed away in July 2012 and A Week in Winter is her last book. Full of her trademark warmth, humour and wonderful characters, you race through the pages to find out more about them. A Week in Winter tells the stories of the owner and guests staying in a beautiful and welcoming hotel overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. With a legacy of over 40 million books sold she was an inspiration to many authors and she will be sorely missed.

Orion publishing director Susan Lamb said the book is "absolutely terrific, it's vintage Maeve, showing again what a brilliant observer she was, full of empathy but never sentimental".

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.

Sarah Broadhurst

A Week in Winter Synopsis

The Sheedy sisters had lived in Stone House for as long as anyone could remember. Set high on the cliffs on the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the windswept Atlantic ocean, it was falling into disrepair - until one woman, with a past she needed to forget, breathed new life into the place. Now a hotel, with a big, warm kitchen and log fires, it provides a welcome few can resist. Winnie is generally able to make the best of things, until she finds herself on the holiday from hell. John arrived on an impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon. And then there's Henry and Nicola, burdened with a terrible secret, who are hoping the break at Stone House will help them find a way to face the future...

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A Week in Winter Press Reviews

'A book to treasure. It's classic Maeve Binchy territory, filled with characteristic warmth and captivating storytelling' HELLO

'The final novel by late Irish author Maeve Binchy is out now. Set in a country house hotel on the West coast of Ireland it's full of her trademark warmth, humour and lovable characters.' WOMAN

'Binchy's compassion and warmth are undimmed to the very end. Over her long career as a novelist she tackled many serious issues with with the compassion, intelligence and wit that anyone who ever read her wonderful journalism would expect. ... All the characters in A WEEK IN WINTER are struggling - with traumatic memories, with isolation, with regret. Yet Binchy guides her creations through their troubles with a firm and kind hand, leaving them ready for a happier future. Maybe that's why so many readers loved her so much. That and the fact that she always knew how to tell a very good story.' IRISH TIMES

'It is no exaggeration to say that Maeve and her books were loved. Deservedly so. A WEEK IN WINTER is shot through with her trademark charm ... here is an author who had a zest for life' BELFAST TELEGRAPH

'In the final novel from the Irish legend, we meet the motley holidaymakers of Stone House hotel, each nursing their secrets or sadness during a winter break. The plot is almost irrelevant though; what matters is the warmth and charm of Binchy's storytelling.' SUNDAY EXPRESS

'This is a book designed to be read in a dark January chill; it begs for a fireside and the sound of wind and rain howling outside. ... Binchy died this year after a prolific career that began in 1982 and during which she wrote more than 20 books, all of them bestsellers. If you haven't come across her before, you've got a real treat in store.' THE LADY

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ISBN: 9781409117940
Publication date: 24/10/2013
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781409113997
Publication date: 08/11/2012
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781409117940
Publication date: 24th October 2013
Author: Maeve Binchy
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 480 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Relationship Stories,
Categories: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),

About 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 ...

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