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Maeve Binchy

 

It was with immense sadness that we announced the death of Maeve Binchy on 30 July 2012 in Dublin. She was a weaver of magic whose stories touched the hearts of millions. She died far too soon; she had many more stories to tell. She will be sorely missed by her family, her friends, her publishers and her readers throughout the world.

Maeve Binchy was born in Co Dublin and went to school at the Holy Child Convent in Killiney. She took a history degree at UCD and taught in various girls' schools, writing travel articles in the long summer holidays. In 1969 she joined the Irish Times. For some ten years she was based in London writing humorous columns from all over the world, before returning to Ireland where she now lives with her husband, writer Gordon Snell.

She is the author of several volumes of short stories: among them London Transports and Dublin 4; The Lilac Bus (which has been filmed for television), and Silver Wedding. Her novels include Light a Penny Candle, Echoes (the TV adaptation of which has been shown throughout the world), Firefly Summer, Circle of Friends, (which became a motion picture starring Chris O'Donnell and Minnie Driver), The Copper Beech, The Glass Lake, Evening Class and Tara Road, Aches and Pains illustrated by Wendy Shea; then came Scarlet Feather and Quentins, Nights of Rain and Stars and Whitethorn Woods all of which spent many weeks on the bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic. Her last bestseller is A Week in Winter, which is available now in hardcover in the US and the UK as well as in translation.

She was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the British Book Awards in 1999.

More info at www.maevebinchy.com .

 

Maeve Binchy

Books

 

A Few of the Girls

From her earliest writing to her most recent, Maeve's work has included wonderfully nostalgic pieces and also sharp, often witty writing which is insightful and topical. But at the heart fo all Maeve's fiction are the people and their relationships with each other. A Few of the Girls is a glorious collection of the very best of her writing, full of the warmth, charm and humour that has always been essentially Maeve.

 

Chestnut Street

Chestnut Street

Just around the corner from St Jarlath's Crescent is Chestnut Street. Here the lives of the residents are revealed in a collection of stories spanning three decades. This collection was planned by Maeve before she died in 2012 and has an introduction by her husband, Gordon Snell.

 

Chestnut Street

Maeve's Times

Maeve was loved for her journalism as well as her fiction, and her writings for the Irish Times spanned five decades. With an introduction written by her husband, Gordon Snell, this collection reminds us of why Maeve was so universally cherished.

 

Maeve's Times

A Week in Winter

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...

 

A Week in Winter

Minding Frankie

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

Heart and Soul

Clara Casey, senior cardiac specialist, has a new job to cope with, daughters to contend with and now her ex-husband wants something from her too. Declan is looking forward to joining the clinic – but a simple six-month posting brings him far more than he expected. For Ania, meeting Clara Casey is a miracle; but will nurse Fiona be able to leave her troubled past behind?

 

Heart and Soul

Whitethorn Woods

Everything is changing in Rossmore. No longer a sleepy Irish town; nowadays it's so busy that a new bypass has been proposed. But the road will go right through the Whitethorn Woods and the well dedicated to St Ann...

 

Whitethorn Woods

Nights of Rain and Stars

Four strangers, with nothing in common but a need to escape, meet in a Greek taverna high above the small village of Aghia Anna. From Ireland, America, Germany and England, they have each left their homes and their old lives, when a shocking tragedy throws them unexpectedly together.

 

Nights of Rain and Stars

Quentins

Every table at Quentins restaurant in Dublin has a thousand stories to tell. Now Ella Brady wants to make a documentary, but in doing so, she must confront a devastating dilemma in her own life...

 

Quentins

Scarlet Feather

Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have decided to create the best catering company in Dublin. They’ve found the perfect premises, they’ve got heaps of talent, and they even have a few contacts – but not everyone seems as please by the idea of "Scarlet Feather" as they are.

 

Scarlet Feather

Tara Road

Ria Lynch and Marilyn Vine have never met before they decide to exchange homes for the summer. Ria goes to America in the hope that it will sort out the crisis in her life that is threatening to destroy her. Marilyn goes to Ireland to recover in peace from the tragedy which she keeps secret from the world, little realising that Tara Road will prove to be the least quiet place on earth.

 

Tara Road

Evening Class

The new Italian evening class at Mountainview School in Dublin is like hundreds of others starting up all over the city – but this one has its own special quality... the hopes and dreams of so many people are tied up in the twice-weekly lessons.

 

Evening Class

Glass Lake

To the outsider Kit McMahon, growing up in the lakeside village of Lough Glass, leads a charmed life. But Kit worries about her mother. Helen McMahon does not fit in with the people and the ways of Lough Glass. She wanders alone by the lake night after night – until the dark windy night when she disappears.

 

Glass Lake

The Copper Beech

Eight children once carved their names on the trunk of the great copper beech tree which shades the schoolhouse in Shancarrig. Now those children are grown. For each their hometown of Shancarrig holds special memories – some too private ever to be told.

 

The Copper Beech

Cirle of Friends

Benny and Eve are best friends in the small Irish town of Knockglen. On their first day at University College, Dublin, an accident brings the pair together with fellow students Nan Malone and Jack Foley, and new friendships are quickly struck. But beneath their carefree student existence, trouble is brewing for the circle of friends.

 

Circle of Friends

Silver Wedding

A unique family occasion is looming for the Doyles. Desmond and Deirdre will have been married for twenty-five years in October. Naturally there must be a celebration – but who is going to arrange it? And will the right people come? It is unthinkable not to have a party, but do Desmond and Deirdre Doyle really want one?

 

Silver Wedding

Firefly Summer

Dara and Michael Ryan and their friends play in the ivy-clad ruins of Fernscourt, the great house burned down during the Troubles. No one in Mountfern has the slightest inkling of what it will mean for their lives when the ruins are bought by an Irish American with a dream in his heart and a great deal of money in his pocket.

 

Firefly Summer

Lilac Bus

Every Friday night Tom Fitzgerald’s lilac-coloured minibus is a meeting place for the same cast of seven, who always use it to travel home from Dublin to spend the weekend in Rathdoon.

 

Lilac Bus

Echoes

Two very different children are growing up, shouting their hearts' desires into the echo cave, praying that their destiny will lead them far away from the town in which they live.

 

Echoes

Light a Penny Candle

Through twenty years of friendship Aisling O’Connor and Elizabeth White’s paths will cross and re-cross. As they face their loves, their marriages and their disappointments, they come to realise that not all problems will be solved, nor all wishes granted by lighting a penny candle.

 

Light a Penny Candle

Return Journey

The Return Journey brings us sons and lovers, daughters and strangers, husbands and wives in their infinite variety – powerfully compelling stories of love, loss, revelation, and reconciliation.

 

Return Journey

This Year It Will Be Different

The stories in This Year It Will Be Different powerfully evoke many lives, during the one holiday when feelings cannot be easily hidden.

 

This Year It Will Be Different

Dublin 4

A society hostess entertains her husband's mistress to dinner; a country girl savours the delights of city life; a student faces the dilemma of unmarried pregnancy and a drink-ridden photographer tries to re-launch a shattered career… In the US these stories are published in the same volume as The Lilac Bus.

 

Dublin 4

Victoria Line, Central Line

Millions of people travel on London's tube every day yet we usually give our fellow passengers only a cursory glance. But these stories enter the lives of such nameless people with engrossing results.

Originally published as two separate volumes, Maeve's first collections are also known as London Transports in the US.

 

Victoria Line, Central Line