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About the Author
Maeve Binchy 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 more than twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for film and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. She was married to writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for thirty-five years. She passed away in 2012 at the age of seventy-two.
"An Irish Thorn Birds...complete and rewarding."--Newsday
"A find...so rich and engrossing you can forget your own problems."--Glamour "A remarkably gifted writer...a wonderful student of human nature."--The New York Times Book Review "Reading one of Maeve Binchy's novels is like coming home."--The Washington Post
"Binchy is a grand storyteller in the finest Irish tradition...she writes from the heart."--The Cleveland Plain Dealer "Binchy's genius is transforming storytelling into art."--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle "Binchy's tales combine warmth and spunk in a quintessentially Celtic way...In the field of women's popular fiction, the Dublin storyteller sticks out like a faultless solitaire on a Woolworth's jewelry counter."--Chicago Tribune