Maeve Binchy

One of Ireland's all-time most popular authors.

28/05/1940 - 30/07/2012

Maeve Binchy biography and information

  • Maeve Binchy Snell, known as Maeve Binchy, was an Irish novelist, short story writer, playwright, and columnist.
  • She was popular all over the world, having been translated into 37 languages, and was even featured on Oprah Winfrey's Book Club.
  • Her books are almost entirely set in Ireland and deal with subjects such as the contrasts between urban and rural life and the differences between England and Ireland.
  • Her humourous and kind-hearted take on the world were a huge contributor to her success.
  • Maeve Binchy died on 30 July 2012 after a short illness. Tributes poured in from around Ireland including from such writers as John Banville and Colm Toibin.

Book and writing awards

British Book Award for Lifetime Achievement 1999, W H Smith Book Award for Fiction 2001 (Scarlet Feather), Irish PEN Award 2007, Irish Book Award for Irish Popular Fiction 2010 (A Week in Winter).

Similar authors to Maeve Binchy

Rosamund PilcherJojo Moyes, and Joanna Trollope.

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Books by Maeve Binchy

A Week in Winter
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Chestnut Street
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Circle Of Friends
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Light A Penny Candle
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A Few of the Girls
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Firefly Summer
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The Lilac Bus
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Tara Road
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Silver Wedding
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Minding Frankie
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Nights of Rain and Stars
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Heart and Soul
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The Return Journey
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Maeve's Times

Posted on 7th Sep, 2013 by Guest contributor

Fans of Maeve Binchy, who sadly died last year, can look forward to a new collection of her journalistic musings in Maeve's Times - and we have an extract to share with you...