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Maeve's Times

Maeve Binchy

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Reportage & collected journalism, Fiction, Educational: English literature

Discover what inspired Maeve Binchy's novels and short stories in this hugely enjoyable collection of her writing from the Irish Times.

'Maeve's Times is funny and clever and kind, which are excellent qualities in both books and people' Irish Times

'As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives.'

Maeve Binchy is well known for her bestselling novels, but for many years Maeve was a journalist. From 'The Student Train' to 'Plane Bores' and 'Bathroom Joggers' to 'When Beckett met Binchy', these articles have all the warmth, wit and humanity of her fiction. Arranged in decades, from the 1960s to the 2000s, and including Maeve's first and last ever piece of writing for the Irish Times, the columns also give a fascinating insight into the author herself.

With an introduction written by her husband, the writer Gordon Snell, this collection of timeless writing reminds us of why the leading Irish writer was so universally loved.

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Praise for Maeve's Times

  • A true "national treasure" whose work touched lives of so many - IRISH INDEPENDENT

  • Maeve had this marvellously black sense of humour and she was wildly funny and entertaining

  • The author's great skill is to draw you into the world she creates, so that reading her books is like gossiping with old friends - DAILY EXPRESS

  • MAEVE'S TIMES is funny and clever and kind, which are excellent qualities in both books and people ... what this wonderful collection of her work for this paper from 1964 to 2011 makes abundantly clear is that she was a superb journalist - IRISH TIMES

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Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy has been a teacher, travel writer, journalist and playwright. She is married to the author and broadcaster Gordon Snell.

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