Maeve Binchy Great Irish story teller

My Favorite Woman Author

Present in most People's Collections
Present in most People's Collections
One of her Delightful titles.
One of her Delightful titles.
Translated into so many Languages
Translated into so many Languages
Impossible to put down. A Collection of short Stories
Impossible to put down. A Collection of short Stories

Quiet Reflections From an Irish Life

I came upon Maeve Binchy quite by accident when a friend passed "Light a Penny Candle " to me while we were traveling through France together. The book, her first novel, was easy to read and immensely enjoyable. Her characters are Irish to the core and many of her books are set in Ireland or the people have Irish roots. As I was born in Wales, just over the Irish Sea from Ireland, there were many similarities.The main difference is that the Roman Catholic Church at the time of writing, held sway in that Country whereas Chapel in its many guises ruled the roost in Wales.

Her stories are refreshing as she builds up a background for her characters that is very detailed and makes them almost tangible. The way of life of the Irish people is set out as a much more simple one than life today, no cell phones, little TV and lots of church going.

Maeve's descriptions of people and places are delicate and detailed. Beautiful places are made real by her touch. Situations are believable and usually by the second chapter you find yourself living the story. Even if characters are transplanted to Italy or London, their Irishness shines through. They are not hardened by life, they retain Irish charm and thoughtfulness/

Having read most of her writings, I find her books impossible to put down. Although her books are in sharp contrast to the John Grisham, Michael Connally and Michael Chrichton mysteries I usually enjoy, Maeve Binchy's quiet tales of a simpler life have a very soothing effect. Her unraveling of life styles and her understanding of human nature and the clever twists to the endings are entrancing. Rereading her books is never dull as there is always something new to glean from her tales of convoluted domestic situations. Possibly more appealing to the female reader she may be, I like Maeve Binchy and would recommend her stories to any one.

Maeve Binchy was born on 28 th May 1940 in Ireland. She was a teacher before she started writing novels. She has written nine collections of short stories as well as her fifteen stories. Although she stated not long ago that she was going to stop writing, she keeps them coming. I for one will be delighted with each new offering. Thank you Maeve Binchy!

30 th July 2012, just read the sad news that Maeve has died after a short illness at the age of 72. The literary world will be a lesser place without her. R.I.P Maeve. So sad.


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Perfect Companion at the Coffee Shop
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Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

Love her as an author; her books are so easy to read, and so well written.

Nice job.......... one of my favorite authors to take with me to the beach!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Absolutely! Glad you like her too. Thanks for stopping by.


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itakins 7 years ago from Irl

I love this-as a fellow country woman of Maeve Binchy's-it's such a thrill to see her receiving such praise-she is indeed a wonderful writer and a lovely person.

Thank you too for your nice compliment to the Irish people-sure we ooze charm from every pore!


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thank you for dropping by. How nice to have a comment from a genuine charming Irish person! I see you are from Wicklow which is where my partner's ancestors left for New Zealnd on the Blue Jacket in the mid 1800s. We intend to come and investigate the area soon as there are lots of people with his surname in the area still.


Zollstock 7 years ago

I am stoked you wrote about her and share that passion for her writing. She tells tales of an Ireland I fell in love with over a decade ago. Her female protagonists always surprise and still maintain Irish qualities, and although they often challenge traditional roles, remain thoroughly female in the end. She's only topped by one other female author, in my humble (and German-biased :) opinion: Ursula Hegi.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Zollstock, her writing is very special and I love Ireland too. I shall look up your Ursula Hegi in the library next time I'm there Thanks for stopping by.


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Rose West 7 years ago from Michigan

Thanks for introducing me to Maeve Binchy! I'm intrigued...I'll to keep a lookout for her books.


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Gypsy Willow 7 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Rose, do let me know how you get on. I hope you enjoy them. Maeve will introduce you to Ireland too, magical like Hawaii but maybe wetter and it has Guiness. Thanks for stopping by.


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BEAUTYBABE 7 years ago from QUEENSLAND AUSTRALIA.

Hi Gypsy it is BB,

You are a lady after my own heart. I fell in love with Maeve Binchy's books when I was given one to read while I was convalescing in hospital after my stroke. I could not put it down, and then I bought another when I got discharge, then another one again. I just love the way she describes her scenes around the Irish continent and I loved Ireland when I visited there on my trip to the UK when I was just 24. What a fantastic country, although I had a bit of trouble with the lingo, they could understand me better than I could understand them. I will have to read another one again soon a it has been too long and you just reminded me how good they are. Thanks heaps again God Bless BB


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Joy At Home 6 years ago from United States

These stories sound beautiful. I've never heard of this author, but I'll take your word and give her a try...just as soon as I make it through the mountain of books already awaiting me!


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi BB

I find her stories quite uplifting and so true to life. Glad you enjoy them too Hope you get to read another one soon. Keep well! GW

Hi Joy I bet you enjoy them. Skip the queue and try one soon. let me know what you think.


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lrohner 6 years ago from USA

Hey granny! :) I hadn't heard about Maeve Binchy until now, but you can be sure that I will buy them now! Great hub.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Irohner. Great to hear from you. Hope all is going well now. When you have a spare moment, Maeve Binchy will spirit you away to a different world. I hope you enjoy her!


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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA

I haven't read any of her books, however, I think that I will now. Loved this hub. Thank you


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thanks for stopping by, Ladybird. I think you will enjoy them and she wrote a lot!


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Zsuzsy Bee 6 years ago from Ontario/Canada

I can honestly say that I probably read just about all of her books. Some I liked better then others with Heart and Soul being my favorite. Maeve Binchy books are always my traveling books I really enjoy her insight, humor and compassion.

Great hub about a great writer

regards Zsuzsy


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Hi Zsuzsy I agree they are perfect traveling books. Maeve has a way of writing page turners. Makes you want to visit Ireland, doesn't it?


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Teresa Laurente 6 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

Thank you for sharing this. I will find her books also. Take care.


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Gypsy Willow 6 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Dear Teresa, I hope you enjoy them. She is a very compassionate writer who will appeal to you, I'm sure. Thanks for dropping by.


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Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

Maeve Binchy is my favorite author. Tara Road is my favorite book written by her. I was so sad to hear of her passing. Thank you, Ms. Binchy, for all the reading pleasure over the years.


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Totally agree with your sentiments. She will be sorely missed.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Maeve Binchy certainly provides a taste of Ireland. Time for me to get another book...Tara Road sounds good....my oldest daughter is Tara.

I enjoyed this hub and your telling why you love her books!

Voted up and interesting.


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Gypsy Willow 4 years ago from Lake Tahoe Nevada USA , Wales UK and Taupo New Zealand Author

Thank you tillsontitan. I love the homeliness of her writing. Like eating good chocolate biscuits! Thanks for coming by.


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Silva Hayes 4 years ago from Spicewood, Texas

You will enjoy Tara Road ... all the characters are so real. Scarlet Feather is good also.

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