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Recent books

A Few of the Girls by Maeve Bincy (November 2015)

Maeve Binchy's bestselling novels not only tell wonderful stories, they also show that while times change, people often remain the same: they fall in love, sometimes unsuitably; they have hopes and dreams; they have deep, long-standing friendships, and some that fall apart.  Maeve's work has included wonderfully nostalgic pieces and also sharp, often witty writing which is insightful and topical.

But at the heart of 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.

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 was published in 1982 and she went on to write many bestsellers, several of which have been adapted for cinema and television.

Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and in 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland.  She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012.
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