Full House

Full House

Book rating: 05 Paperback Quick Reads

By (author) Maeve Binchy

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Dee loves her children very much, but now they are all grown up, shouldn't they leave home? Rosie moved out when she got married, but it didn't work out, so now she is back with her parents. Helen is a teacher, and doesn't earn enough for a place of her own. Anthony writes songs, and is just waiting for the day when someone will pay him for them. Until then, all three are happy at home. It doesn't cost them anything, and surely their parents like having a full house? When a crisis occurs, Dee decides things have to change for the whole family...whether they like it or not.

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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 over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD. Maeve Binchy received a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the BRITISH BOOK AWARDS in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A. T. CROSS AWARD in 2007. 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. Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.com

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By Marianne Vincent 30 Jul 2012 5

Full House is a novella by Maeve Binchy in the Quick Reads series. The story centres on Dee and Liam Nolan, residents of St. Jarlath's Cres in Dublin, an address with which Binchy fans will be familiar. Dee and Liam have two adult daughters and a son, all still living at home, none of whom contribute financially or practically to the running of the household. Rosie was married to Ronan for all of what seemed like 10 minutes before she returned home with a list of complaints about married life; Helen is a teacher with grand if impractical ideas for her students; Anthony is waiting for the songs he writes to make him famous, spends every minute listening to his iPod and has never had a job. It's true that Dee and Liam have made a rod for their own backs, but when Liam loses his job, Dee decides things have to change. Binchy takes everyday situations and brings them alive with her skilful dialogue, character interactions and original plot. Fans will welcome cameo appearances by Lizzie Scarlett, Maud and Marco, Simon Scarlett, Noel, Faith and Frankie Lynch and Fiona Carroll. Short but definitely worthwhile.

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Maeve Binchy, as always, explores the truth of family relationships with honesty, humour and compassion in a style that is uniquely her own. Wonderful. Parent Talk