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Light a Penny Candle

By (author) Maeve Binchy

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Evacuated from Blitz-battered London, shy and genteel Elizabeth White is sent to stay with the boisterous O'Connors in Kilgarret, Ireland. It is the beginning of an unshakeable bond between Elizabeth and Aisling O'Connor, a friendship which will endure through twenty turbulent years of change and chaos, joy and sorrow, soaring dreams and searing betrayals...Writing with warmth, wit and great compassion, Maeve Binchy tells a magnificent story of the lives and loves of two women, bound together in a friendship that nothing could tear asunder - not even the man who threatened to come between them forever.

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  • Paperback | 832 pages
  • 126 x 196 x 46mm | 539.77g
  • 06 Jun 2006
  • Cornerstone
  • ARROW BOOKS LTD
  • London
  • English
  • 009949857X
  • 9780099498575
  • 39,075

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Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin, and went to school at the Holy Child Convent in Killiney. She took a history degree at UCD and taught in various girls' schools, writing travel articles in the long summer holidays. In 1969 she joined the Irish Times and for many years she was based in London writing humorous columns from all over the world. She is the author of five collections of short stories as well as twelve novels including Circle of Friends, The Copper Beech, Tara Road, Evening Class and The Glass Lake. Maeve Binchy is married to the writer Gordon Snell and they live in Dalkey, Dublin.

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"Maeve Binchy has a gimlet eye for the seething cauldron of emotions which lies beneath the surface of everyday life" Irish Independent "An adept storyteller with a sharp eye for social nuances and a pleasing affection for her characters" Sunday Times "A thoroughly enjoyable and readable book" The Times "Brilliant: a remarkable, panoramic and vastly entertaining novel" -- Molly Keane Irish Press

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An adept storyteller with a sharp eye for social nuances and a pleasing affection for her characters

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Evacuated from Blitz-battered London, Elizabeth White is sent to stay with the boisterous O'Connors in Ireland. Elizabeth and Aisling O'Connor become firm friends – a friendship that will endure through twenty turbulent years of change and chaos, joy and sorrow, soaring dreams and searing betrayals... Writing with warmth, wit and great compassion, Maeve Binchy’s debut novel tells the compelling story of two women, their relationship – and a man who threatens to come between them for ever. 'Poignant and funny and seductive' Daily Express 'Remarkable, panoramic and vastly entertaining' Irish Press 'Chronicled with tenderness and wit' Sunday Times

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