Maeve Binchy: No Nightingales, No Snakes

Maeve Binchy: No Nightingales, No Snakes

By (author) Maeve Binchy


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This title contains full-cast dramatisations of five Maeve Binchy short stories, specially adapted for BBC Radio 4's "Woman's Hour". Ireland is neither cursed with snakes, nor blessed with nightingales, and the characters in Maeve Binchy's fiction occupy the same middle ground. These five stories, specially dramatised for BBC Radio 4, feature modern Irishwomen emerging from a culture where they knew their place into a more hazardous, but more rewarding light. In "The Night People Came In For Something That Was No Trouble", Cara's envy of another couple's disingenuous ease at giving dinner parties spurs her to plan the perfect 'casual' evening down to the last detail - but things don't go as she'd intended. "The Stepson" sees Clare walking on eggshells, taking great care not to try to replace her stepson Simon's dead mother: until she finally attempts to break through his hostile diffidence. "Decisions at Sea" finds Tessa, an overlooked but good-tempered secretary, heading out on a cruise, where she faces a big decision. In "The Answer Machine", Biddy reasons that her family need an answer machine for Christmas, and gives it to them early - but by Christmas, she is beginning to regret the whole idea. And in "By The Time We Get to Clifden", Nessa and her husband Harry are planning their annual break to Clifden, when neighbour Melly seeks their help, and ends up changing their itinerary and their lives. Featuring a full cast including Niamh Cusack, Sam Dale and Harry Towb, these five Maeve Binchy stories are all typically warm, wry and witty.

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  • CD-Audio
  • 118 x 142 x 10mm | 99.79g
  • 01 Jun 2010
  • AudioGO Limited
  • BBC Audiobooks Ltd
  • Bath
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 1405677457
  • 9781405677455
  • 57,332

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Maeve Binchy is the author of "Quentins, Scarlet Feather, Tara Road" (an Oprah's Book Club Selection), "Circle of Friends, Light a Penny Candle, " and many other bestselling novels. She lives in Dalkey, Ireland, and London with her husband, writer Gordon Snell.

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No Nightingales, No Snakes is a compilation of five short stories by popular Irish author, Maeve Binchy. The stories are dramatized as radio plays by the BBC, so rather than being just read, there are sound effects as well. The Night People Came In For Something That Was No Trouble sees Cara's plans for the perfect casual evening falling apart, with unexpected results. The Stepson finds Clare's efforts to connect with her soon-to-be stepson finally succeeding. Decisions At Sea find Tessa making a life-changing decision. The Answer Machine is Biddy's Christmas gift to her family, but does not have the intended result. By the Time We Get To Clifden sees the organisation that Nelly and Harry put in their holiday thrown to the winds by their neighbour, Melly. Binchy's strength is in her characters, and, whether in short stories or full length novels, her heart-warming tales are more
by Marianne Vincent