Maeve's Times

Maeve's Times

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By (author) Maeve Binchy

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  • Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • Format: Hardback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 158mm x 230mm x 38mm | 660g
  • Publication date: 12 September 2013
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 140915033X
  • ISBN 13: 9781409150336
  • Sales rank: 163,948

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'As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives.' Maeve Binchy is well known for her bestselling novels, the most recent of which was A WEEK IN WINTER. But for many years Maeve was a journalist, writing for the Irish Times. From 'The Student Train' to 'Plane Bores' and 'Bathroom Joggers' to 'When Beckett met Binchy', these articles have all the warmth, wit and humanity of her fiction. Arranged in decades, from the 1960s to the 2000s, and including Maeve's first and last ever piece of writing for the Irish Times, the columns also give a fascinating insight into the author herself. With an introduction written by her husband, the writer Gordon Snell, this collection of timeless writing reminds us of why the leading Irish writer was so universally loved.

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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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This selection of her work represents Binchy's eclectic interests, infectious sense of humor and wry take on social change... A blithe, entertaining collection that will surely delight Binchy's many fans. KIRKUS While the collection makes an enjoyable read on the merit of humor alone, editor Ingle's selections capture Binchy's journalistic apprenticeship, record an intelligent woman's perspective on a changing world, and offer entertaining glimpses of biography that Binchy fans will adore. PUBLISHERS WEEKLY Maeve's Times is funny and clever and kind, which are excellent qualities in both books and people ... what this wonderful collection of her work for this paper from 1964 to 2011 makes abundantly clear is that she was a superb journalist IRISH TIMES

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'As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear they what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives' 'If you haven't been young gracefully, there's no point in trying to take up the habit later on. But I suppose there must be a balance between getting out the slippers and the cardie on the one hand, and wearing a spinal corset and going to night clubs on the other' 'At the shop in London Airport, there was a young man studying the display of postcards. His eyes went up and down the shelves until he found what he wanted, and he bought twelve of the one that said "sorry". I haven't had a wink of sleep wondering what he did' www.orionbooks.co.uk

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'In the old days I used to write a horoscope column. I gave myself a good forecast every week, and was appalled when someone else who shared the birthday actually mentioned to me that she read this and that it was extremely accurate' Maeve Binchy's much-loved Irish Times writings spanned five decades. An accidental journalist whose work first appeared after her father sent in colourful accounts he had received from her travels, from the beginning her writings reflected the warmth, wit and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction. This timeless collection celebrates the work of the world's best-loved writer, in all its diversity, revealing her characteristic directness, laugh-out-loud humour and unswerving gaze into the true heart of a matter. From 'Life as a Waitress' to 'Encounters at the Airport', 'Maeve on Margaret Thatcher' and 'Staving Off the Senior Moments', Maeve always had her own, inimitable take on life. With an introduction written by her husband, the writer Gordon Snell, Maeve's Times reminds us of why the writings of Maeve Binchy are universally cherished, and will be for generations to come. £16.99 in UK only