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Every table at Quentins restaurant has a thousand stories to tell: tales of love, betrayal and revenge, of hope and despair. The staff who come and go have stories of their own, and the restaurant itself has had times when it looked set fair for success and others when it seemed as if it must close in failure. Ella Brady wants to make a documentary about the renowned Dublin restaurant that has captured the spirit of a generation and a city in the years it has been open. In Maeve Binchy's magical QUENTINS you will meet new friends and old: the twins from SCARLET FEATHER, Signora from EVENING CLASS, Ria from TARA ROAD - and a host of fresh faces. There is Monica, the ever-cheerful Australian waitress, and Blouse Brennan, whose simplicity disguises a sharp mind and a heart of gold. The whole place is presided over by the apparently imperturbable Patrick and Brenda Brennan, who have made Quentins such a legend. But even they have a story and a sadness which is hidden from the public gaze. As Ella uncovers more of what has gone on, she wonders about the wisdom of bringing it to the screen. Are there some stories which are too sacred to be told?Should the restaurant keep its secrets?show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 164 x 234 x 40mm | 739.35g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752851659
  • 9780752851655

About Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin and came to fame first as London Correspondent for the Irish Times. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, made her famous in the UK and USA. She lives in Dublin with her husband, Gordon Snell.show more

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You Magazine MAIL ON SUNDAY - 2,000 word extract & off-the-page offer torun 18 August. SUNDAY EXPRESS Magazine - New short story by Maeve to run early September. WOMAN'S WEEKLY - New short story by Maeve & off-the-page promo offer to run in issue on sale 6 August (shelf-life 6 weeks). WOMAN'S OWN - New short story by Maeve with giveaway to be serialised over 2 issues: 2 Sept on sale 27 Aug & 9 Sept on sale 3 Sept. With TV advertising.. SAINSBURY'S Magazine - Feature by Maeve on changing face of Dublin through restaurants for September issue , on sale 23 August. FAMILY CIRCLE, WOMAN & HOME - Reviews in September issue. THAT'S LIFE - New short story for Christmas issueTHE EXPRESS - My Therapy slot to run week of 19 August INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAYHow we Met with Douglas Kennedy REVIEWS: 'Absorbing and delightful...In pinning down the humdrum and the ordinary - debts, the drama of a busy kitchen, awedding, the ache of childlessness - Binchy makes the point that the profound shift in emotion or spirit can take place while peeling potatoes or waitressing in a restaurant. Her multitude of eaders stuck doing much the same instinctively feel this'Elizabeth Buchan, SUNDAY TIMES 'All the warmth, humour andinsights you expect from Maeve Binchy's writing are here' CHOICE 'Full of chashow more

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3 28% (5,320)
2 4% (810)
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