The Builders

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Original short fiction by a beloved best-selling author on her best topic relationships. Charming novella from a masterful writer on the power of family secrets. Nan Ryan lives by herself at 14 Chestnut Road. When builders arrive to fix a deserted house next door, everyone expects the worst. But when the handsome workman looks to Nan to help unravel the mystery of the previous residents' disappearance, a strange relationship develops. With family dynamics and crooked developers in the wings, things are about to ...

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Overview

Original short fiction by a beloved best-selling author on her best topic relationships. Charming novella from a masterful writer on the power of family secrets. Nan Ryan lives by herself at 14 Chestnut Road. When builders arrive to fix a deserted house next door, everyone expects the worst. But when the handsome workman looks to Nan to help unravel the mystery of the previous residents' disappearance, a strange relationship develops. With family dynamics and crooked developers in the wings, things are about to get very messy...

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934848166
  • Publisher: Gemmamedia
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Series: Open Door Series
  • Pages: 92
  • Sales rank: 59,026
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy is the author of "Whitethorn Woods, Nights of Rain and Stars, Quentins, Scarlet Feather," and many other bestselling novels. She lives with her husband, writer Gordon Snell.

Biography

If storytelling is an art, then Maeve Binchy is unquestionably one of today's master artists. After all, Binchy was born, educated, and lives in Ireland, a land well known for its great storytellers. Firmly grounded in the Irish storytelling tradition, Binchy has earned a sizeable following of enthusiastic fans for her 11 novels and 4 collections of short stories. I had a very happy childhood, which is unsuitable if you're going to be an Irish writer," Maeve jokes. Perhaps that happy childhood is why Binchy did not publish her first novel until she was 43 years old. But there's no doubt that once she did she proved herself to be an immensely talented, multiple New York Times-bestselling author. her name.

Binchy was introduced into the joys of storytelling at an early age. Her mother, Maureen, and father, William, a prominent Dublin barrister, encouraged Binchy and her three siblings to be avid readers as well as to share stories at dinner and, as her brother William admits, nobody loved telling stories more than Maeve.

Growing up in the quiet seaside town of Dalkey, located about 10 miles south of Dublin, Binchy also found herself dreaming of escape. "I love Dalkey now," she says, "but when I was young, I thought it was somewhat like living in the desert." Her desire to escape led her first to the big city, to the University College in Dublin, where she studied history and French. After graduating in 1960, she taught Latin, French, and history in a Dublin grade school and was able to indulge her love of traveling during summer vacations. She proved so popular a teacher that parents of her students pooled their money to send her on a trip to Israel. Her father was so impressed by the letters she wrote describing Israeli life that he typed them up and sent them to the Irish Independent newspaper. That's how Maeve returned home to find, quite to her surprise, that she was now a published writer.

Using her newfound interest in journalism, she got a job on The Irish Times as the women's editor, an unlikely role for her, she jokingly acknowledges, given her hopeless lack of fashion sense. In the early 70s, she shifted to feature reporting, and moved to London. The move was motivated only in part by her career. Making the kind of bold life-altering decision that many of her characters are prone to, Binchy decided to take a chance and move to London to be with the man she'd fallen in love with during a previous visit—Gordon Snell, a BBC broadcaster, children's book author, and mystery novelist.

The risk, as it often does in her novels, paid off big time. Maeve married Gordon in 1977, and the two remain happily married to this day. In 1980, they bought a one-bedroom cottage back in Binchy's old hometown of Dalkey. Struggling to make mortgage payments on their new home, Binchy, who had published two collections of her newspaper work and one of short stories, decided to try to sell her first novel, which she'd managed to write in between her newspaper assignments. When her publisher told her that Light A Penny Candle would likely be a bestseller, Maeve remembers her sense of shock. "I had to sit down," she recalls. "I had never even had enough money to pay the telephone bill."

Maeve and her husband still live in that same Dalkey cottage, where they share an office, writing side by side. "All I ever wanted to do," she says, "is to write stories that people will enjoy and feel at home with." She has unquestionably succeeded with that goal. Light A Penny Candle was followed by such bestselling works as Circle of Friends, which was turned into a major motion picture starring Minnie Driver, and Tara Road, an Oprah Book Club selection. Binchy is consistently named one of the most popular writers in readers' polls in England and Ireland, outselling and rated higher than James Joyce. Of this success, Binchy comments with her typical good humor, "If you're going on a plane journey, you're more likely to take one of my stories than Finnegan's Wake."

In addition to her books, Binchy is also a playwright whose works have been staged at The Peacock Theatre of Dublin, and was the author of a hugely popular monthly column called "Maeve's Week," which appeared in The Irish Times for 32 years. A kind of combined gossip, humor, and advice column, it achieved cult status in Ireland and abroad.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

Good To Know

In our interview, Binchy shared some fun facts about herself with us:

"I am a big, confident, happy woman who had a loving childhood, a pleasant career, and a wonderful marriage. I feel very lucky."

"I have been lucky enough to travel a lot, meet great people in many lands. I have liked almost everyone I met along the way."

"I have always believed that life is too short for rows and disagreements. Even if I think I'm right, I would prefer to apologize and remain friends rather than win and be an enemy."

"I live in Ireland near the sea, only one mile from where I grew up -- that's good, since I've known many of my neighbours for between 50-60 years. Gordon and I play chess every day, and we are both equally bad. We play chatty over talkative bad Bridge with friends every week."

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    1. Hometown:
      Dublin, Ireland, and London, England
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 28, 1940
    2. Place of Birth:
      Dalkey, a small village outside Dublin, Ireland
    1. Education:
      Holy Child Convent in Killiney; B.A. in history, University College, Dublin, 1960

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 7, 2009

    Not worth the price

    I have read (and loved) every book Maeve Binchy has written. Although this book was OK, it definately was not worth the $12 price I paid for it. You could sit in the corner of the bookstore and read it in less than an hour - which is probably why they don't have it in stock and I had to order it. I do recommend all of her books, especially Quintens and Light a Penny Candle. I just hope she doesn't write any more "small" books like this again.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2011

    Overpriced for the size

    This was a good story as usual. I was very disappointed to find it was only 40 pages and felt cheated. There does not appear to be a way to find the size of a book when purchasing it online or the Nook. We are trusting that what we buy from B&N is a good value and this is definitely not one.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 17, 2011

    Ripped off! $.25 per page

    Cant beleive i just spent 9.99 for 40 pages! Lovely story but couldve spent the money on a real book dont understand why b&n doesnt show number of pages before purchase

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2011

    Very disapointed

    I enjoy reading Maeve Binchey's books and liked this one as well. However I was very disappointed to find it was only 40 pages. Especially for the price! I think that the discriptions should indicate that it is a short story.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Overpriced

    This was actually a short story rather than a novel. I'm sorry I paid $7 for it. It was enjoyable as Maeve Binchy always is but over priced.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2011

    Waste of money

    This was my 1st purchase for my nook and I could not believe it was 40pages and 25 minutes of reading for $7. time to return my nook so I know what I am getting for my money!! Great story how ever as usual from Ms Binchy.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

    An okay read

    I was so looking forward to reading this book having read all of Maeve's books. I wish I would have investigated the size of it before buying it. Definitely not worth the $7.16 I paid for it for my NOOK. Great read, disappointing price.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2013

    Quick Little Story!

    Very entertaining in its own small way. I think it took about twenty-three minutes to read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Great quick read with usual twist

    Will miss this author now she has died. Always enjoyed her books and this is no exception.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Do not buy!

    A waste of money - just a short story!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2013

    Loved this book!

    So sorry that Maeve is no longer with us. She makes her characters come alive and always makes us happy in the end.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Charming

    A very short tale by our beloved Maeve Binchy, heartfelt a usual and a varied and interesting cast of characters.

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