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									Maeve BinchyMaeve Binchy
As an author, Binchy's goal is simple: to let the story shine through. She told Oprah Winfrey, "I do not have a particular literary style, I am not experimental ... I tell a story and I want to share it with my readers." As a result, with her Ireland-set stories featuring strong heroines, friendship and romance, Binchy has gained quite a following since she became a bestselling author at age 43.

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

Binchy's Latest

Selected Novels

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								Whitethorn Woods, Author: 
								Maeve Binchy.

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Whitethorn Woods
by Maeve Binchy
From our Editors: "The tiny hamlet of Rossmore seems to be a village that progress passed by. But that changes when a new highway project threatens to destroy St. Ann's Well, a religious shrine and the Irish town's only tourist attraction. Binchy's sage Whitehorn Woods captures the first-person stories of townspeople grappling with their own problems as well as this moment of civic transition."

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								Scarlet Feather, Author: 
								Maeve Binchy.
*  Light a Penny Candle (1982)
*  London Transports (1983)
*  Circle of Friends (1990)
*  Tara Road (1999)
*  Scarlet Feather (2001)
*  Quentins (2002)
*  Nights of Rain and Stars (2004)
*  Irish Girls About Town: An Anthology of Short Stories (2005)
*  Whitethorn Woods (2007)

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Binchy's Favorite Writers

In a 1999 interview with Barnes &, Binchy let us in on some of her favorite writers. They included William Trevor, whom she called "gentle, observant, sensitive;" Jennifer Johnston ("passionate, pacifist, wise"), and Roddy Doyle ("young, outrageous, funny"). She also included Gore Vidal, Tom Wolfe, John O'Hara, Elmore Leonard, Kurt Vonnegut, and David Baldacci.

*  Kurt Vonnegut
*  David Baldacci
*  Elmore Leonard

*  Gore Vidal
*  Tom Wolfe
*  William Trevor

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The Oprah Pick

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								Circle of Friends, Author: 
								Maeve Binchy.

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Circle of Friends
by Maeve Binchy
Considered by many fans as Binchy's best work, this novel -- about the friendship of two girls from different social classes -- was made into a successful movie adaptation that launched film star Minnie Driver's career.

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								Tara Road, Author: 
								Maeve Binchy.

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Tara Road
by Maeve Binchy
Not that she needed help selling books, but Binchy got a powerful boost when Tara Road was selected for Oprah's Book Club in 1999. The story of an Irish woman and an American woman who swap houses for a summer is an engaging look at a friendship cobbled together from the unexpected intimacy of trading spaces.

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