Best-selling Irish author Maeve Binchy has died aged 72 after a short illness.
The bestselling author has sold more than 40 million books, and has been translated into 37 languages. Born in a small village on the outskirts of Dublin, many of her famous novels were known to draw on her experiences of growing up in rural Ireland
Binchy trained as a teacher before moving into journalism and writing, publishing her first novel – Light a Penny Candle – in 1982.
She had written the novel in her spare time from her day job as a journalist at The Irish Times.
Proof of her popularity, was heading off to search for books for this display, only to find that out of the 26 items in the Library I was only able to find 1 or 2 (they are ALL out on loan :)), Popular indeed.
Her new book is due out later in the year and is called ‘A Week in Winter’
High on the cliffs of the west coast of Ireland, overlooking the windswept Atlantic ocean, is Stone House. Once falling into disrepair, it is now a beautiful hotel specialising in winter holidays. With a big, warm kitchen, log fires and understated, elegant bedrooms, it provides a welcome few can resist, whatever their reasons for coming…
Henry and Nicola are burdened with a terrible secret, and are hoping the break at Stone House will help them find a way to face the future. Winnie, generally one to make the best of things, finds herself on the holiday from hell. Then there’s John, who arrived on impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon; eccentric Freda, who claims to be a psychic – and the silent, watchful Nell, who seems so ready to disapprove. But looks can be deceptive . . .