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Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin, Ireland on May 28, 1940. She received a B.A. from University College in Dublin in 1960. After teaching at a school for girls, she became a journalist, columnist and editor at the Irish Times. By 1979, she was writing plays, a successful television script, and several short story collections. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982. During her lifetime, she wrote more than 20 books including Silver Wedding, Scarlet Feather, Heart and Soul, Minding Frankie, and A Week in Winter. The Lilac Bus and Echoes were made into TV movies, while Circle of Friends, Tara Road and How About You were made into feature films. Her title Chestnut Street is a New York Times Best Seller. She died after a brief illness on July 30, 2012 at the age of 72. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Tara Road 4,146 copies, 48 reviews
Circle of Friends 3,617 copies, 49 reviews
Scarlet Feather 2,771 copies, 47 reviews
Quentins 2,676 copies, 41 reviews
Evening Class 2,536 copies, 38 reviews
The Glass Lake 2,357 copies, 25 reviews
Nights of Rain and Stars 2,228 copies, 61 reviews
Whitethorn Woods 2,025 copies, 58 reviews
The Copper Beech 1,903 copies, 25 reviews
Light a Penny Candle 1,826 copies, 23 reviews
Heart and Soul 1,611 copies, 53 reviews
Echoes 1,555 copies, 19 reviews
A Week in Winter 1,518 copies, 102 reviews
Firefly Summer 1,488 copies, 21 reviews
Minding Frankie 1,372 copies, 77 reviews
The Lilac Bus 1,163 copies, 20 reviews
This Year It Will Be Different 1,129 copies, 19 reviews
Silver Wedding 1,110 copies, 21 reviews
The Return Journey 990 copies, 17 reviews
London Transports 728 copies, 10 reviews
Chestnut Street 609 copies, 21 reviews
Irish Girls About Town: An Anthology of Short Stories (Contributor) 546 copies, 15 reviews
Dublin 4 335 copies, 4 reviews
A Few of the Girls: Stories 282 copies, 8 reviews
Maeve's Times: In Her Own Words 220 copies, 1 review
Aches & Pains 117 copies, 2 reviews
Full House 110 copies, 6 reviews
The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club 107 copies, 4 reviews
Star Sullivan 100 copies, 3 reviews
The Builders (Open Door) 79 copies, 6 reviews
Victoria Line 46 copies
Cross Lines 26 copies
Dear Maeve 21 copies
Central Line 18 copies
The Cruise 13 copies
My first book 10 copies, 1 review
End of Term 5 copies
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The Thorn Birds (Introduction, some editions) 6,886 copies, 135 reviews
Ladies' Night at Finbar's Hotel (Contributor) 210 copies, 3 reviews
Never No More (Introduction, some editions) 86 copies, 5 reviews
No More Than Human (Introduction, some editions) 46 copies, 4 reviews
In Sunshine or in Shadow: Stories by Irish Women (Contributor) 45 copies, 2 reviews
The Anchor Book of New Irish Writing (Contributor) 37 copies
Rapunzel's Revenge (Contributor) 36 copies
The Penguin Book of Irish Comic Writing (Author, some editions) 23 copies, 1 review
Tara Road [2005 film] (Author) 9 copies

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Maeve Binchy was born on 28 May 1940 in Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland, the eldest child of four. She studied at University College Dublin, then taught, and later became a journalist. She was married to Gordon Snell, also a writer.
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