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Reissued in the stunning new cover design alongside her latest novel NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS - new in paperback. All the backlist are being reissued simultaneously in the new livery. Maeve Binchy is one of today's most successful and best-loved authors, read all over the world and translated into 30 languages. Her last seven novels have all been Sunday Times No.1 bestsellers and the last four were Guardian fastsellers. There are now over 6.5 million copies of Maeve Binchy Orion paperbacks in print and she always receives terrific reviews: 'THE GLASS LAKE is Maeve Binchy at her spellbinding best - you'll never want it to end' Woman's Journal. 'Maeve Binchy really knows what makes women tick. She crystallises their hopes, dreams and passions in her novels and now she has done it again in THE GLASS LAKE ... a marvellous read' Daily Mirror. 'She has great warmth and humour, and a real gift for human moments' The Times. 'An irresistible tale' Elle. In the top 100 bestselling Irish titles Maeve Binchy occupies seven of the top twenty places including the number one slot.

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Maeve Binchy was born in County 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 County Dublin with her husband, Gordon Snell.


YA‘With the popularity of the film version of Binchy's Circle of Friends, this story, which traces the developments in the lives of two young friends in a small Irish town in the '50s, is likely to have wide appeal. The heroine, Kit, is shown to be at odds with her best friend, Clio, from the first scene. The differences in their values and emotions persist and separate them as the years pass. The life of Kit's beautiful mother unfolds in a concurrent plot line. Helen is generally believed to have died in a tragic drowning. She has, however, gone off with a lover. The story of her business successes and romantic complexities parallels her daughter's years of maturing, providing Kit and readers with ironic insights as she and a very few of the townspeople become aware of the woman's new life. A big, easy, comfortable read.‘Frances Reiher, King's Park Library, Burke, VA

Fans of Binchy's novels (e.g., Circle of Friends, LJ 12/90) won't be dissatisfied with her latest effort. Once again, she focuses on the inhabitants of a small town in Ireland. Helen, wife and mother of the McMahon household, is presumed to have drowned in a nearby lake. Actually, she shook off her dull, staid life and fled to London with her lover. Successful at business, she yearns for some communication with her now teenaged daughter, Kit. She begins a casual correspondence with Kit under the guise of being an old friend of her mother. The story continues with readers wondering if and when Kit will discover the truth about her mother and what impact that realization will have on their lives. Binchy writes a good tale, demanding that her readers accept the improbable and appreciate a well-timed coincidence. Suitable if not necessary for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 11/1/94.]-Margaret Hanes, Sterling Heights P.L., Mich.

Bestselling novelist Binchy (Light a Penny Candle; Silver Wedding) again explores the passions and priorities of Irish women in a seductively written tale that's a bona fide page-turner. She sets this story in the small village of Lough Glass, the ``glass lake'' of the title, in Dublin and in London, animating each place more by the robust characterization of the people who live there than by the use of descriptive detail. When Kit McMahon is 12, her sad and distant mother disappears while walking along the lake. Authorities find the family's boat overturned, and, when Kit discovers a sealed letter addressed to her father, she fears that the suicide confession will keep her mother from a consecrated burial. She burns the letter, adding another burden to her misery. Helen is not dead, however. She has run off to London for great and compelling reasons, where she adopts the name Lena Gray and eventually becomes the director of an important employment agency. When Kit discovers her there years later, the anguish of both women is intensified by the complex situation, and the secret they now share eventually explodes in a way neither could have foreseen. If some aspects of the plot are contrived and the narrative overtold, the richness of Binchy's characters makes these drawbacks easy to forgive. A weeper of an ending brings this compelling saga to an unforgettable climax. (Mar.)

'The book rattles along from one gripping story to another, leaving the reader with a satisfying glow... It does exactly what it says on the tin: gives heart and soul' - DAILY MAIL'Oh, the bliss...Maeve's back...The heart is the theme, literally and metaphorically, and this is heartwarming stuff' - THE TIMES'Make no mistake, there is magic at work' - SUNDAY TIMES'HEART AND SOUL is another instant classic, infused with Maeve's trademark warmth, charm and compassion...she is the Queen of Fiction and one of the funniest and best-loved storytellers in the world...once you read Maeve you are hooked for life' - IRISH TIMES

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