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Maeve Binchy is the UK's top-selling author With millions of copies of her novels and stories sold worldwide, she is established as one of the leading writers of today QUENTINS is Maeve Binchy at her most brilliant, revealing the secrets of human hearts with warmth and unerring truth

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Maeve Binchy is the UK's top-selling author With millions of copies of her novels and stories sold worldwide, she is established as one of the leading writers of today QUENTINS is Maeve Binchy at her most brilliant, revealing the secrets of human hearts with warmth and unerring truth

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


Adult/High School-This book continues Binchy's stories set in modern Dublin (Evening Class [1997], Tara Road [1999, both Dell], and Scarlet Feather [Signet, 2002]). In this Dublin of euros and international cuisine, there is nary a leprechaun-or even a kindly priest-in sight. Its inhabitants are proud of their cosmopolitan attitudes, but underlying their lives and choices are strengths of family and friendship, and a loving kindness, that still confirm the outsider's hopeful expectations about traditional Irish culture. Here, Ella Brady, a young woman emerging from a charmed childhood, hits her first major snag in life when her lover, a well-known financier, turns out to be a swindler (this comes as no surprise to readers). When he disappears along with his clients' money, just about everyone in Dublin seems to suffer some loss, but Ella's is also deeply personal. To keep busy, she helps put together a documentary film project centering on Quentins, a famous restaurant that embodies, in its own history, the social modernization and economic progress of the city and its people. With the help and unconditional support of family and friends, Ella sorts out her emotional life, but there is some suspense in the process. Binchy's fans will be gratified and comforted by this paradoxically cozy tale of a painful coming-of-age.-Christine C. Menefee, Fairfax County Public Library, VA Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

You Magazine MAIL ON SUNDAY - 2,000 word extract & off-the-page offer torun 18 August. SUNDAY EXPRESS Magazine - New short story by Maeve to run early September. WOMAN'S WEEKLY - New short story by Maeve & off-the-page promo offer to run in issue on sale 6 August (shelf-life 6 weeks). WOMAN'S OWN - New short story by Maeve with giveaway to be serialised over 2 issues: 2 Sept on sale 27 Aug & 9 Sept on sale 3 Sept. With TV advertising.. SAINSBURY'S Magazine - Feature by Maeve on changing face of Dublin through restaurants for September issue , on sale 23 August. FAMILY CIRCLE, WOMAN & HOME - Reviews in September issue. THAT'S LIFE - New short story for Christmas issueTHE EXPRESS - My Therapy slot to run week of 19 August INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAYHow we Met with Douglas Kennedy REVIEWS: 'Absorbing and delightful...In pinning down the humdrum and the ordinary - debts, the drama of a busy kitchen, awedding, the ache of childlessness - Binchy makes the point that the profound shift in emotion or spirit can take place while peeling potatoes or waitressing in a restaurant. Her multitude of eaders stuck doing much the same instinctively feel this'Elizabeth Buchan, SUNDAY TIMES 'All the warmth, humour andinsights you expect from Maeve Binchy's writing are here' CHOICE 'Full of cha

Fans of the bestselling Binchy will be grateful that the basic formula is still intact-decent people pulling through hard times-and that some favorite characters from previous novels reappear: Cathy Scarlet from Scarlet Feather, Nora from Evening Class, Ria from Tara Road and others. When Dubliner Ella Brady's affair with a married financial consultant turns sour-he bilks his clients of their hard-earned money and then hightails it to Spain-she decides to throw herself into something productive: she agrees to help with a documentary about Quentins, a once-modest Dublin restaurant whose increasing success and sophistication over the past 30 years mirrors the changing fortunes of the city itself. Ella collects stories of customers who recall celebrating life's milestones at Quentins. These vignettes (about a man who learns he's to be a grandfather, a girl who finishes school with honors, and other regular folks) are meant to fill out the too-thin tale, but most of them end a little too neatly to be satisfying. Binchy doesn't exactly trade in suspense (can there ever be any doubt that a Binchy heroine will do the right thing? Or that goodness will ultimately be rewarded?), but this novel is more tepid than other works in her oeuvre. Still, readers who love hardworking, honest-living characters with strong values can get their fix here. (Oct. 28) Forecast: Binchy lite this may be, but even so, it is sure to be a holiday favorite. The audio version (from Penguin Audiobooks) will be available simultaneously. BOMC, Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

In Binchy's latest, fans will encounter familiar characters from Evening Class, Tara Road, and Scarlet Feather-which is sometimes a distraction. The novel primarily chronicles Ella Brady and her involvement with Dublin's finest restaurant, Quentins. Ella wants to make a documentary film about Quentins that will capture the dramas revolving around restaurant life. The film's financial backer, Derry King, becomes Ella's suitor after she has a terrible experience with a married, thieving investment advisor. This advisor-and his possible suicide-brings a bit of suspense to an otherwise ordinary tale. Not Binchy's best, this will still certainly be demanded by your patrons. Recommended for all public libraries. [Literary Guild, Doubleday Book Club, and BOMC main selections.]-Carol J. Bissett, New Braunfels P.L., TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

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