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Another terrific No.1 bestseller from the world's favourite storyteller. Includes two extra stories for this paperback edition, which weren't in the hardback. 'Her storytelling ability is second to none' Sunday Express. One of the stories in this collection is now a major film, HOW ABOUT YOU, starring Vanessa Redgrave. 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 nine novels have been Sunday Times No.1 bestsellers and she is also a regular top Guardian fastseller. There are now over 7 million copies of Maeve Binchy Orion paperbacks in print and she always receives excellent reviews: 'Full of characteristic humour and warmth, a lovely read' Sunday Mirror. 'Absorbing and delightful' Sunday Times. 'This is Binchy at her very best, telling stories with charm, humour and pathos and giving us one of the most stunning feel-good endings I can remember' Mail on Sunday. In the top 100 bestselling Irish titles Maeve Binchy occupies seven of the top twenty places including the No.1 slot. Two of her books have now been made into films.
Maeve Binchy was born in Dublin and was the London Correspondent for the Irish Times. Her first novel was Light a Penny Candle, and she has now sold millions of copies of her books around the world. She lives in Dublin with her husband, Gordon Snell.
That Binchy (Circle of Friends) would choose to enter the Christmas market should not be a surprise. Her wide audience enjoys the warmth of her fiction, the emphasis on the power of love to transform ordinary lives‘even as she acknowledges that for some people, love is elusive or the prelude to frustration and heartbreak. Here she presents 15 short stories that take place during the holiday season; all display her deft rendering of family relationships and the stresses of contemporary life. Unfortunately, however, these tales are formulaic and superficial. We meet women unable to spend Christmas with their married men, children from broken homes, aged parents for whom Christmas is an ordeal rather than a pleasure, couples trying to resolve the past, lonely souls looking for a future. Several stories feature second wives whose husbands are oblivious to the machinations of their (always beautiful but selfish) first spouses. While the characters and their predicaments are potentially interesting, as soon as her narratives begin to develop, Binchy catapults forward to disappointingly simplistic endings. Readers will yearn for more: more character development, more detail, less fast-forwarding, fewer perky or maudlin conclusions. These tales are fine for a fast read during a busy season, but many will wish that Binchy had instead developed one of them into a novel that would do justice to her characters and themes. (Nov.)
"Filled with Maeve Binchy's trademark wit and true storytelling genius" LIVING NORTH
Stories from the beloved Irish author.