Maeve Binchy, 72, Author of "Circle of Friends" and "Light a Penny Candle"

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  1. Rex

    Rex Well-Known Member

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    After a brief illness.

    I loved Light a Penny Candle...I know some critics dismissed her as "chick lit" or soap opera, but I liked her writing. RIP.
     
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    CDANN1013 Active Member

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    I loved her books.

    Carol
     
  3. Cachoo

    Cachoo Well-Known Member

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    RIP Maeve.
     
  4. Garden Kitty

    Garden Kitty Tranquillo

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    I've only read a few of her books, but I know my Mom loved her books. RIP
     
  5. Tesla

    Tesla Whippet Good

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    Oh no. :( RIP Maeve. I have several of her books.
     
  6. Habs

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    This makes me so sad. I loved Light a Penny Candle and Evening Class.

    RIP Maeve.
     
  7. taf2002

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    I loved Circle of Friends & Firefly Summer. RIP
     
  8. allezfred

    allezfred Mince Pie Depriving Admin Staff Member

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    It's fairly big news here naturally enough. A lot of the tributes are describing her as "a national treasure". RIP. :(

    Fittingly she was featured in an article in the Irish Times this month before she passed, the newspaper where she got her big break.

    I don't have any regrets about any roads I didn't take....

     
  9. SCG888

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    Very sad to hear! I've been a fan of her books for many years and just finished reading the latest paperback on vacation. Complicated, interwoven storylines with vivid characterizations...and characters would pop-up in another book years later, making her work feel like one big family story.

    RIP Maeve, your writing will be missed!
     
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    R.I.P.
     
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    cholla Fearless Musher

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    Her books opened a wider world; and brought me pleasure for many years.
    RIP, dear lady.
     
  13. Erin

    Erin Well-Known Member

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    RIP to one of my favourite authors. I loved many of the books that have already been mentioned here (particularly Circle of Friends and Light a Penny Candle) and two of my favourites that haven't been mentioned yet are Echoes and The Glass Lake. Her early work had far too much depth to be considered chick lit or soap opera and inspired my desire to see Ireland - I may have to go back and re-read a few of the classics in the next few weeks.
     
  14. succubus

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    I loved her writing and this news makes me a bit desolate. Her books were very comforting to me. Loved Firefly Summer. :(
     
  15. euterpe

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    I loved all her books. I will miss her.
     
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    I've read or listened to the audio of all her works and always look forward her next one.
     
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    Scarlet Feather, and Quintin's Pub were favorites of mine. Firefly Summer, of course. Loved her writing, it was like visiting friends. Never forced or artificial.
     
  18. Bev Johnston

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    Oh, no! I've been on a real Maeve Binchy kick this summer. It started with Circle of Friends and continued with Tara Road, Scarlet Feather, Heart and Soul, and Quentens. I'm currently reading Evening Class. So bummed. I like the way she intertwined characters from previous books into new novels. That way you got a chance to find out how your old favorites were doing. RIP
     
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  19. Alixana

    Alixana who is on vacation!!

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    Evening Class .. still one of my faves. RIP