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Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined The Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982, and she went on to write more than twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for film and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection. She was married to writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for thirty-five years. She passed away in 2012 at the age of seventy-two.


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The chaos of World War II London sends preteen Elizabeth White to the safety of Ireland and into the lives of the much larger and emotional O'Connor family. The enduring friendship she finds with her counterpart, Aisling, forms the framework of this novel, offering clear contrasts between the two families and countries. The early chapters of Binchy's 1982 debut novel are engagingly humorous, filled with solid characterizations of these two very different but compatible adolescents. The girls sustain their friendship and distinct personalities through regular letters, but unfortunately they must grow up and the novel may strain under the conventionality of the genre and some inconsistency, perhaps due to Binchy's inexperience as an author at the time she wrote the original story. Her cousin Kate Binchy reads the book well, capturing the innocence, yearning, and growth of the girls. Recommended for larger fiction collections.--Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Praise for Maeve Binchy and Light a Penny Candle

"Extraordinary."-
Philadelphia Inquirer

"An Irish Thorn Birds...complete and rewarding."-Newsday

"A find...so rich and engrossing you can forget your own problems."-Glamour

"A remarkably gifted writer...a wonderful student of human nature."-The New York Times Book Review

"Reading one of Maeve Binchy's novels is like coming home."-The Washington Post

"Binchy is a grand storyteller in the finest Irish tradition...she writes from the heart."-
The Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Binchy's genius is transforming storytelling into art."-San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle

"Binchy's tales combine warmth and spunk in a quintessentially Celtic way...In the field of women's popular fiction, the Dublin storyteller sticks out like a faultless solitaire on a Woolworth's jewelry counter."-Chicago Tribune

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