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Minding Frankie


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A superb novel from No. 1 bestselling author Maeve Binchy: 'She is the Queen of Fiction...Once you read Maeve you are hooked for life' Irish Times

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Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and was educated at the Holy Child Convent in Killiney and at University College Dublin. After a spell as a teacher in various girls' schools, she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, was published in 1982, and since then she has written more than a dozen novels and short-story collections, each one of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, most notably Circle of Friends and Tara Road. Maeve Binchy was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was also presented with a Lifetime Achievement award by the Romantic Novelists' Association and in November 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gais Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland, Mrs Mary McAleese. She is survived by her husband, author and broadcaster Gordon Snell.


Fans of Irish author Binchy will welcome the return of some familiar faces (from Quentins; Heart and Soul; Scarlet Feather) and also enjoy meeting new characters in her latest. Frankie is a little girl born as her mother Stella is dying of cancer. During the last stages of her life, Stella contacts Noel, a one-night stand whom she claims is the father. Noel has a host of his own problems but decides to pull things together for the child. Friends and family help out, but the social worker assigned to the case cannot accept the arrangements. Having never dealt with her own troubled childhood, she works to find proof that Frankie would be better off in foster care. The brief appearances of so many characters from previous works might be annoying, but the stories of Noel, his cousin Emily, and his friend Lisa, along with the social worker who wants to pull them apart and the little girl who pulls them together, make this novel fresh and appealing. VERDICT An enjoyable novel about life, love, and second chances. [300,000-copy first printing; see Prepub Alert, LJ 10/1/10.]-Beth Blakesley, Washington State Univ. Libs., Pullman (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Binchy weaves her magic once again in an addictive story about families and people who aren't always quite what they seem. * WOMAN & HOME *
One of our best-loved novelists weaves an intriguing story. * WOMAN'S OWN *
An absolute delight from the most loved of storytellers. Maeve Binchy works her usual magic as we unravel the truth and joy - and sadness too - behind the story of two young people as they grow up to find fulfilment. * MY WEEKLY *
This highly acclaimed Irish author has produced yet another heart-warmer ... a lovely story of unconventional relationships and the importance of children. * SOUTH WALES ARGUS *
A delightful book about an unusual family * IRISH NEWS *
A heart-warming tale of how affection and determination can deliver the love a child needs to flourish in an unconventional environment. * GOOD BOOK GUIDE *
In 27 years Maeve Binchy has sold more than 40 million books. MINDING FRANKIE is a reminder of the author's savvy ability to delivery what her loyal following has come to expect. * IRISH TIMES *
Maeve Binchy is a sublime storyteller, and with MINDING FRANKIE you are captured from the very first page until the final poignant last sentence. Her characters are always well drawn and this book is no exception, you are taken inside their lives and relationships. If you are looking for a book for a very satisfying weekend, or autumn read, this is absolutely perfect! Highly Recommended! * HOT BRANDS COOL PLACES *
Binchy ... is a class act. * DAILY EXPRESS *
It'll restore your faith in humanity. * ESSENTIALS *
Maeve Binchy's novel are just the kind of comforting companions so many women can't wait to take to bed. ...Binchy's prose flows as naturally as conversation with a good friend. * THE LADY *
Populated by a huge cast of completely believable characters, Minding Frankie is a delight of a book. * THE UNIVERSE *
A must read book. * WOMAN'S WAY *

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