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Reissued in the stunning new cover design alongside her latest novel NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS - new in paperback. All the backlist are being reissued simultaneously in the new livery. 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 seven novels have all been Sunday Times No.1 bestsellers and the last four were Guardian fastsellers. There are now over 6.5 million copies of Maeve Binchy Orion paperbacks in print and she always receives terrific reviews: 'Binchy is a consummate storyteller who involves the reader in the world she creates ... Binchy is a Dickens: she writes about the dilemmas of human beings with a backdrop which describes the manners and morals of a society ... the Binchy public will not be disappointed at storyline or resolution' Irish Times. 'The storytelling is, as always, confident, sharp and funny' Sunday Times. 'I literally could not put the book down' Sunday Express. 'Warm, engrossing ... you're in for a treat' Woman's Realm. In the top 100 bestselling Irish titles Maeve Binchy occupies seven of the top twenty places including the number one slot.

About the Author

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

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Pals Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather are pleased with their new Dublin-based catering business, Scarlet Feather, but her mother-in-law and his parents are voicing doubts. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

Bestselling author Binchy (Tara Road, etc.) again explores the depths of family relationships in an 11th warm, involving drama. Set in contemporary Ireland over a period of one year, the smartly paced tale focuses on Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather, cooking school chums who achieve their dream of opening a posh catering business, Scarlet Feather, in Dublin. Professionally, they're off to a good start; personally, their lives are falling apart. Cathy, whose out-of-work father plays the races while her mother toils as a housemaid, faces the consequences of having married Neil Mitchell, prized son of an upper-class family who employed Cathy's mother for years. Neil, a lawyer who champions worthy causes, is unconcerned about the tension between his wife and his snooty mother, and Cathy and Neil find themselves leading busy, separate lives. Tom has a live-in girlfriend whom he would love to marry, but Marcella, a manicurist in a classy store, yearns to succeed as a model before making any commitments. A charming cast of secondary characters includes Neil's cousins, Simon and Maud, two abandoned, nine-year-old twins who, in a surprising turn of events, come to live with Cathy's parents. The children's deadpan, exceedingly serious outlook on life is both heartbreaking and hilarious. One of Binchy's strengths is her subtle depiction of gradual changes in Irish society. By making her principal characters entrepreneurs, she reflects the ways Ireland's growing economic prosperity has altered social mores. Whether her readers are aware of such details, they help this wonderfully engaging book ring true. (Mar. 5). Forecast: Binchy's gift for creating a wide range of characters whose foibles and challenges make them lovable and real, coupled with her theme that genuine love can transform lives, add up to another crowd-pleaser. With major ad/promo, plus an author tour, this one is a lock for the charts. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

SCARLET FEATHER has all the distinguishing Binchy characteristics: human interest, pacy plot, judicious humour, warm sentiment ... You can see why, for a legion of female readers, Maeve Binchy is a one-woman opiate of the people * EVENING STANDARD *
This is a wonderfully warm-hearted book with an endearing cast of characters and the Irish atmosphere that is Maeve Binchy's trademark * THE LADY *
Maeve is just like a good fisherwoman: she teases you, reels you in and by the time you try to get away, you are well and truly hooked. I literally could not put the book down by the time I got to the last quarter * SUNDAY EXPRESS *
This is Binchy at her finest * WOMAN AND HOME *
If you're a lover of Maeve Binchy's warm, engrossing novels, you're in for a treat ... [a] tale of love, heartbreak and laugher. You'll be hooked by the characters from the start and the fine storytelling simply sweeps you along * WOMAN'S REALM *
The storytelling is, as always, confident, sharp and funny * SUNDAY TIMES *
SCARLET FEATHER has that classic Maeve Binchy component: the readability factor. And if leisure palls for Maeve, it's blindingly apparent there are more novels inside her. The penny candle's still burning * IRISH INDEPENDENT *
What is Maeve Binchy's magic? Every time she publishes a novel the race is on to the armchair or the poolside seat, telephones fall eerily silent ... Her great gift is to suck her reader into the drama of everyday lives without fuss ... She relies on dialogue and on keeping up a cracking pace -- Elizabeth Buchan * DAILY MAIL *
Yet again she has created a story of unexpected twists and turns in the lives of wholly believable people with whom you can't help feeling involved * THE OLDIE *
Her story-telling talents are never in question ... Scarlet Feather is one of Binchy's best. Reading it is as comforting as curling up by a fire with cocoa, toast and treacle * BOOKS IRELAND *
The words "Irish warmth" are repeatedly used in reference to a Binchy novel and I believe that this keynote of authorial warmth is one of the compelling aspects of her writing ... Binchy is a consummate storyteller who involves the reader in the world she creates ... Binchy is a Dickens: she writes about the dilemmas of human beings with a backdrop which describes the manners and morals of a society ... the Binchy public will not be disappointed at storyline or resolution * IRISH TIMES *
Maeve is a storyteller, she has an ear for dialogue and an eye for character and she's employed these gifts to their full potential ... SCARLET FEATHER has that classic Maeve Binchy component: the readability factor * IRISH INDEPENDENT *
Drama, humour, warmth and great characters - it's what we expect from Maeve Binchy, one of the world's best-loved writers * WOMAN'S WEEKLY *

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