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Whitethorn Woods

By Maeve Binchy

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Format: Hardback, 352 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 23 August 2006
The town of Rossmore is a special place, full of character charm. Nestled beside the Whitethorn Woods, the town has grown since the days when it was small and friendly and everyone knew everyone else; now it has chain stories and traffic problems and housing estates. But still, there are the woods, full of spiky bushes and criss-crossed with paths; and there's St Ann's Well, where generations have come to pray or make wishes or just to look back at the pretty little town. Which is why there is going to be such a fuss about the plans for the new motorway. It's going to by-pass Rossmore, cutting through Whitethorn Woods and endangering the well itself. The new road will bring jobs and relieve traffic in the town; for others, it will destroy businesses and leave the town a backwater. The people of Rossmore are divided. There is a lot of land standing in the way of the great road of progress. Quite by accident the decision rests on Neddy Nolan - the most honest man in Rossmore. A man determined to do the right thing.

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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 eight novels have all been Sunday Times No.1 bestsellers and she is also a regular top Guardian fastseller Maeve Binchy's entire Orion pb backlist was repackaged in 2005 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 'The author's great skill is to draw you into the world she creates, so that reading her books is like gossiping with old friends' Daily Express. 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, including TARA ROAD.

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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.

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Spiritual haven? Or source of superstitious nonsense? Strong opinions bubble up when St. Ann's Well, long a place of prayer, is set to be bulldozed to make way for a highway. Reading group guide. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

'Reading her books is like gossiping with old friends' DAILY EXPRESS 'Maeve Binchy at her best' CHOICE 'An entertaining, funny and moving book that serves as a great introduction to Maeve Binchy' IN THE KNOW 'We love her warm, witty novels with characters that spring straight from the page' BELLA 'A Maeve classic, it'll leave a warm, fuzzy feeling in your tummy' COMPANY 'A touching, funny, optimistic book full of wonderful, well observed characters' DAILY MAIL

Aproposed highway near the Irish town of Rossmore will mean the destruction of St. Ann's Well, a shrine in Whitethorn Woods thought to deliver healing, husbands and other miracles. The shrine resides in the parish of Fr. Brian Flynn, curate of St. Augustine's. As a fracas erupts between shrine skeptics who want the highway and shrine believers who want the shrine preserved, Flynn, unsure of where he stands on the issue and questioning his place in an increasingly secular Ireland, goes to the shrine and prays that he might "hear the voices that have come to you and know who these people are." Binchy (Tara Road) goes on to deliver just that: a panoply of prosaic but richly drawn first-person characters, such as Neddy Nolan, a not-so-simple simpleton; 60-something Vera, who finds love on a singles trip meant for those much younger; and unassuming antiques magnate James, whose wife of 26 years is dying. Stories of greed, infidelity, mental illness, incest, the joys of being single, the struggles of modern career women, alcoholism, and the heartbreak of parenting span generations, simply and poignantly. Binchy takes it all in and orchestrates the whole masterfully. 400,000 announced first printing. (Mar.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

EAN: 9780752873350
ISBN: 0752873350
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Dimensions: 24.1 x 16.3 x 3.3 centimetres (0.34 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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You know I absolutely love Maeve Binchy, she is my favorite author but I was really dissapointed with this book. Although it was an enjoyable book, i'm not huge on short stories and love her big novels. But this book was a collection of stories about people all interconnected with one another. it was just ok. I much prefer to be able to get completely involved in a book.

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