Thursday, August 09, 2012

[Author Obit] Maeve Binchy (1940 - 2012)

Author Maeve Binchy passed away July 30 at the age of 72. Her funeral took place in her hometown of Dalkey, in south Dublin, on August 3, 2012.  (View funeral details and photos at Huffington Post UK )

"Ms. Binchy’s 16 novels, which have been translated into dozens of languages, have sold tens of millions of copies. Her best known include her first, 'Light a Penny Candle,' published in Britain in 1982; 'Circle of Friends' (1990), made into a 1995 feature film starring Minnie Driver and Chris O’Donnell; and 'Tara Road' (1998), an Oprah’s Book Club selection that became a 2005 movie starring Andie MacDowell and Olivia Williams."  -NYTimes Obituary

"Maeve was a master storyteller – everyone agrees on that. But there was so much more to her: she was responsible for social change. At a time when Ireland was a theocracy in all but name, she made Irish women feel that their lives mattered and that their stories were worth telling."    -Read all of My Hero: Maeve Binchy by Marian Keyes 

More tributes can be found on The Guardian's Maeve Binchy page 

Find Binchy's novels on the library catalog

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