Maeve Binchy, the Irish writer and journalist, died Monday, July 30, 2012, the Irish Times reported. She was 72.
The obituary notice in the Irish Times contains many tributes to Ms. Binchy, including this from President Michael D Higgins: “She was an outstanding novelist, short story writer and columnist, who engaged millions of people all around the world with her fluent and accessible style,” he said. “She was a great storyteller and we enjoyed her capacity to engage, entertain and surprise us. For others, particularly young and aspiring writers, she was not only a source of great encouragement; but also to so many, of practical assistance.
“In recent years she showed great courage and thankfully never lost her self-deprecating humour, honesty and remarkable integrity as an artist and human being.”
In the Irish Times on July 3rd last Ms. Binchy said: of her life: “I don’t have any regrets about any roads I didn’t take. Everything went well, and I think that’s been a help because I can look back, and I do get great pleasure out of looking back…I’ve been very lucky and I have a happy old age with good family and friends still around.”
Maeve Binchy’s first novel, Light a Penny Candle (Find this book in our catalog), was published in 1982.
Author notes in our catalog: “Irish-born Maeve Binchy is a teacher turned newspaper columnist turned novelist. She was born in Dublin on May 28, 1940. Her father was a lawyer and her mother a nurse. She received her B.A. in 1960 from University College in Dublin. After teaching at a school for girls, she became a columnist for the Irish Times in 1968. By 1979, Binchy was writing plays, a successful television script, and several short story collections. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle (1982), was a Literary Guild Dual Selection. Two of her novels, Silver Wedding (1989) and Circle of Friends (1991), have been Book-of-the-Month Club selections. Currently, there are more than six million copies of her books in print. Binchy’s novels are usually set in rural Ireland, where Binchy seems to capture the dynamics of life and relationships in small towns. A Circle of Friends, successfully translated into a popular film, is the coming-of-age story of three young women in 1950s Dublin. Binchy lives in a suburb of Dublin. (Bowker Author Biography) Maeve Binchy is the bestselling author of “Light a Penny Candle”, “Echos”, “Firefly Summer”, “Silver Wedding”, “Circle of Friends”, “The Copper Beech”, “The Glass Lake”, “Evening Class”, & Oprah’s Book Club selection “Tara Road”. With artist Wendy Shea, she created “Aches & Pains”, a nonfiction collection showing the lighter side of hospital stays & at-home convalescence. She lives in Dalkey, Ireland, with her husband, writer Gordon Snell.” (Publisher Provided)