As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives.
Maeve Binchy is well known for her best-selling novels, the most recent of which was A Week in Winter. But for many years Maeve was a journalist, writing for The Irish Times. From 'The Student Train' to 'Plane Bores', 'Bathroom Joggers' to 'When Beckett met Binchy', these articles have all the warmth, wit and humanity of her fiction. Arranged in decades, from the 1960s to the 2000s, and including Maeve's first and last ever piece of writing for The Irish Times, the columns also give a fascinating insight into the author herself.
With an introduction written by her husband, the writer Gordon Snell, this collection of timeless writing reminds us of why the leading Irish writer was so universally loved.
Read by Kate Binchy.
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An emotional goodbye
Yes, absolutely. I love Maeve Binchy's novels and short stories. I hadn't read any of her journalistic work, but it was like a collection of her short stories. They were funny, sad and heartwarming. After listening to my collection repeatedly over the years, I feel like I know Kate Binchy. She is a wonderful voice for her cousin's writing.
I loved hearing about Maeve and Gordon's cameo appearance in one of the films. They were so excited so I was too! And I must remember SINBAD to tell my sister.
Familiarity of her voice and the way she brings the characters to life.
Laugh and cry... I feel very sad to have finished it, knowing that there won't be anymore.
A great listen