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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (Nov. 20 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140911399X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409113997
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 3.4 x 23.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #50,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A book to treasure. It's classic Maeve Binchy territory, filled with characteristic warmth and captivating storytelling HELLO The final novel by late Irish author Maeve Binchy is out now. Set in a country house hotel on the West coast of Ireland it's full of her trademark warmth, humour and lovable characters. WOMAN It's vintage Binchy and doesn't disappoint WOMAN & HOME Binchy's compassion and warmth are undimmed to the very end. Over her long career as a novelist she tackled many serious issues with with the compassion, intelligence and wit that anyone who ever read her wonderful journalism would expect. ... All the characters in A Week in Winter are struggling - with traumatic memories, with isolation, with regret. Yet Binchy guides her creations through their troubles with a firm and kind hand, leaving them ready for a happier future. Maybe that's why so many readers loved her so much. That and the fact that she always knew how to tell a very good story. IRISH TIMES It is no exaggeration to say that Maeve and her books were loved. Deservedly so. A Week in Winter is shot through with her trademark charm ... here is an author who had a zest for life' BELFAST TELEGRAPH In the final novel from the Irish legend, we meet the motley holidaymakers of Stone House hotel, each nursing their secrets or sadness during a winter break. The plot is almost irrelevant though; what matters is the warmth and charm of Binchy's storytelling. SUNDAY EXPRESS This is a book designed to be read in a dark January chill; it begs for a fireside and the sound of wind and rain howling outside. ... Binchy died this year after a prolific career that began in 1982 and during which she wrote more than 20 books, all of them bestsellers. If you haven't come across her before, you've got a real treat in store. THE LADY

About the Author

Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD. Maeve Binchy received a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the BRITISH BOOK AWARDS in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A. T. CROSS AWARD in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the BOB HUGHES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the BORD GAIS IRISH BOOK AWARDS by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012. Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.com

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A. Houston on Dec 31 2012
Format: Hardcover
As soon as this book was released, I was itching to buy it, but restrained myself as I knew Christmas was coming. Once again, my daughters did not disappoint and I awoke to find this final Maeve Binchy book under the tree for me. I enjoyed it thoroughly, and was only disappointed because it ended. I did feel that there were perhaps a few minor unfinished issues, but perhaps that is a metaphor for life. Not everyone ends up happy with all their problems solved; there are always unfinished issues. I really enjoyed the times spent at the big house on the coast, and reading about this wild part of Ireland made me want to go there all the more. I thought the characters were well rounded, and I had a clear photo in my mind of each of them as I read about them in their designated chapters. I enjoy books formatted like this, and when I read about a previous chapter's character from a different viewpoint, I think,"oh yes I know her/him, I've met them before."
Now that I have read all of Maeve's books, and the fact that there won't be any more, I may just have to go back and start all over again, perhaps with Firefly Summer which was the one that started my love affair with her writing. Rest in peace, sweet Maeve, and thank you!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janet B TOP 100 REVIEWER on Feb. 21 2015
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A Week in Winter takes place in Stoneybridge on the west coast of Ireland. It is the last book written by one of the world's best-loved writers, Maeve Binchy. She passed away in 2012. I have read all of her novels beginning with Light a Penny Candle and each novel was a gem.

Chicky lived in the village of Stoneybridge with her parents. There she met an American man named Walter Starr and fell in love. She left her home in Ireland and went to New York and married Walter. Sadly, her marriage was over and she found herself alone and jobless. She returned to Stoneybridge with a heavy heart, She was ashamed to tell her family about the mess she was in. She found work at Mrs. Cassidy's boarding house, where she once worked and tells Mrs. Cassidy the shame she feels and asks her what she could do about it. Mrs. Cassidy convinces her to make up a story and that is exactly what Chicky does. Chicky loves being back home and one day, while out for a walk, she bumps into Miss Queenie Sheedy. The three Sheedy sisters lived in a mansion called Stone House, but two of the sisters died and Miss Queenie was now the sole owner. Frail and lonely without her two sisters, she tells Chicky that she always hoped that Chicky would return home and take over the mansion and turn it into a hotel. The mansion was in disrepair and Miss Queenie could no longer afford the upkeep and at this stage in her life, she didn't need a lot of money. She would sell the mansion to Chicky for whatever she could afford to pay on condition that she turn it into a hotel and that Miss Queenie could live there for the rest of her life. An arrangement was made and Chicky immediately gets to work.

Chicky began hiring a few people like Rigger, the son of a woman who used to work for Miss Queenie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By June Murray on March 18 2013
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I simply loved this book as all of Maeve Binchy's work, because it is, as always a breath of fresh air. It is profound yet lighthearted. She can so wisely take life's simple events & turn them into something special & inspiring. Without being moralistic at all, Maeve can bring us to our own personal reflections on life & all of it's ups & downs, joys & griefs, truths &" lesser truths". Simply said, I truly enjoy & have enjoyed reading & being inspired & entertained by her, for the past twenty some years now. It is even because of her & her great gift of creating life's wonderful stories, that I can testify that I have discovered the " joy of reading". Thanks Maeve. I most sincerely recommend this book, as all of Mave's books to anyone & everyone who wants to have their soul's tickled with tears of pondering smiles & healing laughter.
From one of Maeve's so many, very grateful fans, June from Qc. Canada.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By b author on Dec 1 2012
Format: Hardcover
I am soooo going to miss Maeve Binchy's books. No one tells a story like she does. She captivates and brings you through a journey like no other. Characters and storylines all intertwined to complete a beautiful picture puzzle. Rest in peace, Mrs. Binchy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy on Aug. 18 2013
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So lovely to read Maeve's delightful book. So sad its her last but she did a remarkable job. Its delightful. All revolves around the coast of Ireland and Stone House, full of descriptive references to the waves, the beach and the local wildlife. Ahh, you think you are there. The characters are diverse and memorable and she brilliantly brings them all together at the end.
If you feel the need for an easy, gentle read. Get this one. You will not be disappointed.
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By Lady Sam on March 1 2015
Format: Paperback
This book came highly recommended and I am glad I followed through and read it. I had never even heard of the author, Irish born Maeve Binchy, and was equally impressed by her easy writing style, her knowledge of her native land as well as her in-depth description of issues, characters and locations.
I’m not sure what her ‘usual style’ is – many a writer tries his/her hand on various techniques – but in this book Maeve reserves an extended chapter on each and every character involved … and somehow manages to link them all together, too. One such section may cover part of a story and then leave the reader to wonder what exactly happened, only for it to be picked up in another story, not only completing the tale but also neatly fitting in into the overall storyline.
While most of the characters are based in Ireland and/or of Irish birth, the plots reach worldwide – from as close as England to as far away as Australia. Equally, some of the people involved and/or described were born and lived abroad, yet they all come together very naturally and fit right in. Such is the brilliance of Maeve Binchy, a 30 year published author who won a number of awards and sadly passed before this, her last book, was published. The book world and, no doubt, her current and future readers will miss her writing.
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