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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 (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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She is the Queen of Fiction and one of the funniest and best-loved storytellers in the world ... once you read Maeve you are hooked for life—IRISH TIMES

Binchy at her very best, telling stories with charm, humour and pathos and giving us one of the most stunning feel-good endings I can remember—MAIL ON SUNDAY

Her storytelling ability is second to none—SUNDAY EXPRESS

Make no mistake, there is magic at work—SUNDAY TIMES

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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11 of 11 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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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 Evange on Jan. 24 2013
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Maeve Binchy never disappoints. This book makes me want to visit Scotland very soon. I recommend this book to everyone.
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By F.S. on Dec 20 2014
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Vintage Binchy. Great tale, weaving together the lives of an interesting cast of characters. On the whole it is a touching and entertaining piece but I felt that the ending was a little flat. It was as if the author had tired of writing the story and wanted a quick finish.
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Maybe Binchy really understands how to bring her characters to life. The stories are very home-spun, full of warmth and even when things go wrong for people there is always a promise of a hopeful ending...well except perhaps for poor Miss Howe.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER on Jan. 27 2013
Format: Hardcover
In "A Week in Winter," by Maeve Binchy, we meet Chicky, a young woman in early 1990s western Ireland who falls for a visiting man and follows him back to New York. Deceptions and years later, she returns home to open a hotel in the once-grand house of the region, and she brings in the troubled son of one of her oldest friends and a niece who has ventured to London but needs to get more experience in a less bruising place. Together, they ready the small hotel and welcome their visitors for the first week of its operation: Winnie and her apparent "friend" who is anything but; John who is really somebody else altogether; Henry and Nicola, doctors who are running from too much death; Anders, the Swede who loves music over accountancy, his family trade; The Walls who are fixated on prizes and think this trip is an inferior one; Miss Howe, a school principal finally put out to pasture; and Freda, who has the Second Sight. Together, they inaugurate the hotel, with its searing cliffs and wild ocean.... Another series, really, of novella-length sketches of various people, brought together to a particular place but otherwise unconnected. I really enjoy Binchy's ability to get to the heart of her characters, to describe their lives in such a way that we, the readers, are completely enthralled. This has less of a connection to other books of hers than some that I've read, in terms of characters coming in and out of the story, but that doesn't matter: these "new" characters are as fully human as the ones more entrenched in her Irish world. I wasn't totally captivated this time, but I enjoyed every second of the time I spent with these people (even Miss Howe!). I wouldn't start a reader new to Maeve Binchy with this book, but I'd recommend it after reading three or four of her lengthy oevre; clearly recommended!
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By Carolyn Cornish on May 19 2014
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A story about real people told Maeve Binchey style. I enjoy the way she intertwined the lives of her characters . It could have been longer and a it more story development . Still an excellent book for Binchey fans.
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By msmarlymac on May 11 2014
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It was not her best work. I will miss reading Ms. Binchy's work, but I found this one lacking. Too bad.
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