Minding Frankie: (Abridged) Audio CD – Audiobook, Jun 28 2011
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for a really delicious treat, laugh and cry along with Maeve Binchy's latest Dublin novel... Warmyl read by her cousin Kate Binchy, this is a moving story of good triumphing over all kinds of problems ... which, as the Binchy's Irish compatriot Oscar Wilde almost delcared, the meaning of good fiction. -- Sue Gaisford INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY Maeve Binchy's latest novel, MINDING FRANKIE...will bring nostalgic delight to her fans DAILY EXPRESS
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, most notably Circle of Friends and 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 Gáis 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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One of the individuals having a major influence in and on the tale is not even one of the four characters mentioned – yet, without her, events would have turned out a lot different, I dare say. Mind you, one of those ‘named’ could easily be called the ‘bad guy’ – very embittered and not being able to let go of the past. She is also a social worker, very good at her job, however, also in a position of power and without compassion whatsoever. She sees everything in black and white – more black than white in most cases, which causes a lot of friction. And thus you have the premise for an intriguing, at times even annoying storyline where you just want to wring that woman’s neck, while feeling sorry for her at the very same time.
Maeve most definitely knows how to spin a captivating tale, something of an emotional rollercoaster ride that nobody can really escape from. Once you get reading, you’re hooked an in for the duration – a journey with many ups and downs, while you get to know the characters inside and out as well as their backgrounds explained so that everything makes perfect sense. This author does not write romance and ‘living happily ever after’, but she writes about life and what people are going through on a daily basis … yet manages to inspire hope and positive thinking that generally gets people motivated and looking and moving ahead.
The characters were interesting, emotionally connective & true to life. Combining single parenthood, alcoholism, life & death into a rich community and taking the reader into their life's as well.
This is the first time I have read a book by this author, and I will certainly read more by her.
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Great story as per usual with Maeve Binchy.
Book arrived on time and in great condition...Hard to believe it was used. Read more
one of her best. old characters come back from previous books. i literally cried at one point. you get so attached to these characters!!Published 8 months ago by Sophie Taillefer
I have read many of Maeve Binchy's books and she paints such a vivid picture of the characters and towns, that you feel as if you lived there amongst the people too. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Beatrice
Loved the Book. It is one of my favorites one. I liked the way every body came around to help Noel rase is daughter. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Dominique Lanoie
A typical Maeve Binchy good entertaining story. Enjoyed having some the old characters come back into the story... would recommend it for an easy/light read.Published on Oct. 31 2013 by Heather Smith
Wonderful story of how someone who turned there life around, assumed tremendous responsibility & in the end it paid off.
Loved the book!
Maeve Binchy never fails to entertain me. Just like her other books, you keep turning the page until it's done.Published on July 16 2013 by isabel
I've been a fan of Maeve Binchy's for sometime now and I'm glad to have found her. She tells terrific tales and weaves ongoing stories of many characters in various books. Read morePublished on May 20 2013 by Kashy59