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  • Audio CD: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (June 28 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409114791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409114796
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.5 x 13.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #617,506 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ronald E. Dines on Nov. 2 2010
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Maeve Binchy is virtually always easy to read and very enjoyable. Her characters are most often very true to life and this book was no exception. One of her strongest points is her ability to juxtapose characters from previous novels into the current setting and this time she may have done that the best of all. Combining single parenthood, alcoholism and a supportive community makes for a fine tale.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By calenita on Nov. 22 2010
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I had a slow time getting into this latest Maeve Binchy offering, but once I got involved have quite enjoyed it. Her recent books have lacked the charm of Tara Road, Cooper Beech, Evening Class etc, but this is quite fun to read. For any long time Binchy fan it is fun to read about what has happened to many of our old favourites like "Signora" and Aidan, Muttie and Lizzie, the twins, Frank and Clara etc. However it is harder to get involved with her new characters like Noel, Lisa and Moira. I think a collection of short stories bringing us updates on our old favourite characters would be a good offing next!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 26 2013
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In Maeve Binchy's "Minding Frankie," we meet Noel, a young man drifting emptily through life, living at home with his super-religious parents and working in a dead-end job, with no prospects in sight and his only interest that of drinking. Things change when Stella, a woman with whom he had a barely-remembered fling one weekend, summons him to her hospital bed and tells him that 1) she is dying and 2) she is pregnant with his child. A Cesarean section is needed, but that operation will kill her, and Stella therefore wants Noel to assume responsibility for his daughter, Frankie. Although at first reluctant, soon Noel comes around to her point of view, but he is going to need the entire neighbourhood to help him look after Frankie.... "Minding Frankie" brings back many well-known characters from Binchy's oevre, including the twins Maud and Simon, Signora and Aidan, Muttie and Lizzy, Clara and Frank, and tons more, while also introducing new members of the extended "family" such as Lisa, a young woman with unfortunate choices in love, and Moira, the social worker assigned to oversee Frankie's upbringing, who is convinced that the little girl deserves a more stable family than the one she has. As always, I enjoyed the interactions between all of these characters; not a lot happens in this story, which roughly covers Frankie's first year of life, but it's Binchy's warm and thoughtful insights into human nature that make her books so wonderful and those are present in this book no less than in earlier ones. Recommended.
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By Beatrice on Oct. 19 2014
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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. An easy read and refreshing after all the violent and sometimes disturbing books out there.
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Loved the Book. It is one of my favorites one. I liked the way every body came around to help Noel rase is daughter. And the fact that she is not is flesh and blod and keeps on giong is superb. I wish moira was less stressfull.
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By Kathy Belford on Feb. 3 2014
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This book was easy to read and very enjoyable.
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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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.
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By Nancy Martin on Sept. 8 2013
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Wonderful story of how someone who turned there life around, assumed tremendous responsibility & in the end it paid off.
Loved the book!
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