A Week in Winter Hardcover – Nov 20 2012
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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
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
Make no mistake, there is magic at work―SUNDAY TIMES
Her storytelling ability is second to none―SUNDAY 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, 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.comSee all Product Description
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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!
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.Read more ›
From one of Maeve's so many, very grateful fans, June from Qc. Canada.
If you feel the need for an easy, gentle read. Get this one. You will not be disappointed.
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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So well written that the reader feels as though they are sitting around Chicky Starr's dinner table. Thoroughly enjoyable read.Published 1 month ago by Mama Bert
I have always enjoyed her books, they are a great relief from all the war books out there. They are light , entertaining, a great read.Published 5 months ago by Lynn Heslop
A wonderful easy read with an intertwining storyline. Very relaxed and engaging. I wanted to keep reading to see all the characters stories. Once I started I couldn't put it down.Published 8 months ago by Marina
I felt like one of the guests, who for one week, experienced the lives of others. Beautifully written.Published 11 months ago by Donna Nemeth
Maeve Binchy has a pleasant writing style. The book kept my interest throughout. It was a creative plot introducing the reader to interesting characters. Read morePublished 13 months ago by AG
literally made me wish this place actually existed so that i could go for a vacation.Published 13 months ago by Sophie Taillefer