Maeve Binchy

Novelist, Author

1940 – 2012

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Who was Maeve Binchy?

Maeve Binchy Snell, known as Maeve Binchy, was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, columnist, and speaker best known for her humorous take on small-town life in Ireland, her descriptive characters, her interest in human nature, and her often clever surprise endings. Her novels, which were translated into 37 languages, sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and her death, announced by Vincent Browne on Irish television late on 30 July 2012, was mourned as the passing of Ireland's best-loved and most recognisable writer.

Her books have outsold those of other Irish writers such as Samuel Beckett, Roddy Doyle, Seamus Heaney, James Joyce, Edna O'Brien, Oscar Wilde, and W. B. Yeats. She cracked the US market, featuring on The New York Times best-seller list and in Oprah's Book Club. Recognised for her "total absence of malice" and generosity to other writers, she finished 3rd in a 2000 poll for World Book Day, ahead of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and Stephen King.

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Born
May 28, 1940
Dalkey
Siblings
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Nationality
  • Republic of Ireland
Profession
Education
  • University College Dublin
Lived in
  • County Dublin
Died
Jul 30, 2012
Dublin

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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