Maeve Binchy, beloved Irish novelist, has died. The prolific writer, who sold more than 40 million books worldwide, and who was especially enjoyed by Americans for her depictions of her home country and parts of the United Kingdom.
Apparently, Binchy, who was 72, passed away after a short illness, which is very sad, especially for the readers who relished getting her next book long before she even had the idea for what she would be able to write.
By way of background, this talent held many posts before settling into her career as a novelist. Initially, she was a teacher, and then a journalist. She worked for the Irish Times as a columnist and ultimately became the paper's women's editor.
A move to London must have sparked Maeve Binchy's creative juices because when she moved to the British capital, she started writing short stories that became published collections. The abbreviated accounts brought to life both her new city and her old stomping grounds of Dublin.
Finally, in 1982, Binchy wrote and published her initial novel called Light and Penny Candie, which was a best seller and set during and after WWII. A plethora of novels followed, among them one Maeve scribed in 1995 called Circle of Friends, which was made into a film. Tara Road was also made into a movie.
That said, her last novel went to press in 2010. The well-received tone was called Minding Frankie and is well worth picking up to read; an excellent way to memorialize this excellent writer.
Maeve Binchy leaves behind her husband, writer Gordon Snell and literally millions of fans. RIP, Maeve Binchy. RIP.