Maeve's Times

Maeve's Times

Selected Irish Times Writings

Book - 2013
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Discover what inspired Maeve Binchy's novels and short stories in this hugely enjoyable collection of her writing from the Irish Times.

'As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives.'

Maeve Binchy is well known for her bestselling novels, the most recent of which was A WEEK IN WINTER. But for many years Maeve was a journalist, writing for the Irish Times . From 'The Student Train' to 'Plane Bores' and 'Bathroom Joggers' to 'When Beckett met Binchy', these articles have all the warmth, wit and humanity of her fiction. Arranged in decades, from the 1960s to the 2000s, and including Maeve's first and last ever piece of writing for the Irish Times , the columns also give a fascinating insight into the author herself.

With an introduction written by her husband, the writer Gordon Snell, this collection of timeless writing reminds us of why the leading Irish writer was so universally loved.

Publisher: London : Orion Books, 2013.
ISBN: 9781409150336
Branch Call Number: 824.914 BIN
Characteristics: 389 pages
Additional Contributors: Ingle, Róisín


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Jan 11, 2018

If you're a Maeve Binchy fan you will love this collection of articles she wrote for the Irish Times and other publications, dating from the mid-60's to the early 2000's. Some are funny, some are nostalgic, some are sobering, and all are very readable.

Apr 20, 2015

So enjoyed reading this great lady's wonderful witty writing, and getting to know her a bit better. Some of the articles were laugh out loud pieces. Some were very sad, especially chronicling situations at the kibbutz and others involving abortions. A great collection.

Oct 19, 2014

This book is a great commentary on the times in which it was written, covering cultural mores, European politics and other newsy, everyday topics. The first several chapters in particular are LOL funny and provide clues to the inspiration for her novels. It is written like spoken word brilliantly. Very enjoyable and highly recommended.

Jun 07, 2014

I enjoyed this book but I prefer Maeve's novels.

LaughingOne Jan 12, 2014

I enjoyed reading many of Binchy's articles that were published in "Irish Times". I especially liked how they were grouped in decades; it was interesting to read in the perspective of a certain decade, and then in another decade there could be a related article, but from a different decade perspective. I did skim some of the articles as they seemed too "local" for me. Overall all, though, it was fun reading some of her non-fiction. Gave me a fuller appreciation of her fiction.

rowanquincy Jan 10, 2014

A collection of articles Binchy wrote for a newspaper. I found I was skipping over quite a bit of politically oriented material, and other outdated topics. There were some interesting pieces.

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