Maeve Binchy


Maeve Binchy
Maeve Binchy
Born 28 May 1940 (1940-05-28) (age 71)
Dalkey, County Dublin, Ireland
Occupation Novelist
Nationality Irish
Notable work(s) Circle of Friends

maevebinchy.com

Maeve Binchy (born 28 May 1940 Dalkey, County Dublin)[1][2] is an Irish novelist, newspaper columnist and speaker. Educated at University College Dublin,[1][2] she worked as a teacher[2][3] then a journalist at The Irish Times[2] and later became a writer of novels and short stories.

Many of her novels are set in Ireland, dealing with the tensions between urban and rural life, the contrasts between England and Ireland, and the dramatic changes in Ireland between World War II and the present day.

Her novel Circle of Friends was made into a 1995 Hollywood movie starring Chris O'Donnell and Minnie Driver with a radical change of ending.[4]

Binchy announced in 2000 that she would not be going on tours with any more novels, but would be devoting her time to other activities, and to her husband, Gordon Snell, a children's author. She has written five further novels since then — Quentins, Nights of Rain and Stars, Whitethorn Woods, Heart and Soul and Minding Frankie (2010). She lives in Dalkey, not far from where she grew up.[5]

In 1978, Binchy won a Jacob's Award for her RTÉ play, Deeply Regretted By. A second award went to the lead actor, Donall Farmer. A 1993 photograph of her by Richard Whitehead belongs to the collection of the National Portrait Gallery (London)[6] and a painting of her by Maeve McCarthy, commissioned in 2005, is on display in the National Gallery of Ireland.[7]

She is sister of William Binchy, Regius Professor of Laws at Trinity College, Dublin.

Contents

Themes

While some novels are complete stories (Circle of Friends, Light a Penny Candle) many of her novels revolve around a cast of interrelated characters (The Copper Beech, Silver Wedding, The Lilac Bus, Evening Class, Heart and Soul). Her later novels, Evening Class, Scarlet Feather, Quentins, and Tara Road, feature a continuum of recurring characters..

Bibliography

Novels [5]

Short story collections [5]

Binchy has also published several short story collections, including:

  • Central Line (1978)
  • Victoria Line (1980)
  • Dublin 4 (1981)
  • London Transports (1983)
  • The Lilac Bus (1984)
  • Story Teller: Collection of Short Stories (1990)
  • Dublin People (1993)
  • Cross Lines (1996)
  • This Year It Will Be Different: And Other Stories (1996)
  • The Return Journey (1998)

Other works

See also

References

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Maeve Binchy — Nacimiento 28 de mayo de 1940 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Maeve binchy — Maeve Binchy (née le 28 mai 1940 à Dalkey, en Irlande) est une romancière et chroniqueuse irlandaise. Sommaire 1 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Maeve Binchy — (née le 28 mai 1940 à Dalkey, en Irlande) est une romancière et chroniqueuse irlandaise. Sommaire 1 Biographie …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Maeve Binchy — (2006) Maeve Binchy (* 28. Mai 1940 in Dalkey im heutigen County Dun Laoghaire Rathdown) ist eine irische Schriftstellerin und Kolumnistin der Zeitung „The Irish Times“. Ihre Romane sind häufig in Irland angesiedelt und schildern die Spannungen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Binchy — Maeve Binchy Maeve Binchy (* 28. Mai 1940 in Dalkey im heutigen County Dun Laoghaire Rathdown) ist eine irische Schriftstellerin und Kolumnistin der Zeitung „The Irish Times“. Ihre Romane sind häufig in Irland angesiedelt und schildern die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Maeve — is a first name of Irish origin. In Irish Gaelic, the name Medbh means she who intoxicates. It is rooted in the Irish legend of Queen Maeve or Medb, one of the main protagonists of the early Irish legend Táin Bó Cúailnge. It is also associated… …   Wikipedia

  • Maeve — ist ein irischer weiblicher Vorname[1] mit der Bedeutung berauschend, mitreißend. Stammmutter des Namens ist Meadhbh, eine legendäre Kriegskönigin im vorchristlichen Irland des 1. Jahrhunderts[2] und eine zentrale Figur der irischen Mythologie.… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Maeve (Irish name) — Maeve, Irish Gaelic female given name. It was spelled Medb in Old Irish (pronounced [mɛðv]), Meḋḃ, Meaḋḃ in Middle Irish, Meadhbh in early modern Irish ([mɛɣv]), and is now spelled Méabh ([mʲeːv]) or Medbh in reformed modern Irish. It is… …   Wikipedia

  • Binchy, Maeve — ▪ Irish author born May 28, 1940, Dublin, Ire.       Irish journalist and author of best selling novels and short stories about small town Irish life. Noted as a superb storyteller, Binchy examined her characters and their relationships with wit… …   Universalium

  • Binchy — /ˈbɪntʃi/ (say binchee) noun Maeve, 1940–2012, Irish writer of popular fiction …   Australian English dictionary


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.