Yesterday, after having suffered from a brief illness, Irish author Maeve Binchy passed away at the age of 72. Binchy is probably best known for her novels, Circle of Friends and Tara Road, both of which were turned into films. Binchy was born in Dublin, Ireland on May 28th, 1940 and 20 years later was receiving a B.A. from University College in Dublin. This was followed by a career teaching at a girls school and then becoming a columnist for the Irish Times in 1968. Ten years later Binchy was writing plays, TV scripts, and various short story collections. Her first novel Light a Penny Candle was published in 1982. The majority of Binchy’s novels are set in rural Ireland, usually focusing on the dynamics of small towns and became wonderful successes. As of today Maeve Binchy is considered a best selling author with over six millions copies of her books in print. A well loved author she will be sorely missed, though we can cherish the wonderful collection of novels she left behind.
Her last novel, Minding Frankie, was published in 2011.