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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385335105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385335102
  • Product Dimensions: 19.9 x 13.3 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 997,544 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the IRISH TIMES. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD. Maeve Binchy received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the British Book Awards in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A.T. Cross award in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award at the Bord Gáis Irish Book Awards by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012.

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Tonic for the spirit (HOME AND COUNTRY)

'wickedly amusing self-help audio book, providing the tonic of laughter as well as useful tips for the patient' (Vidar Hjardeng DISABILITY TIMES)

With a fine mix of humour and common sense, Maeve Binchy makes light of coping with ailments and hospitals.... Laugh out loud anecdotes delightfully told by Kate Binchy. (CHOICE)

If you like fiction based on the trials and tribulations of real life but with a large dollop of humour, you will love this! Based on the author's own hip replacement saga, the perceptive text can be applied to any situation where you find yourself reliant on others. Whether you've been the patient, the carer or just love to laugh at the quirks of human nature, this audio CD will satisfy. It's docu-soap for the ears! (www.FromBumptoGrump.co.uk)

Conversations in hospital corridors make a wonderful corrective to the pronouncements of specialists, and yield the sort of wisdom that bouys you up ... Life-affirming. (THE SCOTSMAN) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A brilliantly funny guide to the trials and tribulations of hospitals and convalescence - from No.1 bestselling author Maeve Binchy.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Donald Mitchell HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Most of us make lousy patients. I'm told that physicians are the worst. We think the worst. We miss what we can't do. We take it out on everyone around us. In short, we need to lighten up.
Maeve Binchy and Wendy Shaw ended up having hip replacement surgery around the same time, and compared notes. They realized the patients needed something to cheer them up. This little, light-hearted, warm book is just the ticket! I think it is the best book gift I have seen for those going through normal illnesses.
I wouldn't recommend it for people with serious, life-threatening situations. An inspiring book about miracle recoveries would work better there. Lance Armstrong's new book, It's Not About the Bike, fits the bill for many cancer patients, for example.
Here's what's in this book. It begins with an explanation about Ms. Binchy's hip replacement that includes having to face up to the need to lose weight, stop smoking, and cut way back on the alcohol. In a witty fashion, she makes great good fun out of her own fears and foibles. You can't help but like her for it, and begin to laugh at yourself a little in your own past experiences with doctors, nurses and hospitals.
From there, she goes on to provide witty lists that would cheer anyone up. One of my favorites was full of put-downs (that everyone has thought, but never said) to one's roommate in the hospital. No, you won't say these either, but you'll probably break up laughing as you think about this list every time you look at the other patient.
There are lists for what gifts to ask for, things to do when you get home, what tasks to give visitors, and every other imaginable circumstance.
The book is enjoyable both for its humor, and its good humor -- showing you how to look on the bright side.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alison Franks on 2 Feb. 2003
Format: Paperback
I have just read this book whilst revising for a biology exam (Im a first year student nurse). I was looking for information on Arthritis but found something much more valuable. This book gives an insight into how a patient feels, how they view the nurses and doctors and most importantly how to respect their thoughts and anxieties.
A very easy read which is a must for all those going into hospital and those who work there.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Sept. 2001
Format: Paperback
This book is full of witty comments on surviving a hip operation and also surviving the visits of well wishers whilst in hospital. Maeve Binchy's usual comic observations of life are much in evidence. It is well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Whelan on 7 July 2012
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very good book enjoyed reading it, a good read, would recommend it to my friends,
an easy read, could not put it down, read it at every opportunity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr.John Rice on 14 Jan. 2013
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difficult question to answer I get these books for my wife and she gave it as a Christmas present to one of her pals but as you see she rates Maeve Binchy
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. A. Gebbie on 10 Jan. 2013
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A PRESENT FOR A FRIEND WHO NOW HAS I BELIEVE ALL OF THE BOOKS WRITTEN BY THS AUTHOR AND IS TOTALLY DELIGHTED WITH THIS BOOK
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By feminist reader on 26 Dec. 2012
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I'm a huge Maeve Binchy fan; this little book(booklet - it is little) made me laugh and I can think of some friends/family I will give it to if they're in hospital - but not all. Some people do not take kindly to joshing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pat Mills on 11 Dec. 2012
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Very readable. The book could easily have been a personal medical guide
interspersed with great humour and personal advice. Thanks
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