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Chestnut Street [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Binchy
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A delightful collection of linked stories from No. 1 bestselling author of A WEEK IN WINTER

Just round the corner from St Jarlath's Crescent (featured in MINDING FRANKIE) is Chestnut Street. Here, the lives of the residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy's wonderfully compelling tales:

Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner, who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son. Nessa Byrne, whose aunt comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and turns the house - and Nessa's world - upside down. Lilian, the generous girl with a big heart, and the fiancé not everyone approves of. And Melly, whose gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of the fortune teller, 'Madame Magic'...

No one rivals Maeve Binchy for stories of warmth, kindness, love, loss - and life not always turning out as expected.


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The author gives us one last extraordinary look at ordinary people as they struggle with family relationships, romances gone awry, and the possibility for a better future ... all with Binchy's thoughtful and loving touch that will be sorely missed (Publishers Weekly)

Maeve Binchy's work continues to inspire ... thought-provoking, warm and funny in equal measure. (Woman)

Thanks to Binchy's characteristic compassion, we find ourselves sympathising with her underdogs, welcoming the punishments visited on her scoundrels, and wishing for justice for those long-suffering characters who keep trying to do the right thing without any hope of recompense ... an unexpected treat. (Irish Mail on Sunday)

In Chestnut Street [there is] enough kindness, wisdom and insight into human nature, to remind readers why Maeve Binchy was one of the most beloved writers this country has ever produced. (Irish Times)

Written over the past decades, these heartwarming stories of Dublin life, set around Chestnut Street, are collected together for the first time ... Binchy's last book is one to treasure. (Woman & Home)

Binchy wrote as naturally as she breathed, and this collection has all her trademark humanity and humour (Saga magazine)

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A delightful collection of linked stories from No. 1 bestselling author - simply the best.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2282 KB
  • Print Length: 401 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (24 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HRXQ0ZM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (239 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Collection of Charming Short Stories. 24 April 2014
By Ismay1012 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Chestnut Street is a horseshoe shaped crescent of about thirty nice family homes. It is the location for this charming collection of 36 short stories written by Maeve Binchy. It is her last book collected together by her husband Gordon Snell after her death in 2012. Some of these stories are already published in other collections, like `Star Sullivan' and `The Builders', but a vast majority of them are entirely new material.

I have been a lifelong fan of Maeve's inimitable warmth, her easy to read style of writing about friendships, family, loss, and new or enduring love and of problems associated with the living of a life. These are the issues that Maeve has used as the focus for this collection of stories. They are like little homilies that we might learn from, the advice of a dear and wise friend and are stories with a carefully hidden morale that soon becomes all too clear, just as Maeve intended. They are shortened versions of the style of book that was the cornerstone of Maeve's inspirational ideas for her many lovely books.

I did feel that a few of the stories had been written with the idea of Maeve coming back to them at a later date in some instances. But this was sadly not to be. Usually so very certain to present a carefully rounded story with an enticing beginning, a middle which developed the story in all its splendour and an ending that just melted the heart and was so very satisfying, occasionally I was surprised with a very abrupt ending and left to ponder just why the story had not been completed with the usual dedication in finding a satisfactory ending. But I did enjoy reading this 400-page collection and I read each story carefully and with nostalgia, all the time knowing that this would be Maeve's very last contribution, gifted to us by one of the most talented and well loved authors of the modern school of wonderful Irish fiction.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must 11 Jun. 2014
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loved loved loved this book, read it in two days on holiday,the only thing is it made me very sad to think that we won't be able to have anymore like it from Maeve, think I might start at the beginning and read all her book's again
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars CHESTNUT STREET 25 April 2014
By Amanda TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Collated by her husband and based around the residents of the fictitious Chestnut Street this novel by the late Maeve Binchy is an assortment of short stories pertaining to every day people and their lives.
I felt that some of the tales ended too abruptly, but as is synonymous to this author they all contained that feel good factor.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Binchy 9 May 2014
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The only thing better than a Maeve Binchy story is a collection of them all in one book! These stories remind us why we will miss her special story-telling skills in the future.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Though I didnt expect anything less. 26 May 2014
By meg
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As an avid Maeve Binchy fan I was thrilled to hear they were putting some of her, as yet unread, short stories into a new book. It did not disappoint. I skipped 2 of the stories as I remembered reading them and wanted to read all the new ones first. Now I will re-read them all.
Loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm, Slice-Of-Life Short Stories 30 July 2015
By Arachne202 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
I do like to read short stories, and I've not read Maeve Binchy before, so I had no preconceived expectations. I picked up the book in the shop, read a story at random from the middle, and had to buy it!

I agree a number of the stories feel unfinished, and drift to an end in an inconclusive way, but many of them are finished and polished and worth the read. They are loosely centered around a fictional street in Dublin, and ramble over several decades from the 1960s to the present. The characters are very ordinary people, mostly - though not always - women of various ages, from teenagers to pensioners, and the format is that Ms Binchy sets up an initial premise for them, then about halfway through the story there's a transformation - sometimes in quite a surprising way.

The little pinches of the repressive nature of Irish life come in here and there, but not excessively. (Eg. a mother disapprovingly comments that her daughter might still be unmarried because she drives a car.) There is lots and lots of infidelity, and it wasn't until a story mentioned an upcoming referendum that I discovered that divorce was illegal in Ireland until 1998.(!!!!!!) Quite a few characters are school teachers, probably because Ms Binchy used to be a teacher herself, and I did giggle when one of them stumbled into a disco by a mistake to be greeted by most of her Fifth Form class - and she also had an armful of beer. Ms Binchy seems to have a distrust of ambitious men who talk a lot and try to get on in the corporate world, as quite a few of them populate the stories, and this is brought to its height in one case where a businessman is ordered to take up flower-arranging by his doctor, and brings to it his same killer instincts. You will never look at floral displays the same way again.

Overall though, what she celebrates are kindness, forgiveness, warmth, love and hope. Misguided hope, often. The story of the window cleaner with the wayward son was heartbreaking.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not her best 25 May 2014
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I can understand why Maeve Binchy didn't rush into print with this collection of stories - I think she, too, saw that they were not of the same quality as some of her others. However, her writing was so good that, if her shopping lists were to be published, her many fans would rush to buy them!

The problem is that her later works, from "Evening Class" (my particular favourite) onwards, were so well crafted that it must have been enormously difficult to maintain the standard to which we had become accustomed.

Her short stories such as "The Lilac Bus" and "Dublin 4" were miniature gems in their own right - Maeve was one writer who was equally comfortable with the long novel as the short story, but she didn't seem to have got into her stride with "Chestnut Street".

I would still recommend these as an interesting read, but just not quite as good as expected.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars As usual I thoroughly enjoyed Maeve's book
As usual I thoroughly enjoyed Maeve's book. Great from start to finish.
Published 8 days ago by Rose O'Brien
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good
Published 9 days ago by R M.
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Not received and I don`t remember ordering this book
Published 13 days ago by Margaret Carlin
5.0 out of 5 stars was a sad day for the literary world
The day Maeve Binchy past away, was a sad day for the literary world, and especially her fans. So when I saw Chestnut Street was being re-released, I had to review it. Read more
Published 16 days ago by the Reading Head
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Holiday read
Published 17 days ago by Suewheatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant as always
Written beautifully. Wonderful characters. Can't wait to read to end of book but also want to read it forever! Thank you
Published 17 days ago by Carrie
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it.
Vintage Maeve. Individual stories that eventually drawn the Streets characters together. Loved it.
Published 18 days ago by Mrs S Storey
4.0 out of 5 stars A winner
Mothers and their mates will love this book. Good service, too.
Published 20 days ago by Mr. A. Healy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great for reading a chapter before sleep. Individual stories which immediately take you into the character's lives
Published 22 days ago by Mrs Lesley C Houston
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the best I've read ....
Disappointing book which left me feeling quite depressed - what a lot of affairs, broken marriages and divorces in just one street!!
Published 23 days ago by D.B.
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