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  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (4 Jun. 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409151786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409151784
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.4 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,485 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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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)

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. (Fanny Blake WOMAN & HOME)

Binchy wrote as naturally as she breathed, and this collection has all her trademark humanity and humour. (SAGA MAGAZINE)

A novel about one street written in separate stories that come together and show Maeve Binchy at her best ... fans will enjoy a brilliant read. (WOMANS WAY)

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

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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Ismay1012 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 April 2014
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Margot0912 on 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amanda TOP 500 REVIEWER on 25 April 2014
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Irish Dancer on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By meg on 26 May 2014
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. H E Steenson on 9 May 2014
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Would definïtely recommend a great collection of short stories by a brilliant author she will be sadly missed by all her fans
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. E. A. McBride on 27 April 2014
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I am a much greater fan of Maeve's full length novels than of her short story collections, so this was never going to rank among my favourites.

The stories are a mixed bunch, loosely united by the characters' connection with Chestnut Street. Some are well developed, but come to a rather sudden and apparently rushed ending. Some have a feeling of being unfinished or having been put aside for future editing, which sadly, Maeve was unable to complete.

Overall, it's an OK read, quite relaxing and entertaining like all Ms Binchy's work, but not one of her greates achievements.
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