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Circle Of Friends [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Binchy
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Book Description

An enchanting novel of fierce loyalty and love in changing times, from the bestselling author of Light a Penny Candle.

Big, generous-hearted Benny and the elfin Eve Malone have been best friends growing up in sleepy Knockglen. Their one thought is to get to Dublin, to university and to freedom...

On their first day at University College, Dublin, the inseparable pair are thrown together with fellow students Nan Mahon, beautiful but selfish, and handsome Jack Foley. But trouble is brewing for Benny and Eve's new circle of friends, and before long, they find passion, tragedy - and the independence they yearned for.

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"Maeve Binchy has a gimlet eye for the seething cauldron of emotions which lies beneath the surface of everyday life" (Irish Independent)

"An adept storyteller with a sharp eye for social nuances and a pleasing affection for her characters" (Sunday Times)

"Full of warmth and pure delight" (Woman & Home)

"As gripping as a blockbuster, but infinitely gentler and wiser" (Cosmopolitan)

"[An] irresistible invitation to share the lives of people who believe in enduring values" (Detroit Free Press)

Book Description

An enchanting novel of fierce loyalty and love in changing times, from the bestselling author of Light a Penny Candle

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 792 KB
  • Print Length: 736 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (30 Sept. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041OT8RC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,684 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best. Full stop 27 Oct. 2009
By AFan
This is my favourite book and has been since I first read it at the age of 17, and I get just as much out of it ten years on as I did back then. I read it yearly and often look to the sensible, independent and loyal female characters Binchy writes for advice and guidance.

The book Circle of Friends (NEVER see the film) has got everything a woman could ask for in a story. It'll make you laugh and cry, it'll fill you with anger and pity and you'll lose yourself as the plot unfolds.

More than this, it's the ultimate, triumphant story of two misfit girls who, against the odds of appearance and circumstance, find their place in the adult world. They face trials in the form of beautiful girls, handsome men, upper-class snobbery and controlling nuns, but, by remaining loyal to each other and remaining resolute through hardship, they achieve their independence and succeed.

Read it. It's the first book I'll ever give my daughter when she comes of age.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumph for Maeve Binchey! 11 July 2005
Having read many of Maeve Bincheys books, i have to say that Cirle of Frieds, one of her earlier novels, is easily one of the best, and a book i would happily recommend to anyone looking for an entertaining, laugh-out-loud, hankies at the ready book.
Based on two friends, Benny and Eve, from a sleepy village in Ireland, the book centres on friendship and growing up. Binchey deals with love, tradegy, the struggle to fit in, and the strength of true loyalty between friends.
The characters are wonderful, people you love, like, dislike and hate. People you relate to and people you can easily imagine. Maeve Binchey has a talent of making you feel part of the story, making the characters seem like people you know and the heartaches feel like they are yours.
I laughed out loud at this book, as i do at most Binchey novels, she is a truly humerous Irish author. I also shed a few tears! The Irish backdrop, the accents and the life in a Catholic village with nuns for teachers, is ever popular in Bincheys stories and a formula that works again and again.
Read this book. . . . and appreciate the people close to you. Too often we take the people we love for granted. . . .let Circle of Friends show you real strength among true friends!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER WONDERFUL BOOK FROM MAEVE! 13 Jan. 2012
By Sharpy
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love everything that comes from the pen of Maeve Binchy and this book is no exception. I'd not read the book previously but added the CD version to my collection as soon as it was published, and was not disappointed. I have every book of Maeve's which has been published on CD - and love them all. Circle of Friends is unabridged and runs for about 15 hours - it never lost my interest at any point. The characters are all so believable and interwoven throughout the story. I find the CD versions of Maeve's books come to life when read so beautifully by Kate Binchy and give the characters their own "voices". Having listened to them, I sometimes find films/DVDs of the same stories a bit confusing because I already have a picture in my head of the characters - and they look all wrong on screen! I would highly recommend this story in any version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Irish life 1 April 2009
The story starts in a little Irish town outside Dublin City called Knockglen. Two ten year old girls become the best of friends. Benny Hogan is an only child, over protected by her parents, and Eve Malone the daughter of a protestant mother and catholic father, who has lost both of her parents and been reared in a convant by nuns.

The story then goes on to when the girls are 18 years old and start university in UCD Dublin. They meet beautiful shallow Nan, popular Jack and others and form a friendship. Nans dream is to meet and marry a rich man. She will do anything to have this dream come true and it doesnt matter who she hurts. Benny fall's in love with Jack and to everyones suprise as shes not the most beautiful in the cirle of friends and referred to by the men in the group as 'Big Ben' Jack also falls for her.

As usual with books written by Binchy this has quite an unpredictable ending. This book is full of humour, this is probably the best Binchy book ive read so far!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! 21 May 2000
The second Maeve Binchy book I ever read and now I've read them all this is still the best. The characters almost seem real - you feel you know them and the book ends you want to keep reading about them - if only the author would write a follow-up! Great Book - Great Read
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, un-putdownable. 7 May 2000
By A Customer
This book is brilliant. It was the first Binchy novel that I read and is by far the best. The characters are alive and the story is completely gripping - ranging from painfully sad to hilarity. Buy it, read it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
After several years since reading Circle of Friends, I can still remember it. You felt for the main female charector and followed her through the years she developed into a young women. I could not put it down and when I had to could not wait to pick it up again. I felt her charector was that of a flower that was never picked, were infact she was the lovliest flower in the garden. Her charector blossemed. You became part of the book as you read, I was sad when she was sad and of course happy when things went right for her. A brillient read. Infact well worth reading again as it was so enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Unbelievably dated. Inconsequential tale of friendships , completely lacking punch or subtlety.
Published 11 days ago by Sally Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My mother in law enjoyed this read on her kindle
Published 1 month ago by STEPHEN JP
5.0 out of 5 stars If only life was like this
As described, arrived on time, nothing more to add other than hours of wonderful listening.
Published 1 month ago by Boston4Jim
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic storytelling about Irish life
Love this book. Maeve Binchy writes with such warmth and knowledge about life in Ireland and captures the mood of 1950's Ireland well. Read more
Published 1 month ago by mary richards
5.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy at her best - this is a classic
Can't recommend this highly enough - a 'must read'
I remember this story from years ago and was really looking forward to reading it again - it didn't disappoint.
Published 2 months ago by Alison McLean
4.0 out of 5 stars Thank you for sending this promptly. The book was ...
Thank you for sending this promptly. The book was well received by the person it was intended for even though they had already read it. It will certainly get read again. Thanks
Published 2 months ago by Andrea Smith
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Published 4 months ago by molly
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 4 months ago by audrey roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I loved my purchase.
Published 4 months ago by caroline hyndman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Lovely story a very enjoyable read.
Published 5 months ago by Lizzie
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