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Irish Girls About Town [Hardcover]

Maeve Binchy , Marian Keyes , Cathy Kelly , et al
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (2003)
  • ISBN-10: 0708994962
  • ISBN-13: 978-0708994962
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 14.6 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,135,242 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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16 Short stories by Irish Women Writers: Marian Keyes; Joan O'Neill; Catherine Barry; Cathy Kelly; Gemma O'Connor; Mary Ryan; Sarah Webb; Julie Parsons; Maeve Binchy; Martina Devlin; Annie Sparrow; Colette Caddle; Catherine Dunne, Marisa Mackle; Tina Reilly; Morag Prunty

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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!!! 30 April 2002
This is probably the funniest book I've read in ages. It is a perfect holiday read with stories that will have you in stitches. Even my man thought it was funny. Some of my favourite Irish writers are in this collection and also new writers that I hadn't yet heard of but will be definitely looking out for in the future!
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
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Ive always been a huge fan of Irish writers and their brilliant wit. So I was expecting a lot from this collaboration and I wasnt dissapointed.
There were the offerings from the established authors ie: The fantastic Marian Keyes and Maeve Binchy but there was also less familiar irish talent on offer. Although the stories are short the charecters are established well & you do familiarise yourself with their situations as you would a full length novel.
In short this book is funny, sad, serious and a great distraction from normal life all in one book. To end on a cheesy cliche I couldnt put it down.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars *A real girlsbook!!!* 22 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Hilarious, funny and interesting, is what I think about this book! It is very funny, and I couldn't help laughing out loud when I was reading it. Still it seems like something's missing! Maybe reality is missing. I mean, I must be honest and say, that I can't imagine anything like these stories happening for me. But maybe that just makes them even more fun?!? All in all it is a must for girls!!!
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A laugh-out loud roadtrip around Ireland 6 April 2002
By A Customer
Just finished Irish Girls About Town and I can't stop smiling!
This giggle-a-second collection of short stories has had me sniggering throughout my lunch breaks all week. I especialy enjoyed Marisa Mackle's story 'Girls Weekend' a witty tale of love, coincidence, friendship and the man that almost got away! Along with a refreshing array of talented new authors the book has stories from literary legends Maeve Binchy and Marian Keyes and both of these authors live up their name. All in all this selection of short stories has somthing to offer everyone and this is one book that I will be reading over and over again!
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41 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Sisters are doing it for them selves!
the literary talents of Maive Binchy and Marian Keyes have once again run riot around this witty collection fo short stories. Join in fun in Annie Sparrow's story as her heroine fails to notice the man of her dreams even when he's sitting directly opposide her!
Jump on bord as Cathy Kelly takes you on a road trip or prepare to pack your bag for the best "girls-weekend" ever with Marisa Mackle's story which has more twists then a roller coaster ride!I genuinly could not put this book down. Its more adictive than chocolate! And definitly worth treating yourself to.With so many best selling authors contributing a story your sure to find somthing to appeal to your tastes. I'd recommend it to anyone and the money even goes to charity.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A holiday read - even if you're not on holidays! 19 May 2003
By A Customer
I had meaning to buy this book for a long time and I must say when I got around to purchasing it I wasn't dissappointed. Apart from one or two stories which didn't exactly 'set my world alight' this was over all a great collection by Irish women writers and I was delighted to discover some new Irish writers like Catherine Barry, Julie Parsons, Marisa Mackle and Colette Caddle.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great find! 4 April 2005
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I recently bought 4 books with short stories by Irish and Scottish women -- and the first two were a disappointment. Then I started reading the third one, IRISH GIRLS ABOUT TOWN, and what a difference! Now, this was exactly my cup of tea :)
I especially enjoyed three stories -- The 28th Day by Catherine Barry, The Union Man by Tina Reilly and The Ring Circle by Martina Devlin. (I was disappointed by the fact that Maeve Binchy's story seemed to be an extract from one of her novels...)
"The 28th Day" is a fantastic description of PMT. How clever to think of that subject matter! Yes, really! You have to read it to see what I mean. Barry treats her character with such humour and understanding. An absolutely wonderful short story -- and I am most definitely going to order Barry's novels, now that I have "discovered" her!
The same goes for Reilly. After reading her brilliant story, "The Union Man" (about a woman married to a "mother's boy"), I want to read more of her work. Both these writers have a way of getting a serious point across by using humour and irony. And they write about things so many women have experienced, no matter what country they live in. Perfect!
I loved Devlin's "The Ring Circle" for similar reasons as the first two writers I mentioned. She deals with such an ordinary subject matter (what to do with the wedding band after a divorce) in such a comic way. I'm sure many of us have been in that situation. What DO we do with the ring when the marriage is over?
Oh, these are writers you simply MUST get to know. I discovered them by chance ... and I am sooooooo glad!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Condition of inner pages
Received on specified date inner pages yellowed and stained with either oil or grease very disappointed only fit for bin certainly won't buy from this sorce again.
Published 5 months ago by Jean Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read of lovely stories
A lovely book with nice stories from all the top lady writers. Non of them linked so each story is brand new.
Published 8 months ago by Ann Howard
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Published 17 months ago by maeve1230179
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
I have really got into Irish writers recently so I was thrilled to pick this up in a charity shop. Fun, quirky and original, this books gives you a taste of different Irish... Read more
Published on 27 Oct 2011 by Vivienne Kelly
2.0 out of 5 stars Noncommital entertainment
Irish girls about town is a collection of very chick littery shortstories, made as a light read. However, I got a little irritated about the many tales just revolving about a girl... Read more
Published on 5 May 2009 by Nan
3.0 out of 5 stars A hit & miss affair
As an avid reader I often run out of my own books & turn to my wife's collection. She had recently bought this but had not yet read it so I though I would give it a go (anything... Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the money
Buying this book is money well spent as it's the type of collection you'll want to leave on the bedside locker and dip in and outt as you please. Read more
Published on 21 July 2004 by Zara
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