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Maeve Binchy
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9 Jun 2011

Baby Frankie is born into an unusual family. Her mother is desperate to find someone to take care of her child and she doesn't have much time.

Noel doesn't seem to be the most promising of fathers but despite everything, he could well be Frankie's best hope.

As for Lisa, she is prepared to give up everything for the man she loves; surely he's going to love her back?

And Moira is having none of it. She knows what's right, and has the power to change the course of Frankie's life...but Moira is hiding secrets of her own.

MINDING FRANKIE is a story about unconventional families, relationships which aren't quite what they seem, and the child at the heart of everyone's lives...

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (9 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140911791X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409117919
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 36,287 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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Binchy weaves her magic once again in an addictive story about families and people who aren't always quite what they seem. (WOMAN & HOME)

One of our best-loved novelists weaves an intriguing story. (WOMAN'S OWN)

This highly acclaimed Irish author has produced yet another heart-warmer ... a lovely story of unconventional relationships and the importance of children. (SOUTH WALES ARGUS)

A delightful book about an unusual family (IRISH NEWS)

A heart-warming tale of how affection and determination can deliver the love a child needs to flourish in an unconventional environment. (GOOD BOOK GUIDE)

In 27 years Maeve Binchy has sold more than 40 million books. MINDING FRANKIE is a reminder of the author's savvy ability to delivery what her loyal following has come to expect. (IRISH TIMES)

Maeve Binchy is a sublime storyteller, and with MINDING FRANKIE you are captured from the very first page until the final poignant last sentence. Her characters are always well drawn and this book is no exception, you are taken inside their lives and relationships. If you are looking for a book for a very satisfying weekend, or autumn read, this is absolutely perfect! Highly Recommended! (HOT BRANDS COOL PLACES)

Binchy ... is a class act. (DAILY EXPRESS)

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A superb novel from No. 1 bestselling author Maeve Binchy: 'She is the Queen of Fiction...Once you read Maeve you are hooked for life' Irish Times

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151 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy at her best 29 Sep 2010
By S. J. Mitchell VINE VOICE
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A new Maeve Binchy is always enough to get me excited and this one does not disappoint. In true Binchy style we are gradually introduced to our cast, a diverse group with a range of problems; amongst many, the young mother on borrowed time (a heartbreaking little story of her own there), the young father and his attempts to turn his life around and Moira, who is waiting on the sidelines for her chance to play a part. And in the centre of it all, young Frankie, whose well-being depends on them all.

As with most of Binchy's books, there are the delightful little cameos by stars of previous stories, Brenda Brennan and, my own favourites, Aiden and Nora Dunne (they did get married then, possibly this thrilled me more than anything!) which make the book feel like an extension of all that has gone before. Everyone has a story, and everything falls into place when you realise what that is.

It's a delightful read, another one that I couldn't put down and had to read from cover to cover in one hit. That's always the sign of a good book. Now I must twiddle my thumbs till the next one.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Minding Frankie 28 Nov 2010
Minding Frankie is my favourite Maeve Binchy book so far. All of the characters are at worst sympathetic, and most are extremely likeable. There is sufficient dramatic tension to have made it hard to put the book down, but I never felt that endlessly suspended feeling that I've been finding too often lately. I found one character (Emily) a wee bit unbelievable. She seems to be there solely to catalyze what happens to everyone else, but, she's not intrusive enough to interfere with the other characters more fully developed selves. I would strongly recommend this book to Maeve Binchy fans and to anyone who enjoys contemporary fiction. Simply delightful.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Binchy is Back! 3 Oct 2010
Having always been a Binchy fan, I was somewhat bored with her last two books.. this new one in a league of it own, well written, fantastic range of characters and lots of laughter and tears. The book centres around Baby Frankies arrival into the world and the calamity and joy caused by her arrival. A tragic Fairytale in parts, but overall very uplifting and sooo well put together... I read this in two days, could not put it down!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars back to her best! 24 April 2011
Having found some of Maeve's recent books a bit boring, I hadn't read any for a while. I received this as a present and read it on holiday and I loved it! Heart warming, sad and funny, I really enjoyed it and couldn't put it down. Maeve's is back to her best!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Little Advance Preparation 15 Jan 2011
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As a Maeve Binchy fan,I have devoured all her books and I agree Minding Frankie sees her back on top form. I feel there is little I can add to the positive reviews but maybe if you haven't read Heart and Soul, try and read it first so that it refreshes your knowledge of the characters who reappear. Although Minding Frankie is a stand alone book, I found myself trying to remember the details of the various characters such as Declan, Muttie and the twins. I was devastated when Maeve announced a few years ago that she was retiring as I would no longer have a big, fat book to devour on autumn nights. Glad she came back! Now for the next one...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New to Maeve Binchy 29 Nov 2010
By Free Spirit VINE VOICE
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I haven't read any of Maeve Binchy's books before, but she is well known as an author so I thought I would try this book out.

I liked the style of writing which was easy and bouncy. The story jogged along nicely with believeable characters and an amusing story line.

I enjoyed this book but didn't find it a completely compelling read.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfuly, heartwarming book! 28 Sep 2010
By Caroline P. VINE VOICE
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This is Maeve Binchy really back on form. I have felt that her more recent books have been painfully formulaic, thin on content and somehow written as if the author was going through the motions. This book though felt like it was written with passion and feeling. I loved it. I loved the characters. I found it hard to put down.

Now it is certainly true that you could find things to criticise. This is a story of people, many of them quite damaged, rising above themselves. Becoming more than perhaps their stories condemned them to be. Now we do know this happens plenty in real life. It is however fairly unlikely that it could happen to so many people in one small area. This isn't "gritty realism". What it IS, is a great story and an inspiring one. Gritty realism surrounds us in real life and is perfectly valid as a novel form. But for me, spinning a wonderful story and feeling good about the best in people is just as valid. Sometimes real life just needs a break! So whether you enjoy this novel may depend on your feelings about the kind of story you like to read. But if you want to suspend reality, get completely absorbed and feel cheered and uplifted, this book should work for you.

For years Maeve Binchy was *the* writer for Irish "people stories". In recent years I would argue that crown has passed to Marion Keyes. With this book, Maeve Binchy steps right back up again. I feel sure that if you enjoy, or have enjoyed, either writer you will gain a great deal of pleasure from this novel.

Heartily recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As good as ever 30 Dec 2010
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Read this over Christmas and sad to have finished it. Slightly predictable formula a la Binchy but nevertheless a thoroughly good read. If you have read others you meet characters from other novels but it doesn't matter if you haven't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting read
I love how all the lives of the characters are intertwined around looking after baby Frankie. It was a brilliant page turner which sees all major characters go on their own... Read more
Published 2 days ago by madamej
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read with characters that all came together to make ...
A great read with characters that all came together to make a fab wee book
Published 5 days ago by rosiebee
3.0 out of 5 stars I thought it was all too nice. No real meaty plots or sub plots
Disappointing compared to previous novels. I thought it was all too nice. No real meaty plots or sub plots.
Published 11 days ago by Helene Morland
3.0 out of 5 stars sad, with a feel good factor
A light read, humorous, sad, with a feel good factor. Really enjoyed.
Published 13 days ago by Daphne McCrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good guality book
Published 17 days ago by E.C. Monaghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Binchy at her
Excellent Binchy at her best
Published 18 days ago by Marjorie Jones
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Lovely pleasant reading.
Published 23 days ago by Mrs P A Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought this for my wife she is loving it.
Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it.
Lovely book, lovely story. Really enjoyed it.
Published 24 days ago by Chris H
4.0 out of 5 stars A pleasant easy read.
I found this story to be light, chatty and pleasant. Plenty of colourful characters all all relating well to real life.Although the social worker was very annoying. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. A. Willo
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