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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (29 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752865366
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752865362
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,238 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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A short story by Maeve will appear in WOMAN'S WEEKLY August Fiction Special Maeve has written the column Age of Enlightenment for THE TIMES T2 supplement (date tbc) Interview with Maeve for the SATURDAY TELEGRAPH Heaven & Hell column in the travel section Reviews are confirmed in WOMAN, WOMAN'S OWN, BEST, CHOICE

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One summer. Four strangers. A tragedy that will change their lives...A brilliant novel from the No. 1 bestselling author of HEART AND SOUL.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 July 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a good read and the sort of book to take on holiday - in a sense that's just what it's about, going on holiday. I bought it at the airport and read it on the flight to my holiday destination. The Greek scenery is described well and vividly, you can smell the lemons, olives and the cooking and the plot is poignant and moving.
Readers who have not yet discovered Maeve Binchy should be moved to look at some of her other books if they enjoy this. Those who know her work well may have a twinge of guilty disappointment. It is hard to crticise Binchy as her novels are engrossing with human interest and pacy plots. However, for me this book is not on a par with Evening Class, Tara Road, Quentin's or Scarlet Feather. It lacks depth compared to these.
It may be relevant that Binchy has not been in good health recently and this is, I think, her first novel to be published since she expressed her intention to give up novel writing and to concentrate on short stories. I found it hard to put my finger on what is lacking in this book but for me it is not her best.
Binchy has two more books in the pipeline and it would be good to think that these will have her characteristic verve and sparkle and sureness of touch. I do hope so as she has very many loyal fans.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By P Crocker on 1 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
I haven't finished this book yet but I am very disappointed with it so far. The characters are very two-dimnensional and so contrived. The way they meet and interact with each other has no depth and is frankly unbelieveable. The conversations are stilted..in fact it is hard to find much good to say about it. It is as if it has been written by a different person.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marette Sophie on 20 Aug. 2005
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I was very exciting to buy this book as I love Binchy's novels, they carry me into another dimension, and I usually fall in love with the characters...but this time, it was all so predictable and a bit boring as the people couldn't have been so stupid and the events are not believable, same for the place where it happens. As I'm learning Greek, I liked seeing a few Greek words in the text. This is a surface book, there's no under. It must be a nice read on the beach though, and it doesn't put me off buying her future books.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Zara on 21 Nov. 2004
Format: Hardcover
A huge fan of Maeve Binchy I picked this book up at the airport because of her famous name and reputation. I didn't even bother reading the back. The plot of the book is a bit unrealistic. A group of people are thrown together on a Greek island and become best friends in a matter of days. However I really liked the Greek setting which reminded me of sun amd summer - anything that brightens up the winter has to be a good thing. The one character I found annoying in the book was a meddling woman called Vonnie who took it upon herself to administer advice to everybody whethere it was asked for or not. The other characters were interesting enough and I liked the way they were all running away from something and realised that even if you run away, your problems have a habit of running after you! I also liked the way Irish nurse Fiona eventually saw the light regarding her abusive boyfriend. If you want to while away this Christmas curled up by the fire, you could do worse than reading this book. Ok, it might not be Binchy's best book ever, but it's still much better than what's out there on the shelves. And your mum will enjoy it too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 2005
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I have read all of Maeve Binchy's novels. She tells wonderful stories & her novels always have a strength to them that I have rarely found with other authors. However, her latest novel was extremely disappointing.
The idea of setting a novel on a Greek island & telling the stories of how the various characters came to be on it is a very interesting concept, but I found that Maeve Binchy did ramble on a bit. The book lacked "spirit" & whilst her description of the Greek island did make me long to return to a holiday I had in Crete 2 years ago, I really couldn't wait to finish Nights Of Rain & Stars to see if the style of writing did improve & sadly it didn't!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anna Paula on 28 July 2005
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I totally enjoyed this book. I read it while on vacation on a Greek island and it felt as if besides reading the story I also FELT the light breeze coming from the sea, saw the flowers and the blue sky, heard the music. The strongest point of Binchy's books is the development of characters and here is a fine example. Although nothing really spectacular happens, you feel drawn in the small village, wanting to meet the people there and share their company. Buy this book!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sophie on 17 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I was extremely disappointed with this latest edition to Maeve Binchy's works. Unlike all her other books, it had no great detail or excitement to hold the reader. All the characters seem rather plain and weak. Vonni - the local agony aunt, was particularly annoying! It lacked a good story line and having just spent two weeks in the Greek Isles, I felt that it captured none of the magic of Greece.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Feb. 2005
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I was immediately transported into the sunny holiday atmosphere of Greece, through Binchy's wonderfully evocative writing. The characters are easy to get to know, and with every page you want to find out more about them. I would recommend this book to those looking for a light, smooth read, a perfectly pleasant way to while away those dreary afternoons in winter!
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