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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 1st Paperback Edition edition (2 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752879545
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752879543
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 0.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (136 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,424 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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Star Sullivan is being promoted by Colman Getty as part of the World Book Day 'Quick Reads' campaign. 'My Favourite Teacher' in TES ran on 17 February. Maeve wil be featured in the column 'I didn't Get Where I am today' in the TIMES MAGAZINE on 4 March. Maeve also wrote a comment piece for HELLO on Quick reads and literacy which appeared in 28 Feb issue.

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Maeve Binchy's highly successful Quick Read - reissued specially for the 2007 World Book Day promotion.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By LindyLouMac on 4 Jun 2007
Format: Paperback
A pleasant enough little story about The Sullivan family and in particular the youngest daughter. This was published especially for World Book Day and as such I think intended more for those amongst us that do not normally enjoy reading. How can that be not us you say! However we all know someone we would like to encourage to read, try this then!

This little book only 106 pages took me one afternoon session to read. It is one of the 'Quick Reads' publications.

The story is also a good introduction to the work of Maeve Binchy, though due to its length much shallower than her novels. I hope 'Quick Reads' will also work as an introduction to authors people may otherwise not try. Maybe also get people keen on reading!
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 May 2006
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This was a disappointing read. I liked Nights of Rain & Stars, but this was just too shallow. I guess it may be hard to achieve the usual Maeve Binchy standard in such a short book, but everyone I lent the book too felt the same way.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Halliday on 10 Dec 2011
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I have been an avid reader of Maeve Binchy for years and this is again a gripping story that takes you on a journey with the family involved, a brilliant piece of writing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kate on 12 Sep 2012
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This book was a really good read,, as usual, from the late great, Maeve Binchy. The characters come to life and you really are in the story with them, and feel you know them. Enjoyed it from start to finish.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LidoLil on 21 Feb 2011
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Maeve Binchy on form.If you liked 'Lilac Bus' and 'Evening Class' The main character Star is both irresitable and irritating like most teenagers! Recommended.
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Because Oona Sullivan was such a special child everyone started to call her Star instead. She never made any trouble, she always smiled and she was sweet and kind to everyone. Her only wish in life was for everyone to be happy. Growing up that doesn't change. Star is a kind and dreamy teenager who doesn't have any real friends. She can't stop worrying. Her father has a gambling problem, her brother is destined to be in trouble with the police and her sister has an eating disorder. When she meets Laddy Hale, her new next door neighbour who is just a few years older than her Star begins to change. It's love at first sight, but he doesn't seem to notice her. For years she's been doing her very best to make him love her. Now that she's in love it doesn't mean she's stopped worrying though. Star doesn't share her fears with anyone, except maybe with Laddy. Is she going to be all right or will Star see her whole world fall apart?

Star isn't the brightest girl, but she's the most helpful and sweet girl there is. Because she's never any trouble to anyone, nobody really bothers with her either. That makes her a lonely girl. The worrying and trying to make people happy leads to having to keep many secrets and they make Star even more worried. Star means well, but like the cover of the book already says, that sometimes isn't enough. There's an important lesson to be learned. Star has to see what the consequences of her actions are. The reader of the story actually learns from this as well. I loved this quick read. It's an amazing story about a girl who cares so much it makes her forget about who she is. I'm a big fan of Maeve Binchy's work and this is another one of her wonderful stories.
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By June Doll TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Aug 2014
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I usually like Maeve Binchy and have read most of her books but I liked this book least of everything I have read of hers. It is a moralistic tale but is very simplistic, very black and white (unlike real-life). The heroine is Oona Sullivan, known to everyone as "Star". She was given the name because her mother thought she was a "little star". Her mother said how ss a baby she was no trouble at all and was always smiling. Even when she grew older she had a "ready smile and a good nature, and she did everything that she was asked to". So Star was very biddable, very compliant. She wanted everyone to be happy. This was a very worthy desire but unfortunately real life is not like that and Star was unwilling to accept that. She avoided confrontation and if a situation was difficult in any was, she buried her head in the sand and simply ignored it or avoided it. She never tackled problems head on, simply denied that they existed. Unfortunatly this meant that problems were never resolved, they were ignored until they became far more serious and far more difficult to solve. This then is the moral of the tale - the need to accept life as it is - good and bad and to deal with it, not hide from it. Star is forced to learn this the hard way.

As is often the case with Maeve Binchy, even the most complex problems (such as gambling addiction) are solved in the most simplistic of ways and this can become quite annoying. However, there is no denying that her books are always very readable and I did read this to the end and I still found enjoyment in it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tussy on 28 Nov 2013
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This book is a quick and easy read. It's a nice story and an undemanding read. There's not much substance to it and it is quite predictable.
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