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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Orion; Abridged edition edition (2 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140910138X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409101383
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 14 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,007,003 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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An old copper beech overlooks a school, and witnesses all the hopes and loves, dreams and ambitions of the children who grew up there... Abridged edition.

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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, most notably Circle of Friends and 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. Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.com

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, most notably Circle of Friends and 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. Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.com

Kate Binchy has worked extensively in all media from West End to fringe theatre. Numerous television appearances include RUTH RENDELL MYSTERIES, FATHER TED, PEAK PRACTICE, CASUALTY, POIROT and FAIR CITY. She has appeared in over 500 radio plays, and films such as MRS DALLOWAY and THE LONELY PASSION OF JUDITH HEARNE. She is Maeve's cousin and has read all of Maeve's audiobooks.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dizzyshelly on 8 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
I quite enjoyed this book, although I don't think it is the best Binchy book about. Its a nice story and I like the way it is written as if its several short stories. Would recomend for lighter reading for sure.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2000
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The Copper Beech by Maeve Binchy is a story about the lives of people who live in a small Irish village called Shancarrig. It's not one story, but the story of a group of towns folk and how their lives intertwine, their living, their loves and losses. The Copper Beech, the large tree that stands in front of the school house, records the lives of these characters as they carve their initials and dreams into its bark. This is the second time I have read THe Copper Beech and I think I enjoyed it even more the second time through. Maeve Binchy shows the strengths and weaknesses of each character, some you can feel close to, some seem untouchable, but they all make up the town of Shancarrig. If you have ever lived in a small town where there really are no secrets (every one knows you business) and yet, there are secrets in everyone's life, you will cetainly enjoy this book.
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By Javaslublu Books on 17 Sept. 2008
Format: Hardcover
By the school house at Shancarrig stands a copper beech, its bark scarred with the names and dreams of the pupils who have grown up under its branches. Under Junior Assistant Mistress Maddy Ross's careful gaze the children play, but out of school Maddy's gaze lingers where it shouldn't. Maura Brennan, a bundle of fun from the rough end of town, plays with her pals: leap year baby Eddie Barton, the apple of his mother's eye, and Nessa Ryan, who little realises as she carves his name at the roots of the copper beech on the very last day of school that she'll get a lot more from one of her schoolmates than her first shy kiss.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denise Rowland on 7 April 2013
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enjoyed another maeve binchy read - easy reading whilst relaxing - if you like maeve binchy style, then you will enjoy this one.
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To me, a typical and thoroughly enjoyable Maeve Binchy novel; a group of interesting characters with varied stories, all sympathetically drawn with their various gifts and weaknesses, and a beautifully drawn Irish small-town atmosphere. Different people have different preferences; I marginally prefer "Evening Class" and "Whitethorn Woods", and enjoyed all of these more than "Quentins".
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By Jean on 13 Aug. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I enjoyed the book, but it was not one of Maeve Binchy's best due to the way it was written. However the last chapter tied it all together. I also still have other Maeve Binchy books to read so havn't read them all.
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This book based around the huge Copper Beech tree near the school is an interesting collection of stories about various people ( inter-relating with each other )written by the master of story-telling. - Maeve Binchy
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By Margo Mann on 28 Jun. 2013
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When i purchased this talking book for my mother. she had already read it but she still enjoyed reading this book again. I found this purchase good value for money and i would buy from this seller again
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