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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (1 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752883070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752883076
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.1 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,043 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 motivating, and pleasingly undaunted volume for the would be writer in your life. (DAILY MAIL)

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Fascinating and informative - advice to inspire budding writers as well as entertaining Maeve Binchy fans the world over.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Peg Phillips on 30 Aug 2008
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I cannot believe that this book has had such bad reviews so far. As far as I'm concerned it belongs right up there with Stephen King's 'On Writing'.

The book, in the form of Maeve Binchy's letters and short essays from other experts in the world of writing, provides clear, succinct advice on the business of being a writer. This is not a 'how-to' book to teach you the craft of writing, rather it's a 'get-on-with-it' book - you have the idea for a story, now no excuses, start writing. I found this book to be a refreshing change from other long-winded books on the subject, where you have to wade through so much waffle before finding any helpful information.

With regard to one of the negative reviews below - It's totally incorrect to say that 90% of the information pertains only to those living in Ireland. Maeve Binchy has sold more than 50 million books in 40 countries (isn't Google great?), it seems totally ridiculous to suggest that her advice, and the advice of the other experts, is only relevant to the Irish. The quote from the book saying 'this is a nice little book, we mustn't waste it', was referring to the fact that the book was designed to be used as a writer's journal as well, with blank pages interspersed throughout for your thoughts and ideas, not for shopping lists and doodles.

There is also an excellent short story by Maeve Binchy at the end of the book, entitled 'The Writing Class'.

If you're looking for motivation to write, buy this book and place it on your bookshelf right next to 'On Writing' and your dictionary/thesaurus reference book because it's a book that you will be coming back to again and again - I can't give it much higher praise than that.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Book Critic TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Oct 2011
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This was a disappointment. I'm not sure what the remit for this very slim volume was, but I was expecting something more detailed, more informative. I was expecting chapters on the craft of writing, I was hoping for more of *Maeve Binchy*, her writing experiences or at the very least, some anecdotes about *writing*. What I got was a rather thin gruel of simplistic and frequently patronising advice one might give a class of nine year olds who think they might like to be writers one day. You don't want to scare them, or confuse them with a lot of detail, merely encourage and applaud their ambition; that is what this book feels like, it has a condescending, kid-gloves tone that made my hackles rise.

Some of the contributors' chapters are a little better, Ferdia McAnna's 'Writing Comedy' and 'Less is More' by Gerald Dawe were especially good.

There's a new short story at the end, 'The Writing Class'; the Maeve Binchy fan might want to pick this volume up second-hand somewhere in order to read it. I'm sad to say, I wouldn't pay the full cover price for this in the hope of learning something about writing, there are far better books to be had for the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annette Dunlea Irish Author on 22 July 2009
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Maeve Binchy : The Writers Club
The Writers Club is a book written by Ireland's queen of fiction Maeve Binchy as a beginner's writers guide. It is published by Orion and its ISBN is 0752883070. It is as one would expect written in Maeve's usual style both witty and compassionate . She says everyone can write ! It comprises of 20 letters from Maeve to aspiring writers including advice on writing and getting published. Tips on what publishers and agents are looking for are included, as is snippets of a writer's life. Blank pages are included for personal thoughts and notes so it can be used as a journal. A sweet short story by Maeve Binchy called Writing Class is also included. It is a pleasant book aimed to inspire people to just pick up a pen and begin to write. I am a huge Mave Binchy fan and that helped but I still highly recommend to all libraries, bookclubs, colleges and budding writers. Reviewed by Annette Dunlea author of Always and Forever and The Honey Trap.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rosemary Kaye on 18 Oct 2009
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I have just read this book and I really enjoyed it.

I accept that it is quite simple and straightforward, but what it is most of all is encouraging. I think that most of us who like, or want, to write know what we need to do really - sit down and get on with it - and I find Maeve's chatty little letters a great incentive. There are far too many over-long, complicated writing manuals out there, and I bet most successful writers have never read them. As the previous reviewer says, Maeve is a very successful author, whereas many of the other books seem to me to be written by people who haven't actually published very much.

Maeve says at the beginning that she had no formal training and did not come from a great literary family - she just got up at the crack of dawn for years and wrote - and look what happened. I take my hat off to her - she'll never win the Booker prize, but like Jilly Cooper and other popular writers, she'll give people a great deal more pleasure. Above all, she makes it clear that there are no secrets - something which I feel many authors of more highbrow writing guides would do well to remember.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Duke on 29 Nov 2011
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Specific, helpful, to the point,as easily read and understood as one of Maeves great stories.Great lists of helpful points, competitions and further reading studies. As a 59 year old aspiring writer I found it the best help I could get without leaving the house and I imagine, probably the best encouragement to finish my 'work' even if I did. Thank you Maeve for your books and your encouragment.
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