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The Return Journey and Other Stories [Hardcover]

Maeve Binchy
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)

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  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752825496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752825496
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,690,321 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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69 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book will appeal mainly to women. 1 Nov 2007
Whenever I pick up a Maeve Binchy story, I feel I am visiting an old friend. Although The Return Journey is no exception, it is different from her other books as it contains ten short stories. These 10 little nuggets are enjoyable in an easy reading sort of way. Each story revolves around a trip and lessons people learn about others and themselves when travelling. It would be a good book to take to the beach or for someone who has time for only a little reading in one sitting.
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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very nice journeys! 19 July 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Very sensable and common stories, each one of them unique and bitter-sweet. In a very plain, straightforward language she describes the deepest feelings of her characters. Firstly, I was sorry that these stories are short but then again, there is nothing missing from them. Buy this book, if you like quiet and lonely reading. For your holiday on the beach or just during your own journey.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly Enjoyable 4 July 1999
By A Customer
I purchased this book in Australia in October 1998 (in case you are wondering how I have managed to read it already). "Return Journey" is a highly enjoyable book continuing in the style of Maeve Binchey. It is a series of stories about people taking a trip or going on holiday. Each story has a moral that we can all learn from and each of us can relate to in some way. The book written in the easy and relaxing way in which we have come to expect from Maeve Binchey and i am sure will be another bestseller. If you have enjoyed other books by Maeve Binchey you will certainly enjoy this one and if you have not read anything by her before then this is a very good starting place. I hope everyone who reads it enjoyed it as much as I did.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some Stories repeated from a previous book 16 Oct 2009
I am a huge Maeve Binchy fan I have ALL her books, which I have thoroughly enjoyed. This one is 10 shorts stories five of which have been published in a previous book, so for me it was very disappointing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, except for a few too abrupt endings 30 Sep 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As always, Maeve Binchy delights me. I have never as yet read one of her books and not just wanted it to go on and on.

However, to a writer of Binchy's standard there are always great expectations and as much as I enjoyed "The Return Journey", in my opinion it's not one of her best.

The stories in this collection are uneven. In all of them the characters are interesting and the settings certainly pique ones curiosity. But while some are leading to a fulfilling conclusion, others just go nowhere and leave - at least me - feeling somewhat cheated. Not that life is not full of odd incidents with no particular meaning, but in a book of fiction one expects a bit of fairytale, unusual developments, excitement and, hopefully, a happy ending.

The abrupt endings leading into simply nothing, is the only flaw of an otherwise lovely collection of stories. Warm and thoughtful with lots of tiny observations along the road in true Maeve Binchy style.

My favourites are firstly "A Villa for Four", taking place in Greece. So real and alive, it's a true gem, especially for lovers of this country. Then "The September Letters", a story full of surprises which has it all - people from different backgrounds whose paths are crossing, leading to unexpected events and directions in their lives.

Almost 5 stars since what's good is excellent - 4 due to a bit too many vague and/or "missing" completions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Return Journey 3 Feb 2013
By eileen
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
It was an excellent book to read I am a great fan of Maeve Binchy and truly recommend this book
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not her finest 26 Sep 2009
I am a great fan of Maeve Binchy and I was eager to read this latest offering on holiday. I have to say it was a great let down, most of the stories seemed familiar and most also had a miserable ending. I didn't even plough on till the end.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Minty
Sorry, but this is the second collection of short stories published as if new when in fact all but one appear in earlier collections. I felt conned into buying this and agree with the other reviewer who felt short-changed. Maeve Binchy is highly readable and very popular and I think it is time that her publishers made clear when they are reissuing old collections instead of promoting the books as new.
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