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Victoria Line, Central Line

Victoria Line, Central Line [Kindle Edition]

Maeve Binchy
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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"Maeve Binchy has a gimlet eye for the seething cauldron of emotions which lies beneath the surface of everyday life" (Irish Independent)

"An adept storyteller with a sharp eye for social nuances and a pleasing affection for her characters" (Sunday Times)

Book Description

A vintage collection of short stories from the bestselling author of Light a Penny Candle and Circle of Friends

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 472 KB
  • Print Length: 436 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099498634
  • Publisher: Cornerstone Digital; New Ed edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0041OT958
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,820 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly excellent collection 23 Sep 1999
I have just bought a new edition of this book, having read (and shared) my first copy to pieces!
Without any doubt at all, this is the finest collection of 'modern' short stories I have ever read. Each story, like each of the succinctly described characters, is astonishing in a different way.
If you have ever wondered what people are REALLY like beneath the surface, in this book Maeve Binchy finds out for you. The changing faces of people within the fixedness of place is the theme of each story. No-one is who he/she appear to be and the surprises are endless.
Even if you have never buy another short-story collection. buy this one.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book for those on the run 11 Oct 2002
What a great book for those people who don't have time or just don't get the chance to read a whole book, this is ideal a collection of short stories.featuring tube stations and people who live or work there. Makes you wonder about the people you see everyday.Delightfully witty and thoughtfully I have to admit one of the first books Read by this author and from then on wanted more.There is something very real about the people told about and you get the feel for them. a Must for all.In fact felt so good about this book got a friend to buy it and if they did not like it promised them the money back, the friend loved this book and bought me the new book by this author. Happy Reading
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for travel 17 Nov 2012
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This book of short stories is ideal for travelling when you don't have time to get into a long story. I liked it as I used to live in London and enjoyed the way the stories were set around the tube.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Maeve Binchy 21 Mar 2009
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As with all her books, Maeve Binchy's 'Victoria Line' is comfortable reading. Got twenty minutes? A cup of tea and Maeve Binchy's short stories...... bliss!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good collection of short stories 12 April 2008
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Even though this collection was written in the 70s it hasn't dated. Human beings are still the same. Men change their minds about the women they are with, and women change their minds about their men. Characters have revelations and epiphanies, and interesting experiences out of the ordinary. There are disastrous reunions and blissful meetings. This is an excellent book to read while commuting as most of the stories can be read in 15-20 minutes. This was my first experience of Maeve Binchy and I shall certainly be reading more of her books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Victoria Line and Central Line were Maeve Binchy's first two books, later combined as London Transports, so don't buy one if you have the other! They are collections of short stories. The characters are rapidly and accurately drawn but generally not described in much detail. Many of the stories are darker-hued and harder-edged than in Binchy's later writing, and personally I didn't find this generally a "comfortable read", as one reviewer put it; the various characters have their human foibles as in all Binchy's work, but she didn't make me feel the same sympathy and empathy with them as in most of her novels and stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good read 18 Nov 2013
By jeani
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I have read most of Maeve Binchys books and never been disappointed . Her books are always full of characters and you feel you know them
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ace 15 Nov 2013
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I love this author. I have many of her books on my kindle. get lost in the stories she writes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Victoria Line, Central Line by Maeve Binchy
This author could make the reverse side of a bus ticket interesting to read. Packed with interesting and believable characters all of the stories and enjoyable and its difficult to... Read more
Published 1 day ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Julie Frost
3.0 out of 5 stars Far from her best
Having read everything Maeve Binchy wrote, this was my least favourite or all! Some of the short stories are downright unpleasant and none of them end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars maeve binchy
I love maeve's books. This one is short stories but still very enjoyable. I have added this book to my collection.
Published 3 months ago by doreen bean
3.0 out of 5 stars Late lamented Maeve.
I have so enjoyed Maeve Binchys wonderful novels and was genuinely saddened by her passing. This collection of very short stories, more like sketches really, give only a hint of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Queen Mab
4.0 out of 5 stars Victoria Line, Central Line
I enjoyed the stories, although some of them were a little surreal and a bit confusing at the end of the story.
Published 6 months ago by Lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars terriific as ususal from Maeve Binchy
if you are a Maeve Binchy fan you will love this, a gripping read from start to finish. read and read again
Published 6 months ago by Juliegoth
5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading
This book was brilliant as always look forward to more could not put it down such good reading as usual
Published 7 months ago by Yvonne Patterson
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read.
Once again Maeve Binchy has given us a good collection of stories. As I say in the heading another good read
Published 12 months ago by treacle 250
4.0 out of 5 stars Victoria Line, Central Line
Not quite, although almost, up to the standard of Bincheys other books read so far. That may just be personal choice of the story line.
Published 13 months ago by Mr. R. W. Fretwell
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