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London Transports Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jan 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 Jan. 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440212359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440212355
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 386,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" Binchy makes you laugh, cry and care. Her warmth and sympathy render the daily struggles of ordinary people heroic and turn storytelling into art.-- "San Francisco Chronicle"

"Binchy makes you laugh, cry and care. Her warmth and sympathy render the daily struggles of ordinary people heroic and turn storytelling into art. "San Francisco Chronicle""

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Whether it's the sudden snapping of bonds between lovers or shopping on Oxford Street, Maeve Binchy finds the unexpected truth in experiences so real that every woman will recognize them. Filled with her delicious humor and warmth, the twenty-two stories in London Transports will delight and captivate as they take us to a place that is far away--and yet so familiar...
...Where having an affair with a married man brings one woman to a turning point
...Where another finds that looking for an apartment to share can be a risky business
...Where nosing into a secretary's life can have a shocking result
...Where a dress designer just had a god-awful day
...And where Maeve Binchy captures the beat of every woman's heart

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By A Customer on 5 Feb. 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Maeve Binchy is, by far, my favorite author and I find it difficult to criticize anything she writes. London Transports was definitely a readable collection of short stories, although it wasn't her best. She repeats herself in one story...it shows up later in The Return Journey. On the plus side, however, some of the stories deal with topics not presented in her other books. They shine with Binchy's wit and style that I always enjoy in all her books, and I never thought once about stopping. If you are a die-hard Binchy fan who has made it your goal to read all her works (like me), go ahead and read this book. It's worth it.
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Characters are so real and credible,the story is so simple and engaging,yet I have the feeling I read it in another book...another Binchy story collection.Still despite repetitions,it's nice to re-read what you like.Great story-teller,keeps you turning the pages,yet I'd like her to reinvent herself with the addition of some new content,strikingly different.
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By A Customer on 11 July 1998
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Even those of us who love to get lost in a good, long read, often appreciate the short story as a change of pace. I felt as if I too were journeying through London on the Tube, peeking into the lives of my fellow (or should I say "sister" ) commuters. This book is for everyone who ever sat bored on a train, imagining storylines for everyone sitting nearby!
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I loved this collection. Each story draws you into a different world and the great thing about this book is that you can pick it up and leave it down as you please, and then go back and reread your favourite pieces!
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By A Customer on 27 Jan. 1998
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I found each story made me think. Each of the short 22 chapters deals with issues that aren't easy to resolve, so Maeve leaves you to solve it in your own mind. I loved this book and would suggest it to anyone who wants to use their head while reading, yet doesn't want to get involved in a long story. You can take each chapter as you want and read into it as you wish.
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This book was chock full of short stories. One chapter each. MB's meticulous writing style and strength of character development are what make her books wonderful. Chapter long stories just aren't her showcase. Even if you've read every book she's written but this one, don't do it. You'll be disappointed.
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This book is a near complete reprint of "Victoria Line, Central Line". If you've already read that one, you won't gain anything new from this one. As an avid collector of Maeve Binchy's work, I will be keeping this book solely for its position in the US market, but at the risk of being called "old-fashioned", I much prefer the original edition.

As regards the stories themselves, this book hints at some of the characters destined to appear in Ms Binchy's later, longer novels. They're tightly-written, often thought-provoking and tend to have the kind of abrupt endings one finds in conversations shared in a supermarket queue or waiting for a bus; they're not meant to be expanded upon by following events, but we nevertheless wonder how matters turned out.

If your life is punctuated by waiting around, for whatever reason, this book could be a gentle way to pass the time.
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I've just taken delivery of this book. I ordered it excitedly as I love her books and now there won't be any more, so to find one I'd not read was a treat. But nine of the twenty-two stories are in Victoria Line, Central Line, which I've read, and one is in another book, according to one of the other reviews here. And I prefer the long stories with the same group of characters in them, like Scarlet Feather. Maybe I'll be able to amend this when I've read it :)
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