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‘The Irish do love telling stories, and we are suspicious of people who don’t have long, complicated conversations. There used to be a rule in etiquette books that you should invite four talkers and four listeners to a dinner party. That doesn’t work in Ireland, because nobody knows four listeners’ Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy’s bestselling novels not only tell wonderful stories, they also give an insight in to how Ireland has changed over the decades, but how people remain the same: they still fall in love, sometimes unsuitably; they still have hopes and dreams; they have deep, long-standing friendships, and some that fall apart. From her earliest writing to her most recent, Maeve’s work has included wonderfully nostalgic pieces and also sharp, often witty writing which is insightful and topical.

But at the heart of all Maeve’s fiction are the people and their relationships with each other. A FEW OF THE GIRLS is a glorious collection of the very best of her writing, full of the warmth, charm and humour that has always been an essential part of all of Maeve’s writing.

Read by Kate Binchy with an introduction read by Gordon Snell

(p) 2015 Orion Publishing Group

Reviews

This new collection of Maeve's beloved short stories will force you to put down your smartphone in favour of your favourite armchair and this hardback. Featuring some of her best works it is a fine tribute to a very fine author
IMAGE magazine
The stories bring to life well-developed characters, often in the space of a few paragraphs, and brim with Maeve's warmth and common sense. She writes particularly well on loneliness, and about the hopes and fears of young people on the cusp of adulthood
IRISH INDEPENDENT
These stories are full of warmth and humour...easy to read and an ideal present for any of her fans
WOMAN'S WAY
The wit, humanity and truths of dearly departed Maeve Binchy live on in her absorbing fictions as this collection of 41 stories proves.
RTE GUIDE
Reading Maeve Binchy has always acted as therapy of a sort. Her witty, literate small-town tales exude a rosy glow to ease the troubled mind
THE TIMES
Binchy ... is a class act
DAILY EXPRESS
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
A brilliant storyteller who wrote from her heart
Lorraine Kelly
The warmest, funniest and most inspiring author . . . I've read everything she ever wrote
Dame Jennie Murray
You can see why, for a legion of female readers, Maeve Binchy is a one-woman opiate of the people
EVENING STANDARD
A brilliant writer
Jilly Cooper