Maeve Binchy's novels sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and when she died on 30th July 2012, she did so as Ireland's best-loved writer. In books such as Circle of Friends, Tara Road and Scarlet Feather, no one else told stories like Maeve Binchy. Humane, down-to-earth, funny, her novels captured imaginations on both sides of the Atlantic in a way that most authors only dream of. Millions of her fans were disappointed when she announced in 2000 she was retiring - a false alarm - and now that she has passed away more will want something to remind them of her. More than a biography, this extraordinary book visits Maeve Binchy in the land of her birth, which is the environment of her novels, and in the company of the author and her fictional characters sets out to discover the emotional contours which define her as a writer and person.
PIERS DUDGEON worked for ten years as an editor in London before starting his own publishing company, Pilot Productions. He is the author of bestselling biographies of Catherine Cookson, Edward de Bono, the composer Sir John Tavener, and the novelists Barbara Taylor Bradford, Josephine Cox, J. M. Barrie and Daphne du Maurier.