Thursday 29 January 2015

Binchy's last work comes with a twist

Published 04/09/2014 | 02:30

Left to right: Neill Donnelly, Mary O’Donnell, Peter Sheridan, Peter Cunningham and Eilis Ni Dhuibhne at the launch of Sister Caravaggio, the final novel of Maeve Binchy (inset)
Left to right: Neill Donnelly, Mary O’Donnell, Peter Sheridan, Peter Cunningham and Eilis Ni Dhuibhne at the launch of Sister Caravaggio, the final novel of Maeve Binchy (inset)

THE late author Maeve Binchy's last ever novel 'Sister Caravaggio' was launched at the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin last night.

Binchy, along with six Irish writers including Peter Sheridan and Cormac Miller, put pen to paper to co-write the lighthearted crime caper which follows the exploits of novitiate Alice Dunwoody.

The project, devised by Peter Cunningham, was launched in 2010, two years before Binchy's death.

"This book is special because it's Maeve's last work and it was also a project she really enjoyed being part of," he said.

"She loved the idea of writing a thriller about nuns and really relished every minute working on this book."

Each of the authors wrote one chapter of the book. All were unaware who else was working on the project and what the final plot twist would be. "I knew the overall frame work but it was a mystery to them," Mr Cunningham said.

Irish Independent

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