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Maeve Binchy and me: 16 well-known writers on the influence and legacy of one of Ireland’s most-loved authors

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Maeve Binchy. Illustration: Claudine O’Sullivan

Maeve Binchy. Illustration: Claudine O’Sullivan

Maeve Binchy had a lasting impact on many of today's authors

Maeve Binchy had a lasting impact on many of today's authors

Henrietta McKervey. Picture: James Gould

Henrietta McKervey. Picture: James Gould

Catherine Dunne. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Catherine Dunne. Picture: Gerry Mooney

Danielle McLaughlin. Picture: Claire O'Rourke

Danielle McLaughlin. Picture: Claire O'Rourke

Olivia Fitzsimons

Olivia Fitzsimons

Fíona Scarlett. Picture: Mark Condren

Fíona Scarlett. Picture: Mark Condren

Edel Coffey. Picture: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Edel Coffey. Picture: Andrew Downes/Xposure

Marise Gaughan. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

Marise Gaughan. Picture: Steve Ullathorne

Roisin Meaney. Picture: Don Moloney

Roisin Meaney. Picture: Don Moloney

Michelle Gallen. Picture: Arthur Carron

Michelle Gallen. Picture: Arthur Carron

Sinead Moriarty. Picture: Ruth Medjber

Sinead Moriarty. Picture: Ruth Medjber

Jamie O'Connell. Picture: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Jamie O'Connell. Picture: Domnick Walsh/Eye Focus

Caroline Grace-Cassidy. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Caroline Grace-Cassidy. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Typewriter

Typewriter

MAEVE BINCHY AT HOME IN DALKEY, EIRE - 2000

MAEVE BINCHY AT HOME IN DALKEY, EIRE - 2000

Henrietta McKervey. Credit James Gould

Henrietta McKervey. Credit James Gould

Olivia Fitzsimons

Olivia Fitzsimons

Anne Griffin

Anne Griffin

Sarah Maria Griffin. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Sarah Maria Griffin. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Sree Sen

Sree Sen

Cathy Kelly. Picture: Steve Humphreys

Cathy Kelly. Picture: Steve Humphreys

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Maeve Binchy. Illustration: Claudine O’Sullivan

Ten years ago this month, Irish fiction lost one of its most endearing, vivid characters. Credited for tackling the big issues, from abortion and depression to infidelity and divorce, with an impressively light touch, Binchy was one of the first big chroniclers of a quickly changing Ireland. Her successful career spanned 17 novels, three plays, countless collections of short stories and a treasure trove of journalism.

Though her pages were rife with faithless lovers, alcoholism, unwanted pregnancies and even murder, Ms Binchy resisted being described as a romance novelist. For one thing, she pointed out, her heroines were less inclined to win the dashing hero than they were to learn to live, quite capably, without him,” The New York Times noted in its obituary of the writer.


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