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Memories of Maeve

It was famously laid down by Ernest Hemingway that the first condition for a writer is to have an unhappy childhood. I assumed that Maeve Binchy was the exception to the Hemingway principle, as she always spoke about the idyllic nature of her childhood.

Born to middle-class parents in Dalkey, the adored eldest child of four, praised and supported by her mother and father all their lives – her father sent her early letters from an Israeli kibbutz to the Irish Independent as he thought them so brilliant, and the paper published them too – she never entertained the slightest criticism of her family life, or of the enlightened convent school (the Holy Child, Killiney) to which she was sent.

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