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'It paved the way for Normal People' - The enduring appeal of Maeve Binchy's Circle of Friends

Maeve Binchy's touchstone 1990 novel remains as compelling and relevant as ever, articulating how we live with the legacy of the way Ireland treated women, while dealing with timeless themes of class and shame - and paving the way for Normal People, writes Emer McLysaght

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Chris O'Donnell and Minnie Driver in the film Circle of Friends

Chris O'Donnell and Minnie Driver in the film Circle of Friends

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Chris O'Donnell and Minnie Driver in the film Circle of Friends

There is a secret article in the Irish Constitution, penned in invisible ink, which states that any time Circle of Friends is on telly you must watch it.

Even if you already have it on DVD. Even if you have it 'taped' on 'the box'. Even if, like me, you saw it in the cinema in 1995 and have rewatched it at least 20 times since. Even then, you must surrender the 103 minutes, plus time for ads, and settle in with Bernadette 'Benny' Hogan and the residents of 1950s' Knockglen.