Maeve's Times

Maeve's Times

In Her Own Words

Book - 2014
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Five decades of selected writings from the  Irish Times  by the beloved and best-selling author, filled with her hallmark humor, candor, and wisdom-a timeless gift to her legion of fans.

Maeve Binchy once confessed: "As someone who fell off a chair not long ago trying to hear what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people's lives." She was an accidental journalist, yet from the beginning, her writings reflected the warmth, wit, and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction. From the royal wedding to boring airplane companions, Samuel Beckett to Margaret Thatcher, "senior moments" to life as a waitress,  Maeve's Times  gives us wonderful insight into a changing Ireland as it celebrates the work of one of our best-loved writers in all its diversity-revealing her characteristic directness, laugh-out-loud humor, and unswerving gaze into the true heart of a matter.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780385353458
Characteristics: 385 pages ; 25 cm.
Additional Contributors: Ingle, Róisín

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TheresaAJ
Aug 03, 2015

Binchy wrote a regular column in The Irish Times in addition to her best-selling fiction. This collection pulls together selected essays from 1964 through 2012 to give the reader of Maeve's thoughts and writings through the decades. Her truest advice for me is in the final postscript --
"When you are young, you have time and energy but you don't have any money. When you get a job, you have energy and money but you don't have time. And when you are older, you have time and you have money but you don't have enough energy. Nobody has all three together." Her comments on the British royal family through the decades are insightful and irreverent. A great book to read when you have a few minutes to spare.

athompson10 May 24, 2015

An enjoyable set of essays, as easygoing as her novels. A few are laugh-out-loud funny.

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