Vale Maeve Binchy

Much-loved Irish author Maeve Binchy dies aged 72 following a brief illness.


Maeve Binchy is the best-selling author of novels such as Light A Penny Candle, Circle of Friends, Tara Road, and many, many more. Referred to as a true Irish storyteller, Maeve attracted a massive fan base and was recently included in a list of Britain’s top ten most popular writers.

Her stories are filled with characters, and often driven by relationships. Her writing is comforting and heart-warming, an absorbing mix of compassionate humour and biting realism. Since her passing, there has been a flood of messages from those who knew her, which all attest to the fact that she was much the same herself. Crime novelist Ian Rankin wrote, ‘Maeve Binchy was a gregarious, larger than life, ebullient recorder of human foibles and wonderment. I’m taking a drink to her.’ Several others have commented on Maeve’s warmth in person, and her expansive kindness.

Maeve’s most recent book, Minding Frankie, was released in 2012, and this same year she published a message on her website for her fans, ‘My health isn’t so good these days and I can’t travel around to meet people the way I used to. But I’m always delighted to hear from readers, even if it takes me a while to reply.’