Friday, April 8, 2022

A Few of the Girls by Maeve Binchy


As Maeve Binchy died in 2012 I was quite surprised, yet delighted, to see a new book available at the library.  The forward is written by her husband Gordon Snell.  He explains how she would type up a storm and get her thoughts out, never once seeing her staring at a blank page as she searched for inspiration.

As a big fan of Ms. Binchy I grabbed a copy and settled in to read the short stories.  I will say I prefer her novels more than this collection and these stories are dated in the narrative of how women defer to men.

That said, this is a book of stories about friendships and relationships.  Some show how women support one another and others where women stand up for themselves. If you haven't read Binchy before I would not start with this collection as her novels are much better.  I have read all of her books and Light a Penny candle remains my very favorite.

Sharing with

 Joy's Book Blog for British Isles Friday 

 Marg at The Intrepid Reader for the 2022 Historical Fiction Reading Challenge.



  1. I've only read 2 books by this author, Finding Frankie & Scarlet Feather. I remember Finding Frankie and loved it, but didn't remember anything about Scarlet Feather and even when I looked it up I still don't remember it.

  2. I think I've only read one book by Maeve Binchy but I absolutely loved it. It was Week in Winter which I know a lot of people didn't love but it was one of those right time right book books. I love Rosamunde Pilcher's short stories but they frequently have a similar dated feel so I know just what you mean.
    Your comment on my Friday Fives made me laugh. I think I found the Turkish soap opera through Instagram reels. I know that's what got me hooked on it but why it started showing it to me is beyond me since I don't speak Turkish. You should have seen Jason's face when I told him I had subscribed to WatchTurkish though! He was completely baffled.

  3. I've read her Circle of Friends and Tara Road. I wouldn't mind reading more...

  4. I'm not sure if I've read Maeve Binchy. If I did, it was before I was recording books on my blog or in Goodreads.

  5. I read a lot of Maeve Binchy when I was a teenager, but it has been a long time since I have.

    Thank you for sharing this with the Historical Fiction Reading Challenge


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