Some of the most popular books by Maeve Binchy are "Light a Penny Candle," "Echoes," "Circle of Friends" and "Tara Road." The Irish novelist wrote 17 novels in total before her death in 2012.
Maeve Binchy was a former teacher and journalist for the Irish Times who published her first novel, "Light a Penny Candle," in 1982. She was known for her compassionate and naturalistic approach to storytelling. Her work deals with Irish culture in the 20th century, as well as featuring romance and family drama. An international bestseller, Binchy was listed among Britain's top 10 most popular writers. Binchy's books have sold 40 million copies in 37 different languages.
Her 1990 novel, "Circle of Friends," was made into a high-profile Hollywood film starring Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell that was released in 1995. The novel is a coming-of-age tale about three Irish girls in the 1950s. Her 1998 novel, "Tara Road," was also adapted. This story involves a woman in Ireland and a woman in the United States who switch homes for a summer.Two of her other popular books, "The Lilac Bus" and "Echoes," have been made into television movies.
Binchy's extensive body of work also includes five short story collections, three non-fiction books, a play and a novella. Her 17th and final novel, "A Week in Winter," was published posthumously in 2012.