Obituary: Irish writer Maeve Binchy

Article published on July 31, 2012
Article published on July 31, 2012

'I do have to drag myself into the 21st century sometimes,' said Maeve Binchy. The best-selling writer, who sold over 40 million books in over 35 languages worldwide, died after a short illness in Dublin on 30 July, aged 72. Different audiences know the former teacher and journalist from the two films bringing the Irish accent to the silver screen that were adapted from her novels, including 'Circle of Friends' (1995, pictured on homepage) and 'Tara Road' (2005). Her last novel, 'Minding Frankie', was published in 2010, a decade after she officially retired. She leaves behind her writer husband Gordon Snell and the memories of old Ireland in her books: in this video, she talks of how the world has changed in her lifetime, such as the 'addiction to the church' and the extreme worries girls had as youngsters of pregnancy