Maeve Binchy’s work is so well known that she will need no introduction to most of our readers. A former teacher and journalist on the Irish Times, she was first an incredibly popular newspaper columnist and – after the publication of Light a Penny Candle in 1982 – a bestselling novelist.
Because I love telling stories – my head is full of them. I am a bit like a schoolgirl stumbling over the words to get out all that has happened in the exciting school day.
What novelists do you admire?
I love thriller writers. I read about three hair-raising books a week. My favorites are Harlan Coban, Lee Child, Ian Rankin, Kathy Reichs and Ed McBain.
How was your first novel published?
I had written two collections of short stories, which had done moderately well. But only moderately. I decided to write a novel about.... Keep Reading