In her lifetime, Maeve Binchy wrote over twenty books, all bestsellers. Having read each and every one of them, I , like many other readers, was saddened when Maeve passed away in 2012. Her ability to tell such a good story is sorely missed in the world of fiction. What some people may not have known was how Maeve, during he career as a bestselling author, continued to write articles for the Irish Times, which saw her amass fifty years with the well known newspaper.
Maeve’s Times includes a collection of this work, with sections ranging all the way from the sixties through to 2000, and it is lovely to be able to read her warmth, humour and comforting writing style once again. This is a lovely addition which shows how committed Maeve was not only to her writing, but also to her readers. Perhaps the most poignant piece has to be her final entry in the book, as she talks about getting older and nearing the end. Recorded in a conversation in 2012, just weeks before she passed away, Maeve looks back with fondness on a life she believed was well lived, with no regrets.
Maeve’s Times is a lovely little collection and succeeds in capturing a more personal aspect of an amazing woman whose books brought an element of joy to the world of women’s fiction.