Irish author Maeve Binchy dies

Tuesday July 31, 2012

Maeve Binchy, author of romantic dramas such as The Lilac Bus, Tara Road and Circle of Friends, has died aged 72 after suffering a short illness.

The best-selling author, who wrote her first novel alongside her day job as a journalist at The Irish Times, spoke about her perseverence at first getting published.

"It's like if you don't go to a dance you can never be rejected but you'll never get to dance either," she said.

In 2010 Maeve won a lifetime achievement award from the Irish Book Awards and posted a personal message of thanks to her fans on her website.

She said: "My health isn't so good these days and I can't travel around to meet people the way I used to.

"But I'm always delighted to hear from readers, even if it takes me a while to reply." 

Maeve leaves behind her husband, writer Gordon Snell.

Photo: PA

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