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Quentins

By Maeve Binchy

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  • £9.99

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At the tables of a busy Dublin café, all life is shared - but some stories should never be told.
'Binchy at her very best ... and giving us one of the most stunning feel-good endings I can remember' Penny Vincenzi, Mail on Sunday

'Absorbing and delightful' Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times

'For anyone who likes good storytelling ... it is like being reunited with old friends' Sunday Express

Every table at Quentins restaurant in Dublin has a thousand stories to tell. The staff and customers all have tales of their own, and the restaurant owners themselves have had more than their fair share of trials to cope with.

Now Ella Brady wants to make a documentary about the renowned restaurant but as she uncovers more of what has gone on, she questions the wisdom of bringing it to the screen. And when she is forced to confront a devastating dilemma in her own life, Ella wonders if some stories should not be told . . .

Superb fiction from the No.1 bestselling author.

Biographical Notes

Maeve Binchy was born in County Dublin and educated at the Holy Child convent in Killiney and at University College, Dublin. After a spell as a teacher she joined the Irish Times. Her first novel, LIGHT A PENNY CANDLE, was published in 1982 and she went on to write over twenty books, all of them bestsellers. Several have been adapted for cinema and television, including TARA ROAD. Maeve Binchy received a LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the BRITISH BOOK AWARDS in 1999 and the Irish PEN/A. T. CROSS AWARD in 2007. In 2010 she was presented with the BOB HUGHES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD at the BORD GAIS IRISH BOOK AWARDS by the President of Ireland. She was married to the writer and broadcaster Gordon Snell for 35 years, and died in 2012. Visit her website at www.maevebinchy.com

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  • ISBN: 9780752876849
  • Publication date: 31 Mar 2003
  • Page count: 448
  • Imprint: Orion
Full of characteristic humour and warmth, a lovely read — SUNDAY MIRROR
Absorbing and delightful . . . for Binchy's previous readers there is also the pleasure of the familiar, for she thriftily reintroduces a selection of her old characters . . . gently funny, sometimes poignant stories . . . In pinning down the humdrum and the ordinary - debts, the drama of a busy kitchen, a wedding, the ache of childlessness - Binchy makes the point that the profound shift in emotion or spirit can take place while peeling potatoes or waitressing in a restaurant. Her multitude of readers stuck doing much the same instinctively feel this — Elizabeth Buchan, SUNDAY TIMES
All the warmth, humour and insights you expect from Maeve Binchy's writing are here — CHOICE
She is one of the few writers who can pull at your heartstrings. It is hard to read these stories of love, failure, betrayal and success without wiping a tear from the most cynical eye . . . The author's great skill is to draw you into the world she creates, so that reading her books is like gossiping with old friends . . . This is a book which would be perfect self-indulgence on a summer's day or one to cheer a rainy one — DAILY EXPRESS
Maeve Binchy is back. In exuberant fettle and fine form she's returned to the bestselling bookshelves that everyone feared she'd forsaken for retirement. QUENTINS, her new book, is one for her fans worldwide to really get into: another joyful, absorbing Binchy read with lots of heart — IRISH TIMES
This is Binchy at her very best, telling stories with charm, humour and pathos and giving us one of the most stunning feel-good endings I can remember — Penny Vincenzi, MAIL ON SUNDAY
This latest work, more novel than short stories, brings back many of her characters from earlier books and, as always, it is like being reunited with old friends . . . there's plenty to move the reader . . . for anyone who likes good storytelling — SUNDAY EXPRESS
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'There's nobody like Binchy for warming the cockles, and this collection of Christmas stories warms them to white heat' Kate Saunders, The TimesChristmas: a time of year when emotions run high and long-held secrets can unexpectedly surface...This Year It Will Be Different powerfully evokes the lives of wives, husbands, children, friends and lovers. As the festivities take hold, there are step-families grappling with exes; long-married couples faced with in-law problems; a wandering husband choosing between the other woman and his wife; a child caught up in a grown-up tug-of-war.'We are all in her pages, all of us: mothers, daughters, fathers, sons, husbands, wives, children, friends, lovers . . . It is this combination of Maeve's understanding of what it is to be human, and how to cope with life, that makes her so popular' Veronica Henry, bestselling author of Christmas at the Beach Hut

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The Italian evening class at Mountainview School is like hundreds of others starting up all over the city. But this class has its own special quality - as the focus for the varied hopes and dreams of teacher and pupils alike.Aidan Dunne needs his new evening class project to succeed almost as much as his pupils do. They too are looking for something more: Bill to find a way to keep spendthrift Lizzie at his side and Fran to make sure that young Kathy finds her way out from behind the kitchen sink. The key to their success lies with the Signora. Her passion has drawn her from Ireland to Italy and back home again with a burning desire to share her love of all things Italian - and a secret hidden in her heart ...Read by Kate Binchy(p) 1997 Audible Ltd

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