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    • ISBN:9780752893761
    • Publication date:04 Sep 2008
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This Year It Will Be Different

Christmas Tales

By Maeve Binchy

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Christmas tales from the world's favourite storyteller - perfect for the festive season. With an introduction from bestselling author Veronica Henry, author of Christmas at the Beach Hut.

'There's nobody like Binchy for warming the cockles, and this collection of Christmas stories warms them to white heat' Kate Saunders, The Times

Christmas: 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

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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  • Publication date: 09 Dec 2008
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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 TIMES
With her gift for effortless characterisation and homely detail, she evokes power shifts in families, unwelcome discoveries, conspiracies, affairs, forgiveness, sorrow and the rebirth of optimism with her usual warmth and sympathy. — Elizabeth Buchan, SUNDAY TIMES
Brilliant, family-oriented short stories ... Binchy fans will love it - i did! 5/5 — WOMAN'S OWN
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