Superb novel showing just how brilliant a writer Maeve Binchy was. A winner from the No. 1 bestselling author.
Every table at Quentins Restaurant has a thousand stories to tell: tales of love, betrayal and revenge. Ella Brady wants to make a documentary about the renowned Dublin restaurant that has captured the spirit of a generation and a city in the years it has been open.
In Maeve Binchy's magical QUENTINS you will meet new friends and old: the twins from SCARLET FEATHER, the Signora from EVENING CLASS, Ria from TARA ROAD - and a host of fresh faces. There is Monica, the ever-cheerful Australian waitress, and Blouse Brennan, whose simplicity disguises a sharp mind and a heart of gold. Presiding over Quentins are Patrick and Brenda Brennan, who have made the restaurant such a legend. But even they have a story and a sadness which is hidden from the public gaze. As Ella uncovers more of what has gone on, she wonders about the wisdom of bringing it to the screen. Should the restaurant keep its secrets?
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
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