SCARLET FEATHER has all the distinguishing Binchy characteristics: human interest, pacy plot, judicious humour, warm sentiment ... You can see why, for a legion of female readers, Maeve Binchy is a one-woman opiate of the people' Evening Standard
Drama, humour, warmth and wonderful characters...vintage Binchy - the No. 1 bestselling author of MINDING FRANKIE.
Cathy Scarlet and Tom Feather have decided to create the best catering company in Dublin. They have the perfect premises, heaps of talent and even a few contacts, but not everyone seems as pleased by the idea of 'Scarlet Feather' as they are.
Tom's parents are disappointed that he has turned his back on the family business. Cathy's husband buries himself in work, becoming ever more distant, while his mother thinks Cathy should stay at home to look after him. And Tom's relationship with his beautiful, ambitious girlfriend becomes fraught as she struggles to realise her dream of becoming a model.
As Cathy and Tom strive to maintain their emotional ties among catering triumphs and disasters, they are supported, and undermined, by an enchanting cast of classic Binchy characters.
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
SCARLET FEATHER has all the distinguishing Binchy characteristics: human interest, pacy plot, judicious humour, warm sentiment ... You can see why, for a legion of female readers, Maeve Binchy is a one-woman opiate of the people — EVENING STANDARD
This is a wonderfully warm-hearted book with an endearing cast of characters and the Irish atmosphere that is Maeve Binchy's trademark — THE LADY
Maeve is just like a good fisherwoman: she teases you, reels you in and by the time you try to get away, you are well and truly hooked. I literally could not put the book down by the time I got to the last quarter — SUNDAY EXPRESS
This is Binchy at her finest — WOMAN AND HOME
If you're a lover of Maeve Binchy's warm, engrossing novels, you're in for a treat ... [a] tale of love, heartbreak and laugher. You'll be hooked by the characters from the start and the fine storytelling simply sweeps you along — WOMAN'S REALM
The storytelling is, as always, confident, sharp and funny — SUNDAY TIMES
SCARLET FEATHER has that classic Maeve Binchy component: the readability factor. And if leisure palls for Maeve, it's blindingly apparent there are more novels inside her. The penny candle's still burning — IRISH INDEPENDENT
What is Maeve Binchy's magic? Every time she publishes a novel the race is on to the armchair or the poolside seat, telephones fall eerily silent ... Her great gift is to suck her reader into the drama of everyday lives without fuss ... She relies on dialogue and on keeping up a cracking pace — Elizabeth Buchan, DAILY MAIL
Yet again she has created a story of unexpected twists and turns in the lives of wholly believable people with whom you can't help feeling involved — THE OLDIE
Her story-telling talents are never in question ... Scarlet Feather is one of Binchy's best. Reading it is as comforting as curling up by a fire with cocoa, toast and treacle — BOOKS IRELAND
The words "Irish warmth" are repeatedly used in reference to a Binchy novel and I believe that this keynote of authorial warmth is one of the compelling aspects of her writing ... Binchy is a consummate storyteller who involves the reader in the world she creates ... Binchy is a Dickens: she writes about the dilemmas of human beings with a backdrop which describes the manners and morals of a society ... the Binchy public will not be disappointed at storyline or resolution — IRISH TIMES
Maeve is a storyteller, she has an ear for dialogue and an eye for character and she's employed these gifts to their full potential ... SCARLET FEATHER has that classic Maeve Binchy component: the readability factor — IRISH INDEPENDENT
Drama, humour, warmth and great characters - it's what we expect from Maeve Binchy, one of the world's best-loved writers — WOMAN'S WEEKLY