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The rather wonderful Maeve Binchy died this week - and many, many people will have felt as if they lost a friend.

 

I loved her, not just for the spell-binding stories, but for her humbleness.  "I'm not insane," she is quoted as saying, "I realise I am a writer people buy to take on vacation."  Oh dear me, no, dear Maeve, I beg to differ.  There's many a Man Booker prize-winning novel I've read which hasn't stirred me, involved me, or left me thinking as much as any one of your warm, funny, inspiring stories of ordinary people who lived lives much like ours - but writ larger because of your skill.  "Everybody is a hero in their own story," she said once, "You just have to look."

 

Her advice to aspiring authors is as sound as can be - write as if you are talking to someone. Don't try to impress. It makes it sound so easy, but anyone who has tried to write like Maeve knows it isn't so. 

 

Maeve Binchy and her husband, fellow author Gordon Snell, were not able to have children of their own.  Her response was pure Maeve: "When we realised we could not have children there were two ways to cope.  We could mope - or borrow other people's."  No guesses which path they took. 

 

RIP Maeve Binchy.  A true and honest story-teller.

 

 

 

Joanne Venison 04.08.2012 17:47

Well put Jaqui - I couldn't agree with you more. I didn't realise that the lovely Maeve had died until I read it on your blog and I am really saddened.

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23.04 | 19:15

lovely and heartwarming - an inspiration to us all x

09.03 | 12:07

Love this story told as ever beautifully.x

10.11 | 21:31

What a super account of a special event. I loved meeting you last night and seeing your creation come together. I’m so pleased you got so much from the activity

07.09 | 12:17

I have broad shoulders x