A Few of the Girls

A Few of the Girls

Book - 2015
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'The Irish do love telling stories, and we are suspicious of people who don't have long, complicated conversations. There used to be a rule in etiquette books that you should invite four talkers and four listeners to a dinner party. That doesn't work in Ireland, because nobody knows four listeners' Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy's bestselling novels not only tell wonderful stories, they also give an insight in to how Ireland has changed over the decades, but how people remain the same: they still fall in love, sometimes unsuitably; they still have hopes and dreams; they have deep, long-standing friendships, and some that fall apart. From her earliest writing to her most recent, Maeve's work has included wonderfully nostalgic pieces and also sharp, often witty writing which is insightful and topical.

But at the heart of all Maeve's fiction are the people and their relationships with each other. A FEW OF THE GIRLS is a glorious collection of the very best of her stories, full of the warmth, charm and humour that has always been an essential part of all of Maeve's writing.
Publisher: London : Orion Books, 2015.
ISBN: 9781409161417
Characteristics: 404 pages

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athompson10 May 18, 2016

Very fast and easy read. Her same themes, again and again: bad friends, good friends, bad spouses, good spouses, people in extramarital affairs. Boring.

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brangwinn
May 16, 2016

I'm so glad I didn't know this was a book of short stories since I've decided I didn't like short stories. These stories are filled with all I like about Binchey's writing. They are witty stories filled with common sense that provide the same sense of satisfaction of her longer stories.

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readerpat
May 13, 2016

Maeve is my favourite author I have read all her other books. This one was a good collection of short stories but I prefer a novel that you can get your teeth into.

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humphrey58
Apr 06, 2016

I got through three stories but it was so frustrating. The story was good but ended too soon. I would have liked to see more of what happened.

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reeread
Mar 25, 2016

Thoroughly enjoyable. Great for those times when you want a good read but don't have the time to commit to a novel.

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mogie
Feb 20, 2016

It took me a bit to get through this book but I took a break then easily finished it. It is what you would expect from Maeve Binchy. I, of course, liked the length of the short stories. It makes reading the book manageable. It was exactly as I expected.

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1_Great_Book
Dec 21, 2015

Totally Maeve! What a joy to discover more of her stories that had been published here and there earlier on in her career. Some are very short - others a bit longer.

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