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by Maeve Binchy

Circle of Friends is a 1990 novel by the Irish author Maeve Binchy. Set in Dublin, as well as in the fictitious town of Knockglen in rural Ireland during the 1950s, the story centres on a group of university students.

Circle of Friends is a 1990 novel by the Irish author Maeve Binchy. The novel was adapted into a 1995 feature film directed by Pat O'Connor.

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Books by Maeve Binchy. First published in Great Britain by Century Hutchinson Ltd. Published by Bantam Dell.

Circle of Friends: A Novel Paperback – May 29, 2007. Maeve Binchy is an Irish writer from Dublin, and I was not familiar with her writing. I was not disappointed

Circle of Friends: A Novel Paperback – May 29, 2007. by. Maeve Binchy (Author). Find all the books, read about the author, and more. I was not disappointed. Initially, I thought I would be bored but I was pulled in quickly.

Maeve Binchy was born and educated in Dublin. She is the bestselling author of The Return Journey, Evening Class, This Year It Will Be Different, and The Glass Lakes. She has written two plays and a teleplay that won three awards at the Prague Film Festival.

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Circle of Friends book. An easy and entertaining read and readers who enjoy novels by Diane Chamberlain or Kristin Hannah may well enjoy Maeve Binchy novels tool. Aug 24, 2007 Holly rated it really liked it. Shelves: socalled-chick-lit, general-fiction. I confess to loving what we at the bookstore used to consider "old lady novels.

Binchy Maeve It was easy to cope with Knockglen when you had a friend. For my dear love Gordon Snell.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS By: Maeve BinchySynopsis:Soon everyone in Knockglen thought of them as a pair. The big stocky figure of Benny Hogan in her strong shoes and tightly buttoned sensible coat, the waif-like Eve in the clothes that were always too long and streelish on he. hen Birdie Mac in the sweet shop was unwise enough to say to Benny that those slabs of toffee were doing her no good at all, Eve's small face flashed in a fury. It was easy to cope with Knockglen when you had a friend. The kitchen was full of the smells of baking.

With each new book, Maeve Binchy continues a remarkable progression of sales and audience growth, reaching fans of all ages and backgrounds with her matchless wit, warmth, and sheer storytelling magic. Tara Road," her first full-length novel since "The Glass Lake," again shows her incomparable understanding of the human heart in the tale of two women, one from Ireland, one from America, who switch lives, and in doing so learn much about each other, as well as much about themselves. Ria lived on Tara Road in Dublin with her dashing husband, Danny, and.

Circle of Friends : A Novel. Upon reflection of many readings of this particular novel, I still find it relevant, and most of all perhaps Binchy's best. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book; as I have enjoyed so many of Maeve Binchy's books that I've read in the past. I originally thought that I read it about fifteen or twenty years ago, but I was mistaken. I don't believe that I've ever read this book before. The characters are well written, the plot intriguing as you follow two naive ladies into adulthood. Childhood bonds are tested as betrayal and heartbreak enter the picture.

It began with Benny Hogan and Eve Malone, growing up, inseparable, in the village of Knockglen. Benny—the only child, yearning to break free from her adoring parents...Eve—the orphaned offspring of a convent handyman and a rebellious blueblood, abandoned by her mother's wealthy family to be raised by nuns. Eve and Benny—they knew the sins and secrets behind every villager's lace curtains...except their own. It widened at Dublin, at the university where Benny and Eve met beautiful Nan Mahlon and Jack Foley, a doctor's handsome son. But heartbreak and betrayal would bring the worlds of Knockglen and Dublin into explosive collision. Long-hidden lies would emerge to test the meaning of love and the strength of ties held within the fragile gold bands of a...Circle Of Friends.
"Circle of Friends" is to me what "The Baronetage" is to Sir Walter Elliot in "Persuasion". :)

"...there he found occupation for an idle hour, and consolation in a distressed one; there his faculties were aroused into admiration and respect, ... there any unwelcome sensations ... changed into pity and contempt."

This book is about friendship, love, betrayal, growing up, learning to fight for what is important & learning to let go.

The story takes us to 1957 when Benny (Mary Bernadette) Hogan & Eve Malone are to leave (or are they?) the safe, but limited boundaries of their small Irish hometown of Knockglen -where everyone knows everyone- for the "big, dangerous" city of Dublin.
Benny, an awkward (because she is big and tall), but infinitely kind and funny girl is an only daughter to well-meaning, but elderly parents, who don't seem to realise that she is growing up into a woman. Although they are willing to pay for a university education (strictly Catholic, of course) for Benny, their own plan includes her returning to Knockglen afterwards & marrying her father's assistant (they have a struggling gentlemen's outfit shop), the unappealing, slimy & calculating Sean Walsh.
Eve is an orphan, brought up by the nuns of the Knockglen Catholic Convent (lead by the wonderful, practical Mother Francis), after her late mother's upper-class (Anglo-Irish) family rejects her because she married a low-class, Catholic handyman. She has no funds for university, unless she learns to overcome her pride & ask the Westwards to pay her tuition fee.

In Dublin they meet handsome, popular Jack Foley, cinnamon roll of the University & beautiful, cool Nan Mahon, who is playing a dangerous & ruthless game to get away from her aggressive, drunken father's house both geographically and socially & to land a rich and upper class husband.

The scene is also enriched by a set of very well drawn supporting characters both from the big city & the small town and you cannot help to laugh, cheer, curse or cry as the story unfolds.
Maeve Binchy is an Irish writer from Dublin, and I was not familiar with her writing. I ordered a $1.99 digital copy of this book from Amazon through BookBub and took a chance. I was not disappointed.

Initially, I thought I would be bored but I was pulled in quickly. The characters became alive to me and they were with me throughout the day. I was so disappointed when the story ended because I did not want the story to end.

Benny, a heavy, big girl with a lively spirit, lives a very sheltered life with her family in Knockglen. When she goes to the University in Dublin, she has to take the bus home at night instead of staying with the other college kids in Dublin. Nevertheless, she meets handsome Jack Foley who falls in love with her and she with him. His immaturity in his love for her causes problems when Benny is occupied with helping her mother and saving the family business after her father’s death. Jack’s inability to wait a few weeks for her to be with him, results in a weekend fling with another girl and then an affair with Nan, one of her best friends, who falsely declares he is the father of her baby. This affair is even more insidious because they use Benny’s friend Eve’s cottage without permission.

When Nan miscarries, Jack wants Benny back, but, although she still loves him, she understands she could never trust that he would remain faithful. Through all of this, she still has her good group of friends, her circle of friends.

Maeve Binchy has written quite a few books as well as plays. I am eager to read more of her work.
I read this book many years ago, and, for some reason, decided to read it again. It does start off very slowly, in my opinion, but eventually the reader falls in love with most of the characters. There are several witty scenes that make the reader laugh out loud and as many that bring tears. I truly have felt many of the same feelings as Benny and Eve, so this is the main reason that I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
An admission comes first: I am a fan of Maeve Binchy's books and the small town Irish families that people her books. This is a great example of what Binchy does best - she introduces the reader to a varied, interesting cast of characters, then she weaves their lives together in both expected and unexpected ways. "Circle of Friends" chronicles the evolving relationships of Benny, a young woman from a small town near Dublin entering university. At the beginning of the book, the over-protected Benny has one good friend, a quiet orphan raised in the local convent. The two set out on widely separated paths, but their lives are changed by an accident and the group of college students they meet through it. Benny matures from a shy, only child to a young adult, confident in her choices and future .
Two of the things I loved about this book was how clearly Binchy delineates each character and how deftly she intertwines their lives in the storyline. I think I could almost go to the town and greet them without a preliminary introduction.
One of my favorite books of all time. I read it one to two times a year. Getting the Kindle version was the logical step so I can read without worrying about having to get up to turn off the light if I get sleepy!
Circle of Friends: A Novel ebook
Maeve Binchy
Genre Fiction
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Dell; 1 edition (May 29, 2007)
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