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Maeve Binchy                                                                       
World-renowned Irish writer                                                       
Maeve Binchy (born May 28, 1940, Dalkey, Ireland) is an Irish novelist,           
newspaper columnist and speaker. Educated at University College Dublin,           
she worked as a teacher, then a journalist at The Irish Times and later           
become a writer of novels and short stories.                                       
Many of her novels are set in Ireland, dealing with the tensions between urban     
and rural life, the contrasts between England and Ireland, and the dramatic       
changes in Ireland between World War II and the present day.                       
Her novel Circle of Friends was made into a 1995 Hollywood movie starring Chris   
O'Donnell and Minnie Driver.                                                       
Binchy announced in 2000 that she would not be writing any more novels, but       
would be devoting her time to other activities, and to her English-born husband,   
Gordon Snell. However, she has written three further novels since then -           
Quentins, Night of Rain and Stars and Whitethorn Woods.                           
In 1978, Binchy won a Jacob's Award for her RTÃ play, Deeply Regretted By. A       
second award went to the lead actor, Donall Farmer.