Maeve Binchy, one of Ireland’s best-loved writers, has died after a short illness, aged 72.
The books of Binchy, a former journalist, sold 40 million copies and were translated into 30 languages. Her novels included Circle of Friends, which was adapted into a 1995 film starring Chris O’Donnell and Minnie Driver.
Her novels and short stories focused on the details of Irish life and the friction between tradition and modernity.
She spoke last month at the Dalkey Book Festival in the suburb of Dublin, where she lived with her husband, Gordon Snell. She read from her most recent short story, which she told the audience would probably be her last.
Source: Guardian (UK)