Maeve’s Times: Irish Times Selected Writings by Maeve Binchy
Maeve’s Times is both witty and intelligent and entertaining, which are excellent qualities in books. She began writing for The Irish Times when she was still working as a teacher, and became the paper’s women’s editor in 1968. In 1973 she moved to London, where she continued to write features and columns. Maeve Binchy’s much-loved Irish Times writings spanned five decades. An accidental journalist whose work first appeared after her father sent in colourful accounts he had received from her travels, from the beginning her writings reflected the warmth, wit and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction.
The book celebrates the work of the world’s best-loved writer, revealing her characteristic directness, laugh-out-loud humour and unswerving gaze into the true heart of a matter. Once I read one of the letters in the book I knew I had to read the next on and it became a cannot put down book. From ‘Life as a Waitress’ to ‘Encounters at the Airport’, ‘Staving Off the Senior Moments’ and the hilarious ‘My Theodora Story’, Maeve as always put her own, unique take on life.
Maeve Binchy was a born ‘people watcher’ and wrote with the sharp eye and keen human interest that readers would come to love in her fiction.
‘As someone who once fell off a chair while trying to hear they what they were saying at the next table in a restaurant, I suppose I am obsessively interested in what some might consider the trivia of other people’s lives,’ she once confess ed.
Unsurprisingly, this is a very funny book; Binchy could make pretty much anything hilarious, from having one’s photograph taken to going to hospital. It was a great read and I would recommend it to be read wrapped up in a blanket on a cold winters night with a mug of drinking chocolate or even a good bottle of wine in hand.