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Born in a small town in Dublin County, Ireland in 1940, Maeve Binchy Snell earned a B.A, degree from University College, Dublin. She worked as a history and Latin teacher in Dublin, then as a news reporter at The Irish Times. In the early 1980s, she published her first novel, Light a Penny Candle, using her maiden name Maeve Binchy as her pen name. She was the author of sixteen novels, many of which were international bestsellers, as well as radio dramas and television screenplays. One of her most successful novels, A Circle of Friends, was adapted into a movie of the same title, starring Minnie Glover and Chris O'Donnell. Tara Road, another bestseller, also became a film, starring Andie McDowell and Olivia Williams. Among the many honors she received, Binchy was awarded both the British Book and Irish Book Lifetime Achievement awards. She died in 2012, and her last book, A Week in Winter, was published later that year.

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