Maeve Binchy “was so full of life, so funny, so interested in people, so good and so kind to all of us writers who came after her,” wrote Irish author Marian Keyes on Her.ie, a website for Irish women ("Irish Female Authors Pay Tribute to Maeve Binchy," July 31, 2012). Michael D. Higgins, president of Ireland, also cited Binchy, who died on Monday, as “a source of encouragement and practical assistance to many young writers throughout her career.” While many are familiar with Binchy’s novels, such as Circle of Friends or Tara Road, you may wish to sample the work of other Irish women writers she inspired.
Rosie Dunne by Cecilia Ahern
Someone Like You by Cathy Kelly
The Charming Man by Marian Keyes
Molly Fox’s Birthday by Deidre Madden
Francesca’s Party by Patricia Scanlan