Letters from a Hill Farm
Your blog is the first place I hear about Maeve Binchy's death. She was only four years older than my Mum. I have not read many of her books, but the ones I did read I liked, and there happens to be one in the small to-be-read pile I brought back from England in May.I am sorry for her close friends and family.
I am so very sad about this. I hoped she would continue writing into old age. I've written about quite a few. If you want you could click on the authors tab and scroll down to her name. (and I'm only four years younger than your mum)
I know a lot of people will miss her writing.
Yes, so very many.
So sad to learn of her passing...
I was so shocked. I hadn't heard anything about her being sick. Very sad.
A very fitting quote/tribute to Maeve Binchy, Nan.
Thank you, dear one.
Oh no; this is the first I've heard this news. I believe that quote to be very true, of both humans and beloved pets. Makes me want to plant a Copper Beech in my garden...
I so, so love your last sentence. The Copper Beach is one of her books I have not yet read.
This is the first I heard of this as well -- I am going off to do an Internet Search as soon as I send this....and then I must re-read one of my favorite books asap!!
It really feels like a distant friend has died.
If you could recommend just one book of hers, which would it be? I tried Light a Penny Candle many, many years ago and couldn't get interested. Forgive me if I've asked this question in the past. I will try to remember your recommendation and get a copy of one of her books this week.
I'll email you about this.
I listened to _The Copper Beech_ as a book on tape years ago and was hooked. If you don't like MB, I think, you don't like ice cream - or Audrey Hepburn or anything else that all reasonable people can agree upon. I was interested to learn in her obit that she was a teacher of Latin. I find over and over that the writers I really admire very often have had a thorough classical grounding. Some used to say you needed to know Latin to write a good English sentence. (I only got one semester so...) It was a shock to here she was so suddenly gone...
I haven't read The Copper Beech. It's good to know there are a few that will be new to me. I loved Latin in high school, and can still sing parts of Gaudeamus igatur, and recite most of The Lord's Prayer in Latin. :<)It is such a sad loss. Many writers now are still going strong in their seventies and eighties. I always thought she would as well.
Have just started Nights of Rain and Stars. I am so saddened by her loss. She has some wonderful talks on Youtube, brief bits on her thoughts on writing and life that I have enjoyed very much.
I read NoRaS twice. I liked it so much. And those characters are in other books too. Just so terribly sad that she is gone.
Oh I know I was sad when I heard she died. I've read all her books. Maeve was my mother's all time favourite author and we used to love sharing and talking about the books written by her.
How very dear to share a beloved author with your mother.
Now that I am a grandmother, it seems that I am often late in replying to your most-appreciated comments. But I read them as soon as they come in, and I will write as soon as I can. Please do come back and check. I love these blogging conversations. A little addendum - I've just spent quite a long time catching up with dear notes you left me months ago!! I do hope you can get back to read them. And I'm trying to be much more prompt now!Also, you may comment on any post, no matter how old, and I will see it.