|Maeve Binchy, photo from Independent.ie|
And I loved her linked short story collection The Lilac Bus, which I read as a teenager. The skinflint character, Nancy Morris, whose meanness was so lovingly described, has stayed with me over the years.
Maeve was a truly international writer, she sold 42 million books worldwide. I just noticed lately that one of her books is on the bookshelf in Alf's house in the Aussie soap 'Home and Away'! That made me smile.
Years ago I reviewed the non-fiction book she wrote Aches and Pains, a funny, sweet book for sick people, for Galway Now magazine. She sent a thank you card to the magazine which was then forwarded to me. That's the type of writer she was - generous and grateful. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí.