Maeve Binchy (1940-2012) was an Irish author who wrote about small-town life in Ireland with a humourous slant. Her novels often contained surprise endings. Her success as a novelist caused her to become one of Ireland’s richest women. Binchy passed away in 2012 after a short illness.

Maeve Binchy started as a writer with the short story collections Central Line and Victoria Line. She then followed it up with Light a Penny Candle in 1982. It sold for £52,000, which helped her out when she was behind on her mortgage. Below is a list of Maeve Binchy’s books in order of when they were originally released:

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Light a Penny Candle(1982) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lilac Bus(1984) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Echoes(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Firefly Summer(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Silver Wedding(1988) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Circle of Friends(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Copper Beech(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Glass Lake(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Evening Class(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tara Road(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Scarlet Feather(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quentins(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nights of Rain and Stars(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Whitethorn Woods(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Heart and Soul(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Minding Frankie(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Week in Winter(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories


The Builders(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Star Sullivan(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Week in Summer(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Full House(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Story Collections


Dublin 4(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
London Transports(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Storyteller(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dublin People(1993) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cross Lines(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
This Year It Will Be Different and Other Stories(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Return Journey(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: London Transports was also published as Victoria Line, Central Line.

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  • Trixie

    I am currently reading “Minding Frankie” by Maeve Binchy. The only book I’ve read so far by Ms. Binchy. It is one of those books that you hate to put down, or hate it to end.

    • Lily

      I hit the wrong thing! I meant to reply to you, instead I joined the discussion. I just love Maeve Binchy’s books too. Start at the top and read each and every marvelous one. And when you are done reread them every so often like I do. It’s like visiting with an old and dear friend. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out Rosamund Pilcher’s works as well. Same lovely writing style.

      • Trixie

        Lily I will check on Ms. Pilcher! Thank you.

  • glitzyoldlady

    That’s how most all her books are. You wish they would never end. Her characters become so familiar and you want to stay with them.

    • Trixie

      Yes, I do like her characters, Glitzy!

  • Lily

    OMG! I envy you just discovering this wonderful writer and her books. Start at the top of her list and work your way down. You are in for hours and hours of fun, joy and relaxation. I reread them from time to time, that is how much I love them. If you love Ms. Binchy’s books be sure to check out Rosamund Pilcher’s as well if you haven’t already.

    • Trixie

      Lily I will try to read Maeve in order. I did read Tara Road and Quentins, though. I have Firefly Summer in paperback. Print is too small. I will have to go over my list and visit the library.
      Her books are well worth re-reading.