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
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
Shancarrig (1995)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
Sister Caravaggio (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

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
Dusty's Winter (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The September Letters (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Fairytales for Feminists Books

Ride on Rapunzel (1994)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Plays

Deeply Regretted By (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Half Promised Land (2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
End of Term (2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Collections

Central Line (1978)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Victoria Line / London Transports (1980)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dublin Four (1981)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Story Teller (1990)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dublin People (1993)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
This Year It Will Be Different, and other stories (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cross Lines (1996)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Return Journey (1998)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Maeve's Times (2013)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Chestnut Street (2014)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Few of the Girls (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

Maeve's Diary (1979)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dear Maeve (1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Aches & Pains (1999)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Time to Dance (2006)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Maeve Binchy Writers' Club (2008)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Anthologies

Irish Girls about Town(1995)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Over the Moon(2009)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
From the Republic of Conscience(2010)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Note: London Transports was also published as Victoria Line, Central Line. Sister Caravaggio was edited by Peter Cunningham and contained contributions by Binchy, Mary O’Donnell, Neil Donnelly, Cormac Millar and Peter Sheridan.

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10 Responses to “Order of Maeve Binchy Books”

  1. Muriel: 5 years ago

    I love Maeve Binchy! Can anyone tell me in which book Tom Feather and Cathy Scarlett get together. Scarlett Feather ended with them holding hands.

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    • Jackie: 5 years ago

      Book is called Scarlett Feather and is excellent. You will adore Simon and Maude.

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  2. Lucy L: 6 years ago

    I have every one of Maeve’s stand alone novels. I loved every one of them and intend to read them all again. So sorry she is gone from us. Some suggestion was made to read Debbie Macomber and I will add Sherryl Woods and Jan Karon’s books to the list. You will enjoy them also.

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  3. Lily: 7 years ago

    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.

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    • Trixie: 7 years ago

      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.

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  4. glitzyoldlady: 7 years ago

    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.

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    • Trixie: 7 years ago

      Yes, I do like her characters, Glitzy!

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  5. Trixie: 7 years ago

    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.

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    • Lily: 7 years ago

      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.

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      • Trixie: 7 years ago

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

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