Maeve Binchy was born in Dalkey, County Dublin, in 1940. One of the most successful and best-loved figures in Irish literary history, her novels have sold tens of millions across the world and been translated into almost 40 languages. Among her many works are Central Line (Dublin, Ward River Press, 1977/London, Quartet, 1978) and the novels The Lilac Bus (Ward River Press, 1984/Century, 1986); Light A Penny Candle (London, Century, 1982/New York, Viking, 1983); Echoes (Century, 1984/New York, Viking, 1985); Firefly Summer (London, Century Hutchinson, 1987/New York, Delacorte, 1988); Silver Wedding (Century Hutchinson, 1988/Delacorte, 1989); Circle of Friends (London, Random Century, 1990/Delacorte, 1991); The Copper Beech (London, Orion, 1992/Delacorte, 1992); The Glass Lake (Orion, 1994); and Quentins (Orion, 2002). She has also published essays and selections from her column in The Irish Times. Her television play, Deeply Regretted By, won two Irish Jacob's Awards and the Best Script Award at the Prague Film Festival.
Beloved across the generations, Binchy was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Irish Book Awards in 2010.