Literary Birthday – 28 May – Maeve Binchy

Maeve Binchy was born 28 May 1940, and died 30 July 2012.

10 Maeve Binchy Quotes 

  1. I don’t have ugly ducklings turning into swans in my stories. I have ugly ducklings turning into confident ducks.
  2. I had a very happy childhood, which is unsuitable if you’re going to be an Irish writer.
  3. We’re nothing if we’re not loved. When you meet somebody who is more important to you than yourself, that has to be the most important thing in life, really. And I think we are all striving for it in different ways. I also believe very, very strongly that everybody is the hero/heroine of his/her own life. I try to make my characters kind of ordinary, somebody that anybody could be. Because we’ve all had loves, perhaps love and loss, people can relate to my characters.
  4. Everybody is a hero in their own story if you just look.
  5. I’m pleased to have outsold great writers. But I’m not insane – I realise I am a writer people buy to take on vacation.
  6. Always write as if you are talking to someone. It works. Don’t put on any fancy phrases or accents or things you wouldn’t say in real life.
  7. All I ever wanted to do is to write stories that people will enjoy and feel at home with.
  8. Everybody has always loved eating in Ireland and the family always gathered around the table – which was also where all the stories were told.
  9. The most important thing to realise is that everyone is capable of telling a story. It doesn’t matter where we were born or how we grew up.
  10. You can’t lay down laws for what people think and hope.

Maeve Binchy was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, columnist, and speaker. She was best known for her humorous take on small-town life in Ireland. Her novels were translated into 37 languages and sold more than 40 million copies. One of her most popular novels was Tara Road.

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Posted on: 28th May 2013