Maeve Binchy, "one of the best-loved Irish writers of her generation," died in Dublin on Monday (July 30) after a brief illness, according to the Irish Times. She was 72.
She wrote many best sellers including "Circle of Friends," "Evening Class," "Heart and Soul," "Tara Road" and "Minding Frankie."
"We have lost a national treasure," said Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.
The country's president, Michael D. Higgins, added that "She was an outstanding novelist, short story writer and columnist, who engaged millions of people all around the world with her fluent and accessible style."
Two of Ginchy's 16 novels--"The Lilac Bus" and "Echoes,"--were made into TV movies, while "Circle of Friends," "Tara Road" and "How About You" were made into feature films.
Binchy is survived by her brother, William Binchy, sister Joan and husband Gordon Snell, who was by her side when she died.
by RTT Staff Writer
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