Maeve Binchy, one of Ireland's most popular writers, passed away on Tuesday July 31, 2012 (Myung Jung Kim/Associated Press)
Popular Irish writer Maeve Binchy passed away yesterday at the age of 72 after a brief illness, the Irish media reported today. Best known for her depictions of small-town life in Ireland, Binchy authored more than 25 books, including 16 novels. She sold over 40 million books worldwide and her work was translated into 37 languages. In 1999, her novel Tara Road was an Oprah's Book Club selection.
Binchy wrote her first novel, Light a Penny Candle in 1982, after a career as a teacher and journalist. After being rejected five times, Light a Penny Candle would go on to be Binchy's first of several bestsellers.
Her 1990 novel Circle of Friends was turned into a film in 1995 starring Minnie Driver and Chris O'Donnell. Maeve Binchy stopped by CBC's Morningside to chat about the book with host Peter Gzowski on October 13, 1994. You can listen to their conversation in the audio player above.