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'Circle of Friends' author Maeve Binchy dies

Bestselling Irish author Maeve Binchy, one of Ireland’s most popular writers who sold more than 40 million books worldwide, has died in Dublin after a brief illness, Irish media and national leaders said. She was 72 years old.

She was best known for her depictions of human relationships and their crises, mainly in the small towns of Ireland but also in London. “We have lost a national treasure,” said Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny.

The Irish Times, her former employer, told the AP it had spoken to Binchy’s family and said the acclaimed author had died in a Dublin hospital on Monday with her husband Gordon Snell by her side.

“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,” said Ireland’s president, Michael D. Higgins. READ FULL STORY

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