Big, generous-hearted Benny and the elfin Eve Malone have been best friends growing up in sleepy Knockglen.
Their one thought is to get to Dublin, to university and to freedom...On their first day at University College, Dublin, the inseparable pair are thrown together with fellow students Nan Mahon, beautiful but selfish, and handsome Jack Foley.
But trouble is brewing for Benny and Eve's new circle of friends, and before long, they find passion, tragedy - and the independence they yearned for.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 736 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 01/06/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099498599
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Review by jlrobinson99
I have loved Maeve Binchy since I discovered her during my first year of university. My dad gave me 'The Copper Beech' one Christmas and I felt cast under a spell from the first chapter. I remember going back for Winter Term and hitting exams, being totally exhausted and tired of studying so wandering down to Waterloo Town Square to a Coles bookshop. I wanted a distraction so thought I would see if Maeve had anything else to offer. I picked Circle of Friends off of the book shelf and it saw me through the next few weeks, as I promised myself a another chapter or a few more pages for every hour I could stick with studying. So my attachment to this book is largely emotional but it's also a great story.