This Year it Will be Different : A Christmas Treasury, Paperback

This Year it Will be Different : A Christmas Treasury Paperback

3 out of 5 (1 rating)


A superb collection of short stories from the No. 1 bestselling author. Filled with Maeve Binchy's trademark wit and true storytelling genius, THIS YEAR IT WILL BE DIFFERENT powerfully evokes the lives of wives, husbands, children, friends and lovers.

There are step-families grappling with exes; long-married couples faced with in-law problems; a wandering husband choosing between the other woman and his wife; a child caught in a grown-up tug-of-war...Warm, witty and with a deep understanding of what makes us tick, THIS YEAR IT WILL BE DIFFERENT superbly demonstrates why Maeve Binchy's stories have become world-beaters.




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13 Jun 2009 - Oxfam, BirminghamI fell on this newer Binchy excitedly in the Oxfam shop (I remember this trip; it was just after Hay and I really shouldn't have been buying MORE books, esp not the massive Ted Heath bio that is next to read after the current crop!) but I'm afraid it disappointed slightly. Short stories, fine. About Christmas - also fine. Binchy writes a good family and a good story. But these were *very* short, often almost vignettes, and I missed the depth and mix of pathos and humour which she is so good at. Don't get me wrong - a good few of these were excellent - but it wasn't as marvellous as I'd hoped.Will retain to register and BookCross on Christmas Day in the park.

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