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Reading Ireland Month: Dublin 4 by Maeve Binchy

I had just read Maeve Binchy's Dublin 4 for my own #projectplaces when I discovered that, thanks to Cathy at 746 Books, this is Reading Ireland Month - what luck to be able to participate in a themed read about a country I love with a book by one of my most beloved writers. 

Maeve Binchy has been one of my slightly guilty pleasures ever since I first read Light A Penny Candle many, many years ago.
That novel tells the story of Elizabeth, a shy English girl, going to stay with her single mother's old friend in rural Ireland just after the war, and then follows the fortunes of both families through the years that follow. As the shy only child of a single mother in suburban London, this story could have been mine; I first went to Ireland in the early 1980s, invited by a friend to spend Christmas with her dairy-farming family in County Waterford. I had rarely been outside the city; my notions of farming came largely from Enid Blyton's Famous Five and Ruby Ferguson's books ab…

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