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Circle of Friends Author Maeve Binchy Dies

Maeve Binchy, Author of Circle of Friends, Dies at 72

Originally posted 07/31/2012 11:00AM

Maeve Binchy, the popular Irish author who sold more than 40 million books worldwide and penned Circle of Friends, has died after a brief illness, reports BBC News. She was 72.

During her illustrious career, Binchy wrote 16 novels, four collections of short stories, a play and a novella.

Her books, which have been featured on The New York Times bestseller list and as part of Oprah's Book Club, have been translated into 37 languages.

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