Adult Fiction, Book reviews and recommendations

Book Review: Circle of Friends

Author: Maeve Binchy

Reviewed by: Aoife Kerr, Leixlip Library


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.


This is one of those books that everyone should read. I do have to admit that parts of this book are slow, but it is so worth sticking with. It is such a well written and thoughtful book. I do think that one of the things that I love about this book is that in some ways it comes across as a very typical Irish town in the 1950s, that is slow to change, but once it does, they open their arms to it. Towards the end, I feel do feel bad for some of the characters, despite what they have done. Which I think makes for an excellent book. I do hope you read it and enjoy it.

This title is available to borrow as both an ebook and an audiobook on Bolinda Borrowbox or if you prefer to borrow a physical copy, you can request it online or make an appointment to visit your local library.

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