Maeve Binchy's final collection of linked stories, Chestnut Street has just been published by Orion.

Just round the corner from St Jarlath's Crescent is Chestnut Street, the lives of whose residents are revealed in Maeve Binchy's eponymously-titled final collection of stories which has just been published by Orion.

In Chestnut Street, readers meet Bucket Maguire, the window cleaner who must do more than he bargained for to protect his son. In another of the tales, Nessa Byrne has an aunt who comes to visit from America for six weeks every summer and shatters the relative calm of the house with her presence.

Lilian is the generous girl with a big heart in yet another story, and she has a fiancé who fails to find approval with some of her friends. Meanwhile, Melly's gossip about the neighbours leads to trouble in the form of the fortune teller, Madame Magic.

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