The Return Journey brings us sons and lovers, daughters and strangers, husbands and wives in their infinite variety – powerfully compelling stories of love, loss, revelation, and reconciliation.

A secretary’s silent passion for her boss meets the acid test on a business trip; a man and a woman’s mutual disdain at first sight shows how deceptive appearances can be; an insecure wife clings to the illusion of order, only to discover chaos at the hands of a house-sitter who opens the wrong doors; a pair of star-crossed travellers pick up each other’s bags, and then learn that when you unlock a stranger’s suitcase, you enter a stranger’s life.

These and many more poignant, ironic, often humorous stories – unforgettable slices of life – show why Maeve Binchy is one of the world’s favourite storytellers.

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“Maeve Binchy is a master storyteller.” — New York Times

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The Return Journey


The Return Journey

Published in the UK and Ireland by Orion. Published in the USA by Delacorte and Dell, in Canada by McArthur & Co and in Australia and New Zealand by Allen and Unwin.

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