The Builders by Maeve Binchy: Book Review

I think The Builders is a brilliant little book. I suppose it’s really a long short story, or a novella. It’s part of the Open Door series written by Irish authors for adult literacy learners, so it’s a quick read. It took me about 30 minutes to read it and I was amazed at how much detail and characterisation was packed into its 87 pages and in such a simple, direct style.

It’s the story of a lonely woman, Nan who finds friendship when the builders start to work on the house next door. At the same time her relationships with her three adult children undergo a radical change. I enjoyed it very much but I’m glad I borrowed it from the library as at £4.99 I think it’s overpriced.

4 thoughts on “The Builders by Maeve Binchy: Book Review”

  1. I like the idea that a well written story is available for adults who are learning to read. There should be more of them. Actually there probably are more – it’s just me who is unaware of them. I’m going to check at the library.

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