Writer Binchy 'left thousands to friends and family'

Maeve Binchy

Author Maeve Binchy left a third of her multi-million fortune to charities, friends and a golf club, it has been revealed.

Newly revealed details of the author's will indicate she had an estate of €10m when she died in 2012.

She left two-thirds of her fortune to her husband, Gordon Snell, along with the couple's homes in Dublin and London, The Sunday Times reported.

Close friends and family received a perecntage of her fortune - and 29 of the popular writer's friends, as well as groups including Foxrock Golf Club, were left €10,000 each.

The novelist, best known for her novels ‘Circle of Friends’ and ‘Light a Penny candle’, passed away in Dublin in July 2012 at the age of 72.

Several of Binchy’s works were adapted for screen, including 'Circle Of Friends', 'The Lilac Bus' and 'Tara Road'.

Her books sold more than 40m copies.

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