The very popular Irish author Maeve Binchy has died aged 72. Her first novel, Light a Penny Candle was published in 1982 and she produced fourteen other novels, ten collections of short stories, several non-fiction works, novellas and a play. Her novel, Circle of Friends was adapted into film in 1995. Her novels have been translated into 37 languages and sold over 40 million copies worldwide. Although she announced her retirement in 2000, she continued writing and in 2010 her last novel titled Minding Frankie was published.