Best-selling Irish author Maeve Binchy has died aged 72 after a short illness. Binchy, born in Dalkey, Co Dublin, has sold more than 40 million books. Her works were often set in Ireland and have been translated into 37 languages. They include The Lilac Bus as well as Tara Road and Circle of Friends, which were both adapted for screen. Binchy trained as a teacher before moving into journalism and writing, publishing her first novel - Light a Penny Candle - in 1982. She had written the novel in her spare time from her day job as a journalist at The Irish Times.