Reading Women Book Club February: Molly Keane: A Life

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We will be discussing Molly Keane at our Reading Women Club on Wednesday 26th February at 10.45am. If you would like to join us, please email claire@lutyensrubinstein.co.uk, or put a note in the box below when you purchase the book.

Molly Keane (1904 – 96) was an Irish novelist and playwright (born in County Kildare) most famous for Good Behaviour which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

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Molly Keane (1904 – 96) was an Irish novelist and playwright (born in County Kildare) most famous for Good Behaviour which was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Hailed as the Irish Nancy Mitford in her day; as well as writing books she was the leading playwright of the ’30s, her work directed by John Gielgud. Between 1928 and 1956, she wrote eleven novels, and some of her earlier plays, under the pseudonym M.J.Farrell.

In 1981, aged seventy, she published Good Behaviour under her own name. The manuscript, which had languished in a drawer for many years, was lent to a visitor, the actress Peggy Ashcroft, who encouraged Keane to publish it.

Molly Keane’s novels reflect the world she inhabited; she was from a ‘rather serious hunting and fishing, church-going family’. She was educated, as was the custom in Anglo-Irish households, by a series of governesses and then at boarding school. Distant and awkward relationships between children and their parents would prove to be a recurring theme for Keane.

Paperback; 352 pages; 304g;