MOLLY KEANE: A Life


MOLLY KEANE: A Life

SALLY PHIPPS    Book Number: 85435    Product format: Hardback

An excellent biography of Anglo-Irish writer Molly Keane, whose childhood was spent in a 'big house', amongst the hunting and shooting fraternity. Born to Agnes and Walter Skrine in 1904, in Co. Kildare, Molly was one of five children and thought of herself as a cuckoo in the nest. She was dramatic and demonstrative, and had bright red hair which was 'not looked on favourably. It symbolised hoydenishness, Irishness, wildness.' The family cook referred to her as 'that right red rip'. Molly's mother seemed more quiet and retiring, and placed emphasis on modesty. She began writing in her teens, getting 11 novels published under the pseudonym of M.J.Farrel, a name that she saw over a pub doorway and liked. She went on to write plays that were performed in London's West End starring such people as Sybil Thorndyke, mixing with many of the great theatrical names Gielgud and Rutherford. Molly married Bobbie Keane in 1939, but was devastated when he died just seven years later from a duodenal haemorrhage. Molly died aged 90 in 1996, best remembered for her Booker-shortlisted novel Good Behaviour, a brilliantly sharp novel about mother-daughter behaviour. This loving, realistic account is written by her daughter. 338pp, illus.
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ISBN 9780349007526
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