Molly Keane: A Life by Sally PhippsMolly Keane: A Life by Sally Phipps

Molly Keane: A Life

bySally Phipps

Hardcover | November 7, 2017

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Molly Keane(1904 - 96) was an Irish novelist and playwright (born in County Kildare) most famous forGood Behaviourwhich 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 pseudonymM.J. Farrell.In 1981, aged seventy, she publishedGood Behaviourunder 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. Maggie O'Farrell wrote that 'she writes better than anyone else about the mother-daughter relationship, in all its thorny, fraught, inescapable complexity.'

Here, for the first time, is her biography and, written by one of her two daughters, it provides an honest portrait of a fascinating, complicated woman who was a brilliant writer and a portrait of the Anglo-Irish world of the first half of the twentieth century.

Sally Phipps is Molly Keane's daughter.
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Title:Molly Keane: A LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 1.25 inPublished:November 7, 2017Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0349007527

ISBN - 13:9780349007526

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A delight and a phenomenon; the literary biography of a novelist . . . by her writer daughter, who manifests herself quite as observant compassionate original and dauntless as her mother-Candia McWilliam, Herald