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Good Behaviour

Molly Keane

8 Reviews

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

*A brilliant comic novel about Anglo-Ireland that was shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

*'A mistress of wicked comedy' MALCOLM BRADBURY, VOGUE

'I do know how to behave - believe me, because I know. I have always known...'

Behind the gates of Temple Alice the aristocratic Anglo-Irish St Charles family sinks into a state of decaying grace. To Aroon St Charles, large and unlovely daughter of the house, the fierce forces of sex, money, jealousy and love seem locked out by the ritual patterns of good behaviour. But crumbling codes of conduct cannot hope to save the members of the St Charles family from their own unruly and inadmissible desires. This elegant and allusive novel established Molly Keane as the natural successor to Jean Rhys.

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Praise for Good Behaviour

  • 'An extraordinary tour de force of fictional presentation a masterpiece a technically remarkable work, as sharp as a blade Molly Keane is a mistress of wicked comedy.' VOGUE

  • 'A witty, black comedy of manners, GOOD BEHAVIOUR is a memorable novel by an Irish writer whose only equal is Elizabeth Bowen.' BOOKSELLER

  • 'A fine novel, wickedly alive' Victoria Glendinning, SUNDAY TIMES

  • 'Enchanting' Edna O'Brien, OBSERVER

  • 'May well become a classic among English Novels' NEW YORK TIMES

  • 'The very best of Anglo - Irish writing ' - Clare Boylan

  • 'This self-possessed, crisply detailed and alertly funny novel is a wonder. Silent for decades, Keane has abruptly produced a masterpiece.' NEWSWEEK

  • 'Miss Keane writes easily, with wit and charm. She treats her characters with both sensitivity and humour, and there is much to make you smile. It is a gentle book but showing a few sharp edges, and always displaying an unpretentious love of writing.' LIVERPOOL DAILY POST

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Molly Keane

Molly Keane was born in Co. Kildare, Ireland, in 1904 into a 'rather serious Hunting and Fishing Church-going family' who gave her little education at the hands of governesses. Molly Keane's interests when young were 'hunting and horses and having a good time'; she began writing only to supplement her dress allowance. She died in 1996.

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