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The Rising Tide

Molly Keane

8 Reviews

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Virago Modern Classics, Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

A riotous, enthralling portrait of leisured life at the family home of Garonlea in the early years of the century

One glorious gothic mansion - Garonlea - and two rather different ladies who would be Queen . . .

Lady Charlotte French-McGrath has successfully ruled over her family with a rod of iron until the arrival of Cynthia: beautiful, young, talented, selfish - and engaged to her son Desmond.

When Cynthia enters the Jazz Age, on the surface her life passes in a whirl of hunting, drinking and romance. But the ghosts of Garonlea are only biding their time: they know the source of their power, a secret handed on from one generation to the next.

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Praise for The Rising Tide

  • Molly Keane ... is robust about sinful human nature and the intrigues of the heart... - V.S. Pritchett

  • Psychologically sharp, socially knowing and closely knit - IRISH TIMES

  • The characterisation of women is first class - Sebastian Faulks

  • She is akin to Jane Austen in her feeling for the minutae of human behaviour - Polly Devlin

  • Molly Keane ... is robust about sinful human nature and the intrigues of the heart... - V.S. Pritchett

  • Psychologically sharp, socially knowing and closely knit - IRISH TIMES

  • The characterisation of women is first class - Sebastian Faulks

  • She is akin to Jane Austen in her feeling for the minutae of human behaviour - Polly Devlin

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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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