Good Behaviour

Good Behaviour

By (author) Molly Keane , Introduction by Maggie O'Farrell

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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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  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 126 x 192 x 22mm | 199.58g
  • 01 Jun 2006
  • Little, Brown Book Group
  • Virago Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • New edition
  • New
  • 1844083241
  • 9781844083244
  • 72,426

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

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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

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