Good Behaviour

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Virago, 2005 - Fiction - 245 pages
14 Reviews

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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User Review  - Lane Pybas - Goodreads

This book is not for the faint of heart. It's completely singular, but I imagine it's what would have happened if Emily Bronte had decided to write a comedy of manners. Set in early 20th century ... Read full review

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User Review  - Geoff Wooldridge - Goodreads

Good Behaviour was short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1981. It was beaten by the best ever Booker Prize winner (IMO), Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie. So, it's in good company. Molly Keane ... Read full review

About the author (2005)

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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