Molly Keane

Molly Keane (born Mary Nesta Skrine, 20 July 1904 – 22 April 1996) was an Irish writer.

She went to a boarding school in Bray, County Wicklow, married one of a Waterford squirearchical family in 1938 and had two daughters, Sally and Virginia. Between 1928 and 1956, she wrote under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell. 

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Awards

  • Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (1981), for the novel Good Behaviour

Books

Novels as “M. J. Farrell”:

  • The Knight of Cheerful Countenance (1926)
  • Young Entry (1928)
  • Taking Chances (1929)
  • Mad Puppetstown (1931)
  • Conversation Piece (1932)
  • Devoted Ladies (1934)
  • Full House (1935)
  • The Rising Tide (1937)
  • Two Days in Aragon (1941)
  • Loving Without Tears (1951)
  • Treasure Hunt (1952)

Plays (as “M.J. Farrell”):

  • Spring Meeting (1938). Filmed in 1941
  • Ducks and Drakes (1942)
  • Treasure Hunt (1949). Filmed in 1952
  • Dazzling Prospect (1961)

Novels as “Molly Keane”:

  • Good Behaviour (1981)
  • Time After Time (1983)
  • Loving and Giving (1988) (alternatively titled Queen Lear)
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