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Mad Puppetstown

Virago Modern Classics

By Molly Keane

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 11 April 2006
In the early 1900s Easter lives with her Aunt Brenda, her cousins Evelyn and Basil, and their Great-Aunt Dicksie in an imposing country house, Puppetstown, which casts a spell over their childhood. Here they spend carefree days taunting the peacocks in Aunt Dicksie's garden, shooting snipe and woodcock, hunting, and playing with Patsy, the boot boy. But the house and its inhabitants are not immune to the 'little, bitter, forgotten war in Ireland' and when it finally touches their lives all flee to England. All except Aunt Dicksie who refuses to surrender Puppetstown's magic. She stays on with Patsy, living in a corner of the deserted house while in England the cousins are groomed for Society. But for two of them those wild, lost Puppetstown years cannot be forgotten.

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A rich an evocative novel which combines the intricacies of family feeling and a powerful sense of place with a pervasive awareness of 'those strange, silent, dangerous days' in Ireland.

About the Author

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.

EAN: 9781844083992
ISBN: 1844083993
Publisher: Virago Press Ltd
Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.9 x 2.1 centimetres (0.25 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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