Molly Keane was an Irish novelist and playwright. Her most famous work is Good Behaviour, which was shortlisted for the 1981 Booker Prize.

Hailed as the Irish Nancy Mitford in her day; as well as writing books she was the leading playwright of the 1930s, with her work directed by John Gielgud. Between 1928 and 1956, she wrote 11 novels, and some of her earlier plays, under the pseudonym M.J. Farrell. In 1981, aged 70, she published Good Behaviour under her own name. The manuscript, which had languished in a drawer for many years, was lent to a visitor, the actress Peggy Ashcroft, who encouraged Keane to publish it.

Molly Keane

All nominated books

Good Behaviour