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.
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Number of pages: 304
Weight: 426 g
Dimensions: 137 x 200 x 27 mm
I have read and re-read Molly Keane more, I think, than any other writer. Nobody else can touch her as a satirist, tragedian, and dissector of human behaviour. I love all her books, but Good Behaviour and Loving and Giving are the ones I return to most * Maggie O'Farrell *
** 'An extraordinary tour de force * VOGUE ** ''A witty, black comedy of manners... 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 ** 'May well become a classic among English novels * NEW YORK TIMES ** 'The very best of Anglo-Irish writing' *
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