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Deirdre Madden is from Toomebridge, Co. Antrim. Her novels include The Birds of Innocent Wood, Nothing is Black, One by One in the Darkness, which was shortlisted for the Orange Prize, and Authenticity. Her most recent novel is Molly Fox's Birthday. She teaches at Trinity College, Dublin and is a member of the Irish Arts Academy Aosdana.
Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2009 Although we never actually meet the character from the title the readers feels they have met her through the reflections of her friend who is staying in her house. A cleverly spun tale with vivid imagery bringing Molly and her house alive. An engaging read.
Dublin. Midsummer. While absent in New York, the celebrated actor Molly Fox has loaned her house to a playwright friend, who is struggling to write a new work. Over the course of this, the longest day of the year, the playwright reflects upon her own life, Molly's, and that of their mutual friend Andrew, whom she has known since university. Why does Molly never celebrate her own birthday, which falls upon this day? What does it mean to be a playwright or an actor? How have their relationships evolved over the course of many years? Molly Fox's Birthday calls into question the ideas that we hold about who we are; and shows how the past informs the present in ways we might never have imagined.
Murphy the cat, Bubbles the dog and Captain Cockle the parrot live in a pet shop. When the owner's niece Keira comes to stay, she is entranced by the animals but a bit puzzled, because her Aunt Emily never seems to actually sell any of them. But then one day a strange woman arrives at the shop. She is Henrietta Fysshe-Pye. She has just bought the castle on the edge of the town and now she wants some animals to populate it. She chooses Mulvey, Bubbles and Captain Cockle and is determined to have them despite Keira and her aunt's attempts to persuade her otherwise. The other animals in the shop are horrified - Murphy is their leader and has been living in the shop since he was a kitten, so once he and the other two have been taken by Mrs Fysshe-Pye, the animals left behind decide they must rescue them.
Extraordinary things happen in Woodford when kind and timid pianist, Barney Barrington, and his enemy, Jasper Jellit, both want to buy the same painting... An extraordinary tale...on toast!