Molly Fox’s Birthday

Deirdre Madden’s latest novel charts the difficulties of the creative process, as the narrator, a well-known Irish playwright returns to Dublin from London to work on her latest play. Plagued by writer’s block, she begins thinking about the enigmatic actress, Molly Fox, whose house she is staying in, and her friend Andrew, an art historian turned television presenter. The plot, like most of Madden’s work, takes place within a very tight timeframe but features a number of extended flashbacks, which encompass the narrator’s time as a student in Trinity College, as well as sections about Northern Ireland during the Troubles. Deirdre Madden’s work is always a pleasure to read – her carefully crafted prose and understated, heartfelt plots are always guaranteed to make you think – and Molly Fox’s Birthday is no exception.

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