The Cantankerous Molly Darling


The Cantankerous Molly Darling’ has a lot to consider. Her immediate problem is the whereabouts of her chickens. She’s cared for them over the past year, since her father left, with only a PowerPoint to explain his decision.

Other things have disappeared of late aside from farm animals. Molly’s mother has lost all notion of sense and pride, it seems. She’s preserved and gardened and now determined upon an art career. Dermot, Molly’s sister’s boyfriend, has departed for Korea to be replaced by BrainDrain. Polly’s accepted his proposal of marriage. How can Molly possibly support this?

Meanwhile, Molly’s best friend is fixated on trumping the social media following of Claire Kelly, the most upwardly mobile girl in Ballyfert. Could the chickens hold the key? What could a vegan society offer ‘The Cantankerous Molly Darling’? 

The pace, fury and fun are uproarious. We feel sympathy for Molly throughout the story, hoping her chickens are rescued, the wall of books restored and the truth about this wonderful girl is realised. ‘The Cantankerous Molly Darling‘ is recommended particularly to readers who enjoy real life stories, pinned with humour and pathos.


The Cantankerous Molly Darling

Alvy Carragher

(Chicken House)

The Cantankerous Molly Darling’ takes care of her seven chickens. She knows each one by name and appearance. Little else is as certain for her. Who might her sister, Polly, be marrying this weekend? Why did her father announce his departure through a PowerPoint presentation? How does best friend Tess manage to recreate her school uniform so successfully? Her mother wouldn’t sell the chickens- would she?


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