The Making of Mollie

Dublin 1912, and Mollie Carberry is writing to her friend Frances who is away at boarding school in England. Each letter charmingly portrays the details of Mollie’s family and school life, and we quickly discover Mollie’s sister has a secret: she’s a suffragette.

Breaking her parents’ rules, Mollie follows Phyllis through the city streets, to discover what suffrage is all about. Mollie soon realizes the cause isn’t all lofty notions that have nothing to do with her. The politics of women’s rights suddenly explains why things are the way they are, including the fact that her annoying brother Harry gets the best bits of chicken no matter how badly he behaves. Mollie introduces the cause to her best friend Nora, and the two of them are rapidly drawn towards breaking more rules and even daring to take political action themselves.

Mollie is an engaging, witty and entirely likeable character. We follow her adventures eagerly, ever hopeful that she won’t get herself and Nora into too much trouble, that the cause will succeed, that the thoroughly unpleasant Ancient Order of Hibernians won’t do anything too dreadful, and that Harry’s nice friend Frank will reappear with his nice smile just at the right moment.

The Making of Mollie draws the reader into a real and effecting world that faithfully recreates historical events and inspiring personalities. Educational, engaging and entertaining, it’s an all-round good read.