Molly Aitken

Molly wrote her first ‘novel’ at age nine. She still considers ‘Sophie the Orphan’ her greatest work. Molly was born in Scotland, but has spent most of her life in Ireland. After completing a bachelor’s degree in English and Classics at Galway University she decided to pursue an MA across the sea. Since completing the MA with Distinction, she continues to write short stories and her current novel. Molly works as a copywriter and a freelance journalist. Ireland will always be her home, however, she’s moved to Manchester to enjoy less rain.
Molly is repped by Hellie Ogden at Janklow and Nesbit.

Dark Lights is set on the island of Inis Oirr, just off the west coast of Ireland. It follows the protagonist Oona from childhood on the island, Ontario in her teens, and a trip to Ireland. The story follows Oona’s fraught relationship with her misbegotten daughter, Joyce, who is unaware of her true origins. It charts the recollections of Oona’s past that led her to running away from Inis Oirr. It is an emotional journey of self-realisation, Irish humour and ultimately, restoration of family love and the central motherdaughter relationship.

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