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Molly Parkin (born Molly Thomas in 1932, Pontycymer), is a Welsh painter and journalist, who became most famous for exploits in the 1960s.

Parkin was the second of two daughters, born and raised in Pontycymer in the Garw Valley, Wales. In 1949 she gained a scholarship to study fine art at Goldsmiths College, London, and then a scholarship to Brighton College of Art. After marriage, she became a teacher who painted throughout her first marriage. After a series of affairs, including a long term association with actor James Robertson Justice, when Parkin separated from her husband at the start of the 1960s, her desire, inspiration and passion to paint left too.

To support her two daughters, Parkin turned to fashion. After making hats and bags for Barbara Hulanicki at Biba, and working alongside Mary Quant, Parkin opened her own Chelsea boutique, which later formed a feature in Newsweek about Swinging London. After selling the shop to business partner Terence Donovan, she founded the innovative Nova magazine in 1964. She then became fashion editor of Harpers & Queen in 1967, and The Sunday Times in 1969, before becoming Fashion Editor of the Year in 1971. After becoming a television personality in the 1970s, Parkin was banned from the BBC for too much swearing.

In the early 1970s, Parkin wrote a 750 word outline for a novel entitled Love All. Disliked by publishers Blond & Briggs, the office secretary commented that she liked it, and it was picked up for publication. Her second more sexually orientated novel Up Tight published in 1975 was highly publicised, thanks to fashion photographer Harry Peccinotti’s cover shot of a French model wearing see-through knickers, resulting in book sellers Hatchards keeping it under the counter. After returning from living in New York city in 1980, she split from her second husband Patrick Hughes, and was again in need of funds to pay for her daughters` education. By the time of publishing her novel Breast Stroke in 1983, her alcoholism had taken over. The three publications, plus various articles for men's magazines, earned her the position of 24th in Timeout magazines review of London's best erotic writers.

After publication of her autobiography "Moll" in 1993, Parkin started painting again in the 1990s, with her first exhibition in more than a decade at the Washington Gallery in Penarth. Much of her new work is inspired by Celtic landscapes- in particular, Pontycymer - although she also found her travels in India moved her to brighten her palette to produce more vibrant coloured works.
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Total Books: 35
Love All
2011 - Love All (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781907616150
ISBN-10: 1907616152
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Up Tight
2011 - Up Tight (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781907616167
ISBN-10: 1907616160
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Full Up
2011 - Full Up (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781907616174
ISBN-10: 1907616179
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Moll Making of Molly Parkin - An Autobiography
1994 - Moll Making of Molly Parkin - an Autobiography (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780575057517
ISBN-10: 0575057513

1993 - Moll (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780575053892
ISBN-10: 0575053895
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs

Write up
1987 - Write Up (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780722105757
ISBN-10: 0722105754

Good Golly MsMolly
1986 - Good Golly Msmolly (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780863791222
ISBN-10: 0863791220
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Bit Between the Teeth  Sandwich recipes Sandwich Recipes
1985 - Bit Between the Teeth Sandwich Recipes Sandwich Recipes (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780706364019
ISBN-10: 0706364015

Breast Stroke
1984 - Breast Stroke (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780352314574
ISBN-10: 0352314575

Love Bites
1983 - Love Bites (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780352312235
ISBN-10: 0352312238

Bite of the Apple
1981 - Bite of the Apple (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780491028141
ISBN-10: 0491028148
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Fast and Loose
1979 - Fast and Loose (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780491022286
ISBN-10: 049102228X
Genre: Literature & Fiction

Up and Coming
Up and Coming (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780352307583
ISBN-10: 0352307587
Genre: Literature & Fiction

An Omnibus Edition Stripped For Action Love All Up Tight Full Up