Smile

      Deborah Moggach
Smile

A wonderfully entertaining and astute collection of short stories about life today. Deborah Moggach's stories take as their subject modern marriage and the modern family. In a world of plastic SMILE badges, devout news-agents peddling porn magazines and bleak estate houses gadgeted like spaceships, men and women come together, draw apart and find out, in between, that there is much room for deception and discovery.

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    In The Dark

      Deborah Moggach
In The Dark

By the author of Tulip Fever, a historical drama bursting with secrets and passions.1916: Pretty young Eithne Clay runs a shabby-genteel South London boarding house while her husband is off at the War. There's Ralph, her fourteen-year old son, and Winnie the young maid, a homely, goodhearted country girl, and the lodgers, of course, a curious but necessary burden. They include blind Alwyne Flyte, communist and cynic, victim of a gas attack in the trenches. When the dreaded telegram arrives at the house, things turn from difficult to desperate for the two young women. Then along comes the butcher, Neville Turk, big handsome ladies' man, irresistible for his meat, money and brutish confidence, who throws flighty Eithne into a turmoil but has sinister plans of his own. Winnie and the blind lodger, meanwhile, conduct a strange, erotic liaison of their own. And young Ralph, ignored by his mother, looks on, feeling the undercurrents of desire, seeing more than he should. All the...

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    Deborah Moggach

      Deborah Moggach
Deborah Moggach

Four brilliant stories by best-selling novelist Deborah Moggach, author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and numerous other works.

Part of the Good Housekeeping Modern Voices series, which includes short stories from the archives of Hearst Magazines UK.

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    Porky

      Deborah Moggach
Porky

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

At school they called her Porky on account of the pigs her family kept outside their bungalow near Heathrow. But she felt no different - not until she realised she was losing her innocence in a way that none of her friends could possibly imagine. Only a child robbed of her childhood can know too late what it means to be loved too little and loved too much.

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    The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Novel

      Deborah Moggach
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel: A Novel

Now a major motion picture starring Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Tom Wilkinson, Billy Nighy, and Dev Patel

When Ravi Kapoor, an overworked London doctor, reaches the breaking point with his difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: “Can’t we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.” His prayer is seemingly answered when Ravi’s entrepreneurial cousin sets up a retirement home in India, hoping to re-create in Bangalore an elegant lost corner of England. Several retirees are enticed by the promise of indulgent living at a bargain price, but upon arriving, they are dismayed to find that restoration of the once sophisiticated hotel has stalled, and that such amenities as water and electricity are . . . infrequent. But what their new life lacks in luxury, they come to find, it’s plentiful in adventure, stunning beauty, and unexpected love.

Review

“[Deborah] Moggach has served us a treat with this novel. Moving, sincere, funny.”—Independent on Sunday

“Underneath the ironies, [The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel] is a book about remembering—too late, or not too late—how to be alive.”—The Times Literary Supplement

“Classic Moggach: funny, touching, and . . . full of colours and visual details.”—*The Daily Telegraph


About the Author

Deborah Moggach is the author of sixteen successful novels, including the bestselling Tulip Fever, and two collections of stories. Her screenplays include Pride and Prejudice, which was nominated for a BAFTA. She lives in North London.

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    Final Demand

      Deborah Moggach
Final Demand

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Natalie is a girl who should be going somewhere. Beautiful, bright and ambitious, she's stuck in a dead-end job in the accounts department of Nu-Line Telecommunications, living her life through wild weekends and yearning for something more.

When she sees a chance to change her life, she takes it.After all, it's only a minor crime.Nobody's going to get hurt. But other people do get hurt, because Natalie's actions do have consequences - tragic consequences. Poignant and beautifully written, Final Demand is a cautionary tale about the battle between greed and love, about human hopes and our own frailty in the face of temptation.

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    Something to Hide

      Deborah Moggach
Something to Hide

"Nobody in the world knows our secret...that I've ruined Bev's life, and she's ruined mine."

Petra's romantic life has always been a car-crash, and even in her sixties she's still capable of getting it disastrously wrong. But then she falls in love with Jeremy, an old chum, visiting from abroad. The fatal catch? Jeremy is her best friend's husband.

But just as Petra is beginning to relax into her happy ever after, she finds herself catapulted to West Africa, and to Bev, her best friend who she's been betraying so spectacularly. Meanwhile, on opposite sides of the world, two other women are also struggling with the weight of betrayal: Texan Lorrie is about embark on the biggest deception of her life, and in China Li-Jing is trying to understand exactly what it is her husband does on his West African business trips...

It turns out that no matter wherever you are in the world,...

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    You Must Be Sisters

      Deborah Moggach
You Must Be Sisters

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Claire - a model daughter, an imaginative teacher, as clear and legible as her handwriting.

Laura - a student, a beauty, as vital and rebellious as her parents could ever have feared for.

As children they had shared everything - so much so that later, neither sister could quite remember to which one of them some long-distant adventure had happened. Far from the leafy respectability of Harrow where they grew up, each is now going her distinctly separate way in this warm, funny and poignant novel of coming-of-age.

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    The Stand-In

      Deborah Moggach
The Stand-In

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Jules is an unknown English actress with a precarious career and a wayward but irresistible boyfriend, Trevor. But then she gets the break of a lifetime - a part as stand-in for Lila Dune, American film star and sex-symbol - and her world is transformed.

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    Hot Water Man

      Deborah Moggach
Hot Water Man

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

East is East and West is West.

Fresh from London, Christine and Donald Manley have come to the alien swelter of Karachi: Christine to conceive a child, Donald to sell the Pill for a pharmaceutical company. Among the ex-pats already there is straight-talking Duke Hanson, whose all-American values cannot prevent him falling, then sinking, helplessly in love with a sophisticated Pakistani girl. In the ensuing tangle of Anglo-American-Oriental relations, the strangest things for those who have come out East are revealed in the very people with whom they arrived.

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    The Ex-Wives

      Deborah Moggach
The Ex-Wives

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Meet Buffy.

With three ex-wives, a failing career and only his dog George for company, Buffy's bachelorhood is looking worryingly confirmed.

Until he meets Celeste.

Dazzled by love, Buffy has no idea that Celeste is systematically researching his ex-wives, children and step-children, and unearthing secrets that will change all their lives.

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    Close Relations

      Deborah Moggach
Close Relations

CLOSE RELATIONS is one of the funniest and truest novels about modern family life you'll ever read. Gordon Hammond, sixty-five, a builder who has built up his own, modestly successful business, has a heart attack. Whilst recovering in hospital he falls in love with April, a young black nurse, and leaves Dorothy, his wife of 45 years to set up home with her. Dorothy is released like a loose cannon into the lives of her three daughters and chaos ensues. More relationships break up, passions run high and dramatic developments ensue that will change the Hammond family forever.

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    To Have and to Hold

      Deborah Moggach
To Have and to Hold

Life has smiled on Viv - chaotic, pretty, charismatic, radical, she has always been one for bold moves. Her sister Ann is less fortunate - sober predictable, now unable to have children, she has always trailed in Viv's shadow. Then Viv decides to give her sister the best present she can think of - a baby. And little thinks of the repercussions her magnanimity will bring. . . .

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