Deborah Moggach | Best-selling Author
A warm, witty and wise novel about the unexpected twists that later life can bring, from the hugely popular author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and Tulip Fever.

Here’s an update, and about time too. The reason for my silence is that I’ve been hunkered down writing a novel. It’s called “Heartbreak Hotel” and nobody’s seen it yet but it’s sort of finished – by this I mean I’ve written The End but keep sneaking back to fiddle with it, like somebody re-arranging the ornaments before opening their house to the public. As all of you who write know so well, this is a strange period, and in this case coincides with the limbo-days between Christmas and the New Year, when the phone never rings and time is suspended.

The novel is a sort-of follow-on to “The Ex-Wives”; Buffy, the boozy old actor, is now seventy and takes on a rackety old B&B in the Welsh Marches where he sets up courses for people who’ve just broken up. I would add with hilarious and unforeseen consequences if it didn’t sound so naff. It does have a few good jokes – well, I laughed at them, but then I would, wouldn’t I? I hope to link it to small films on the internet.

And it does have certain things in common with “These Foolish Things”, my novel about outsourcing the elderly to India. This has been made into a film, as I’ve already mentioned (see earlier blogs), called “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”. You can see the trailer online, and the movie itself opens at the end of February. It has the most fabulous cast – Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Celia Imrie, Ronald Pickup, Bill Nighy, Tom Wilkinson, Penelope Wilton and Dev Patel, and is directed by the terrific John Madden. I’ve seen it and loved it – it’s made by the studio that made “Slumdog Millionaire” and it has the same assault on the senses, plus a big heart. And it’s very funny. Needless to say, I’m biased, but I’d love to know what you think.

Next thing I’m doing is adapting Louise Doughty’s excellent novel “Whatever You Love” for TV. In the meantime, have a great New Year and do email me if you fancy at

My second novel was also drawn largely from my own life. I was living in Camden Town, London, with two small children. Such is the intense, closed-off world of motherhood, I simply could imagine no other life. Of course I created fictional characters and events, but they were deeply rooted in my own circumstances – marriage to a man who was often away, a long secret garden, and that parched, magical summer of 1976.

Book Description

At 23 Brinsley Street, Kate Cooper struggles with her two babies, the household chores and the effort of keeping up appearances for her high-flying husband. Next door, Sam Green struggles with his novel, his wife goes out to work and his self-absorbed daughter strives to keep up the appearance of a teenager. As the long, hot summer draws on, a heady brew of magic and mischief awaits them all.


(The Observer)

“Funny, affectionate and unpretentious…always a pleasure to read. Moggach has acute things to say about young married life, about looking after children, about the secret places behind noisy North London streets.”
(New Statesman)

“An immaculately observered slice of urban life.”
(Daily Telegraph)