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.

In the Heartbreak Hotel Buffy has the bright idea of running Courses for Divorces, where the newly-separated can come to his hotel and learn the skill the other person had in the relationship.

In the book, however, nothing quite turns out as planned. So I decided to make some short films where you can learn some of the skills yourself. I hired some actors and a director and shot them mostly in my daughter’s flat. Not wanting to alter the reader’s image of the main characters, I gave to parts to minor characters who are scarcely mentioned in the book.

First we have Annie. She, rather ineptly, shows us how to make a lemon sponge. Her boss is mentioned in the book – she’s Adele, who runs the local restaurant and who once had a fling with Mick Jagger. Annie tells us a bit more about Adele, and also about Buffy, who she watched having a boozy lunch with Monica.

Then we have Pete, who is a friend of Nolan, the handsome chap who teaches Basic Car Maintenance. Pete teaches us how to check the oil. When interrupted by his girlfriend, however, we find out a bit more about Nolan’s shenanigans…

And finally there’s Jill, who’s married to Buffy’s next-door-neighbour Simon, a rather weedy chap who repairs lutes. As Jill shows us how to change a plug we hear more about life in the hotel, and indeed Jill’s own somewhat unsatisfactory marriage.

I just did these films for fun. They were a hoot to make and I hope you have a laugh watching them – and that they add a certain frisson to the book.

Heartbreak Hotel is out Now in Paperback and eBook.