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.
To Have And To Hold

This is a story about surrogate motherhood, also featuring sisters – they crop up a great deal in my work. The novel actually started life as a TV drama. In the mid-eighties I went to ITV with an idea for a contemporary drama serial in 8 episodes. As it happened, surrogate motherhood would soon be big news so the timing was lucky. I was also lucky to have a terrific cast – Amanda Redman, amongst others. I’d called it “Bearing It”, a title I like better, but the producer suggested “To Have and To Hold” – more ITV, somehow. So when I turned the scripts into a novel it had to stay. It stirred up quite a lot of controversy at the time. It was my first major TV drama, and I loved being involved. In fact it was filmed in my neighbourhood – Camden Town and Holloway – and I once, when I went shopping, I found pages of my script blowing in the gutter.

Book Description

From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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. . . .


“A very good novel indeed – contemporary in its subject, compassionate in its treatment of the four central characters.”
(The Times)