Deborah Moggach

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Deborah Moggach
OBE

FRSL

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Moggach in 2009
BornDeborah Hough
(1948-06-28) 28 June 1948 (age 70)
England, United Kingdom
Occupation Novelist, screenwriter
GenreContemporary, historical
Website
deborahmoggach.com

Deborah Moggach OBE FRSL (born Deborah Hough; 28 June 1948) is an English novelist and screenwriter. She has written eighteen novels, including The Ex-Wives , Tulip Fever (made into the film of the same name), These Foolish Things (made into the film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel ) and Heartbreak Hotel.

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Novel Narrative text, normally of a substantial length and in the form of prose describing a fictional and sequential story

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<i>The Ex-Wives</i> book by Deborah Moggach

The Ex-Wives, is a 1993 novel by English author Deborah Moggach.

Contents

Biography

Early life and career

Moggach is one of four daughters of writers Charlotte Hough (née Woodyadd) and Richard Hough. Moggach was brought up in Bushey, Hertfordshire and St John's Wood in London, [1] and was educated at Camden School for Girls and Queen's College, London.

Charlotte Hough was the British author of over thirty illustrated children's books.

Richard Alexander Hough was a British author and historian specializing in maritime history.

Bushey town in Hertfordshire, England, UK

Bushey is a town in the Hertsmere borough of Hertfordshire in the East of England. It has a population of 24,000. Bushey Heath is a large neighbourhood south east of Bushey on the boundary with the London Borough of Harrow reaching elevations of 165 metres (541 ft) above sea level.

She graduated from the University of Bristol in 1971 with a degree in English and trained as a teacher before going to work at the Oxford University Press. She lived in Pakistan for two years in the mid 1970s and in the United States.

University of Bristol research university located in Bristol, United Kingdom

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Oxford University Press Publishing arm of the University of Oxford

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Pakistan federal parliamentary constitutional republic in South Asia

Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is a country in South Asia. It is the world’s sixth-most populous country with a population exceeding 212,742,631 people. In area, it is the 33rd-largest country, spanning 881,913 square kilometres. Pakistan has a 1,046-kilometre (650-mile) coastline along the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Oman in the south and is bordered by India to the east, Afghanistan to the west, Iran to the southwest, and China in the far northeast. It is separated narrowly from Tajikistan by Afghanistan's Wakhan Corridor in the northwest, and also shares a maritime border with Oman.

Novels and other writings

Most of her novels are contemporary, tackling family life, divorce, children and the confusions and disappointments of relationships. She has an ear for comedy but has also written a dark thriller set in America, The Stand-In; a bleak story of incest set near London Heathrow Airport, Porky ; and a novel pitting Muslim versus English family values, Stolen.

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Incest Sexual activity between family members or close relatives

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<i>Porky</i> (novel) novel by Deborah Moggach

Porky, is the fifth novel by the English author Deborah Moggach, first published in 1983 by Jonathan Cape and recommended in OUP's Good Fiction Guide.

Her two historical novels are Tulip Fever, set in Vermeer’s Amsterdam, and In The Dark, set in a boarding house during the First World War. Her novel, Something To Hide (2015), is set in Texas, London, Beijing, and West Africa. The Indian subcontinent has featured frequently in her work. Her other work includes a stage play and two collections of short stories.

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She has adapted many of her novels as TV dramas and has also written acclaimed adaptations of other people’s work, among them Nancy Mitford’s Love in a Cold Climate , for instance, and The Diary of Anne Frank . Her script of the film Pride and Prejudice , starring Keira Knightley, was nominated for a BAFTA award, and Goggle-Eyes, from Anne Fine’s novel, won a Writers Guild Award. These Foolish Things, her comic novel about elderly people moving to India to obtain affordable care, was made into the successful film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Tulip Fever has also been made into a film.

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The Diary of Anne Frank is a BBC adaptation, in association with France 2, of The Diary of a Young Girl originally written by Anne Frank and adapted for television by Deborah Moggach.

Keira Knightley English actress and model

Keira Christina Knightley, is an English actress and model. She has received an Empire Award and multiple nominations for British Academy, Golden Globe, and Academy Awards.

Honours

In 2005 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bristol; she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a former Chair of the Society of Authors and was on the executive committee of PEN. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2018 New Year Honours for services to literature. [2]

Personal life

At Oxford University Press she met the man who became her first husband, Tony Moggach; the couple later divorced. He died in November 2015.

For ten years, her partner was the cartoonist Mel Calman. [3]

After his death in 1994, she lived for seven years with Hungarian painter Csaba Pásztor.

She currently lives in the Welsh border town of Presteigne with her husband since 2014, Mark Williams, a journalist, editor and magazine publisher. They also have a maisonette in Kentish Town, north London.

She has two adult children: Tom, a teacher, and Lottie, a journalist and novelist. In 1985, her mother was sent to prison for helping a terminally ill friend kill herself. [4] Moggach is a patron of Dignity in Dying and campaigns for a change in the law on assisted suicide. [5]

Works

Novels

Short story collections

Screenplays

Teleplays

Stage play

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References

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  2. "New Year's Honours list 2018" (PDF).
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 July 2005. Retrieved 11 October 2005.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. Durrant, Sabine (24 January 2009). "'I was grateful to her for dying'". the Guardian. Retrieved 8 July 2017.
  5. "Patrons - Dignity in Dying". Dignity in Dying. Retrieved 5 June 2015.