Deborah Moggach

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Deborah Moggach


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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

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.

English people Nation and ethnic group native to England

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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.



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

Oxford University Press (OUP) is the largest university press in the world, and the second oldest after Cambridge University Press. It is a department of the University of Oxford and is governed by a group of 15 academics appointed by the vice-chancellor known as the delegates of the press. They are headed by the secretary to the delegates, who serves as OUP's chief executive and as its major representative on other university bodies. Oxford University has used a similar system to oversee OUP since the 17th century. The Press is located on Walton Street, opposite Somerville College, in the suburb Jericho.

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.

Divorce, also known as dissolution of marriage, is the process of terminating a marriage or marital union. Divorce usually entails the canceling or reorganizing of the legal duties and responsibilities of marriage, thus dissolving the bonds of matrimony between a married couple under the rule of law of the particular country or state. Divorce laws vary considerably around the world, but in most countries divorce requires the sanction of a court or other authority in a legal process, which may involve issues of distribution of property, child custody, alimony, child visitation / access, parenting time, child support, and division of debt. In most countries, monogamy is required by law, so divorce allows each former partner to marry another person; where polygyny is legal but polyandry is not, divorce allows the woman to marry another person.

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.

Nancy Mitford An English author

Nancy Freeman-Mitford, known as Nancy Mitford, was an English novelist, biographer and journalist. One of the Mitford sisters, she was regarded as one of the "Bright Young People" on the London social scene in the inter-war years. She wrote several novels about upper-class life in England and France and was considered a sharp and often provocative wit. She also established a reputation for herself as a writer of popular historical biographies.

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.


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]



Short story collections



Stage play

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