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Deborah Moggach

Carolyn Djanogly

Born
Middlesex
Genre
Fiction, Drama
 
 
Biography
Deborah Moggach was born in 1948 and studied English at Bristol University.

She undertook a variety of jobs, including working for the Oxford University Press, and trained as a teacher, before becoming a writer in the 1970s. She lived in Pakistan for 2 years where she wrote articles for Pakistani newspapers, and her first two novels, You Must be Sisters (1978) and Close to Home (1979), both autobiographical.

She has since written a number of further novels, including Hot Water Man (1982), set in Karachi; The Stand-In (1991), a thriller; and historical novels Tulip Fever (1999) and In the Dark (2007), set in 1916. She is also the author of two collections of short stories: Smile and other stories (1987); and Changing Babies and other stories (1995); and a stage play, Double Take. Several of her books incorporate the theme of loss of childhood, including Porky (1983), about incest; and Seesaw (1996), Stolen (1990), and To Have and To Hold (1986), all of which she has adapted herself for television. Her novels Final Demand (2001) and These Foolish Things (2004) have similarly become television dramas, and she has also written television adaptations of Love in a Cold Climate and of Anne Fine's Goggle-Eyes. A film adaptation of These Foolish Things was released in 2012 as The Exotic Marigold Hotel, starring Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Judi Dench.

Deborah Moggach also writes filmscripts, most recently for Pride and Prejudice, starring Keira Knightley. Her latest work is an adaptation of The Diary of Ann Frank for BBC 1, filmed in five episodes starring Ellie Kendrick.

Deborah Moggach has been Chair of the Society of Authors, worked for PEN's Executive Committee and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. She lives in London.

Bibliography

2007
In The Dark, Chatto & Windus
2004
These Foolish Things, Chatto & Windus
2001
Final Demand, Heinemann
1999
Tulip Fever, Heinemann
1997
Close Relations, Heinemann
1996
Seesaw, Heinemann
1995
Changing Babies and other stories, Heinemann
1993
The Ex-Wives, Heinemann
1991
The Stand-In, Heinemann
1990
Stolen, Heinemann
1988
Driving in the Dark, Heinemann
1987
Smile and other stories, Viking
1986
To Have and to Hold, Penguin
1983
Porky, Cape
1982
Hot Water Man, Cape
1980
A Quiet Drink, Collins
1979
Close to Home, Collins
1978
You Must Be Sisters, Collins

Awards

2006
BAFTA (Best Adapted Screenplay), Pride and Prejudice, shortlist
2005
Washington Area Film Critics Association (US), Pride and Prejudice, shortlist
1993
Writers' Guild Award (Best Dramatised Serial), Goggle-Eyes