A deliciously funny, poignant and wry novel, full of surprising twists and turns from a writer whose clear-sighted observations of how people work - for readers of Anne Tyler, Ann Patchett and Elizabeth Strout "The Moggach miracle continues' The Times James, once an erudite and eminent professor, is getting on a bit and needs full-time help. So Phoebe and Robert, his middle-aged offspring, employ Mandy, who seems willing to take him off their hands. But as time goes on, and James regales his family with tales of Mandy's skills, her shopping trips, and the shared pleasure of their journeys to garden centres and watching birds, Phoebe and Robert sense something is amiss. Is this really their father, the distant figure who never once turned up for a sports day, now happily chortling over cuckoo clocks and television soaps? Then something happens that throws everything into new relief, and Phoebe and Robert discover that life most definitely does not stop for the elderly. It just moves onto a very different plane - changing all the stories they thought they knew so well.
Délocaliser les vieillards !
C'est l'idée lumineuse qui va sauver le docteur Ravi Kapoor, un médecin londonien épuisé par son travail quotidien et par les soucis que lui cause son insupportable beau-père, Norman Purse, un vieux bonhomme égoïste, sans-gêne et, de surcroît, obsédé sexuel.
Déjà expulsé de toutes les maisons de retraite convenables, Norman semble impossible à caser. C'est alors qu'un cousin de Ravi, un dynamique homme d'affaires, projette de créer en Inde une chaîne de maisons de retraite très « vieille Angleterre », où des Britanniques d'âge avancé pourraient retrouver, au soleil et dans la paix, les moeurs et l'atmosphère de leur jeunesse.
Dans la grande tradition de la littérature satirique anglaise, Deborah Moggach met en scène avec humour et tendresse ce petit monde dépassé par le temps, mais qui ne va pas tarder à découvrir que la vie peut encore apporter d'étranges bonheurs.
Acteur désormais à la retraite, Russell décide de quitter la trépidante vie londonienne. Il vient en effet d'hériter d'un vieux bed & breakfast perdu en plein milieu de la campagne, un bel endroit où tout est à refaire. Russell réalise qu'il doit absolument remplir les chambres, et vite ! Débarquent alors des personnages souvent cabossés par la vie. Il y a par exemple Harold, dont la femme s'est enfuie avec une partenaire plus jeune ; Amy, qui vient d'être brutalement abandonnée et puis Andy, l'étrange facteur hypocondriaque.
Dans ce petit hôtel familial, sous le regard protecteur de Russell, tout ce petit monde apprend à vivre ensemble, à rire et à aimer. Et c'est surtout l'occasion pour ces coeurs en miettes de prendre un nouveau départ...
Pru is on her own. But then, so are plenty of other people. And while the loneliness can be overwhelming, surely she''ll find a party somewhere? ''Moggach is at the height of her powers'' Sunday Times Pru''s husband has walked out, leaving her alone to contemplate her future. She''s missing not so much him, but the life they once had - picnicking on the beach with small children, laughing together, nestling up like spoons in the cutlery drawer as they sleep. Now there''s just a dip on one side of the bed and no-one to fill it. In a daze, Pru goes off to a friend''s funeral. Usual old hymns, words of praise and a eulogy but...it doesn''t sound like the friend Pru knew. And it isn''t. She''s gone to the wrong service. Everyone was very welcoming, it was - oddly - a laugh, and more excitement than she''s had for ages. So she buys a little black dress in a charity shop and thinks, now I''m all set, why not go to another? I mean, people don''t want to make a scene at a funeral, do they? No-one will challenge her - and what harm can it do? ''Full of warmth and humour, as well as blistering truths'' Daily Mirror
When Ravi Kapoor, an over-worked London doctor, is driven beyond endurance by his disgusting and difficult father-in-law, he asks his wife: 'Can't we just send him away somewhere? Somewhere far, far away.
When retired actor Buffy decides to up sticks from London and move to rural Wales, he has no idea what he is letting himself in for. In possession of a run-down B&B that leans more towards the shabby than the chic and is miles from nowhere, he realises he needs to fill the beds - and fast.
Modern fiction/Historical fictionDeborah Moggach's most recent novel was published alongside several non-fiction titles about Tulipmania. Amsterdam, 1630; Cornelis Sandvoort is an elderly Dutchman who has made money speculating on the exotic new flower. He commissions a portrait of himself and his young wife, but Sophia develops an attraction to the painter, Jan van Loos... "Sumptuous and enthralling... a passionate precision, a delight in the sensual that is reminiscent of Michele Roberts" The Times.
Seventy-two-year-old August Brill is recovering from a car accident. Plagued by insomnia, he tries to push back thoughts of things he would prefer to forget - his wife's recent death and the horrific murder of his granddaughter's boyfriend, Titus - by telling himself stories. He imagines a parallel world in which America is not at war with Iraq but with itself. In this other America the twin towers did not fall, and the 2000 election results led to secession, as state after state pulled away from the union, and a bloody civil war ensued. Brill gradually opens up to his granddaughter, recounting the story of his marriage and confronting the grim reality of Titus's death. Man in the Dark is a novel of our time, a book that forces us to confront the blackness of night whilst also celebrating the existence of ordinary joys in a brutal world
Fresh from London, Christine and Donald Manley have come to the alien swelter of Karachi. Among the ex-pats already there is straight-talking Duke Hanson, whose all-American values cannot prevent him falling, then sinking, helplessly in love with a sophisticated Pakistani girl. This is the story of the ensuing tangle of Anglo-Oriental relations.
Enticed by advertisements for a newly restored palatial hotel and filled with visions of a life of leisure, and mango juice in their gin, a group of very different people leave England to begin a new life in India. On arrival they are dismayed. But, as they soon discover, life and love can begin again, even in the most unexpected circumstances.