Deborah Moggach

Standard Name: Moggach, Deborah
Birth Name: Deborah Hough
Married Name: Deborah Moggach
DM 's literary career dates from the 1970s. By 2004 she had produced fifteen novels, a number of television screenplays, and two volumes of short stories, besides her journalistic output (reviews, essays, interviews). Her novels typically concern themselves with ordinary families whose lives fissure and fracture under pressure from some unexpected event. (She says: I like setting up a seemingly happy family and then planting a stick of dynamite in the corner of the room. Light the touch paper and watch what happens.)
Moggach, Deborah. “Autobiography”. Deborah Moggach: About Deborah.
Yet often some kind of restoration, perhaps in radically altered form, provides a kind of happy resolution. She often writes about the moral and emotional implications of some issue in the news, like child abuse or surrogate motherhood: the loss of children, interpreted in various different ways, is one of her favourite subjects. Yet nothing could be less like a simple case study than the resulting novels.
Photo of Deborah Moggach in conversation with Antonia Byatt during day one of the London Book Fair at Kensington            Olympia
"Deborah Moggach" by Sam Mellish, 2012-12-12. Retrieved from This image is licensed under the GETTY IMAGES CONTENT LICENCE AGREEMENT.


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Reception Jane Austen
Austen's newsworthiness means that those within the circle of her admirers are constantly regaled with stories of how she appears to those outside. In spring 2006 the novelist Deborah Moggach (scriptwriter for the film of...
Textual Production Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice has been many times adapted for the theatre and for the large and small screens. Both A. A. Milne and the Australian dramatist Helen Jerome produced stage versions during the 1930s, and...
Textual Production Kamila Shamsie
Other contributors included Deborah Moggach , Gillian Slovo , and Alice Walker .


Summer 2005
An installation by Giancarlo Neri entitled The Writer was erected on Hampstead Heath. It takes the form of a gigantic, empty table and chair, which the sculptor calls a monument to the loneliness of...