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The Black Dress

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22nd July 2021

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781472260512

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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?

‘She really is the Nora Ephron of North London’ Clare Chambers, author of Small Pleasures

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 – 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. She’s gone to the wrong service. Everyone was very welcoming, it was 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?

‘I love clever books that make me laugh. Deborah Moggach, queen of social comedy, is on top form. Superb’ Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of The Last Act of Love and Everyone is Still Alive

‘Full of warmth and humour, as well as blistering truths’ Daily Mirror

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Philippa Perry
Moggach is always funny, perceptive and very contemporary
Daily Mirror
Perceptive and devastating
Daily Express
With dry wit and observation, Moggach tackles the perils of ageing with brutal honesty
Mel Giedroyc
Princess of the deliciously dark
Good Housekeeping
A darkly funny novel about betrayal, loneliness and the surprising pleasure of being single again
A delightful black comedy full of later-life misadventures
Daily Mail
As ever with Moggach, the joy is in her witty observations of middle-class life and bracingly tart portrayal of family relationships
The Times
I barked out loud. Not since Freud has sex been more in bed with death. She gets sharper and more mordant with age and about age. Thank goodness. This page-turner is like the best wakes, it will make you feel hungry and alive.
Cathy Rentzenbrink
I love clever books that make me laugh. Deborah Moggach, queen of social comedy, is on top form in The Black Dress. Superb
Clare Chambers
She really is the Nora Ephron of North London. Such a deceptively light touch, and so funny about the indignities of getting old and all our little vanities
Sunday Express
'Moggach tackles the perils of ageing with honesty and wit'
'Both a delicious piece of mischief and a serious exploration of the 'howling loneliness' of the deserted older woman . . . [Moggach is] the most frank, unpretentious writer, always on the side of fun'