Posts Tagged With: Deborah Moggach

Seesaw by Deborah Moggach

Blurb from the back of the book;

Take an ordinary, well-off family like the Prices. Watch what happens when one Sunday seventeen-year old Hannah disappears without a trace. See how the family rallies when a ransome note demands half a million pounds for Hannah,s safe return.

But it’s when Hannah comes home that the story really begins.

Now observe what happens to a family when they lose their house, their status, all their wealth. Note how they disintegrate under the pressures of guilt and poverty and are forced to confront their true selves.

And wait to hear about Hannah, who has the most shocking surprise in store of all.

I have read Deborah Moggach in the long distant past and watched some of her TV work too so this book caught my eye in the second hand shop. I really enjoyed reading this book made better for me as I am familiar with the location of Stanmore and some of the other places in the book.
The story is about a wealthy and successful family whose eldest daughter is kidnapped and ransomed for money. The personal and financial repercussions are devastating but it is the detailed characters and their responses to their circumstances which hold the readers attention. In a bizzare turn of events by the end of the book I was rooting for Hannah and one of her kidnappers Jon to end up together and live happily ever after! Great writing and a thoroughly good read.

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These Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach

These Foolish Things starts off in the UK with the story of Ravi. An overworked hospital doctor who is frustrated to have his father-in-law, Norman, living with him and his wife Pauline. A meeting with a cousin ends with them going into partnership together, running a ‘hotel’ for permanent elderly residents in Bangalore.

Ravi pursuades Norman to take up a place by telling him that he’ll get lots of sex there, and Norman, being a dirty old man, jumps at the chance!

We then ‘meet’ the other people who are to make up the rest of the residents and the story quickly moves to India.

It’s a sweet story – mainly about how the older people ‘find themselves’ whilst living in India. Not all of them live happily ever after!

It is a fairly easy read and is quite though-provoking.

Reviewed by Janet

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