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Heartbreak Hotel

Deborah Moggach

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Published by Chatto & Windus, part of Vintage Publishing

Format: Hardback


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EAN: 9780701187811
Published: 14 Feb 2013


About the book


At Myrtle House, the twin beds have never been so busy...

The irrepressible Russell 'Buffy' Buffery has upped sticks from London and moved to a decrepit B&B in rural Wales. He needs to fill the beds, and what better way than with 'Courses for Divorces', his new money-making wheeze.

Those checking in include: Harold, whose wife has run off with a younger woman; Amy, who's been unexpectedly dumped by her (not-so) weedy boyfriend and Andy, the hypochondriac postman whose girlfriend is much too much for him to handle.

Under Buffy's tutelage, these casualties of the marriage-go-round find themselves re-learning all those skills never thought they'd need again, and a whole lot more besides...

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What the critics say

Another hilarious and heart-warming tale from the author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Marie Claire UK

This warm, funny and generous romp of a novel is a delight
- Independent

Nobody writes as well about the stirrings of elderly loins. This extremely funny novel is set in rural Wales, in the sublime company of Russell ‘Buffy’ Buffery… The joy lies in the delightful characters and the wry, pin-sharp commentary on their shenanigans. Bliss
- The Times

This is a comic performance so footsure it almost tap-dances
- Sunday Times

There’s all the warmth and the humour you’d expect from Moggach, as well as moments of beautifully expressed insight into her lonely hearts
- Observer

An addictive and funny novel: if there is a book more like a Richard Curtis film, you’d be hard-pressed to find it
- Psychologies

Just as exuberant and hilarious as The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Good Housekeeping

An imaginative and empathetic writer, alert to human folly and foibles, Moggach has a talent for the crisp one-liner… Action-packed and feel-good, Heartbreak Hotel is a comedy with an old fashioned moral
- Literary Review

Moggach has been making me chuckle for a generation. But here, as ever, just when you think she’s descending into pure farce, there are genuinely touching moments. It’s this combination of pathos and laugh-out-loud comedy that remains her trademark
- Reader's Digest

This is a funny book… Does provide a comforting read with some real laughs thrown in
- Daily Telegraph

Another winner from the writer of the novel that became The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
- Candis

Fun, cheerful and very hard to put down, I can't wait for this book to be adapted into a television series... A great gift for Mother's Day, if you like Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, you will definitely enjoy this entertaining new book
- Sixtyplussurfers

Hilarious and touching
- Woman and Home

One of our sharpest-eyed chroniclers of the battle of the sexes
- Saga

Best Exotic: She writes beautifully... Brilliant
- Sunday Telegraph

Best Exotic: Delightful and entertaining
- Mail on Sunday

Best Exotic: A glorious romp that will inspire roars of recognition
- Sunday Express

Best Exotic: Warm, wise, funny
- The Guardian

Moggach finds humour, warmth and pathos in every detail
- The Simple Things

A hilarious romp that showcases Moggach’s loving understanding of human foibles and which you will finish reading feeling a whole lot better about yourself
- Red Online

Deborah Moggach has the uncanny knack of getting beneath the skin of contemporary life… Moggach’s glorious sense of humour, the ease with which she inhabits her characters and her affections for them are apparent on every page. No wonder this astute and funny exploration of love and longing is being adapted for television
- Sunday Express

Just as Moggach’s These Foolish Things was a lot less saccharine than the film they made of it, so Myrtle House is no Marigold Hotel. So both books are informed by their author's witty and bathetic style, and her unflinching eye for human frailty: as someone says, we don’t know if we’re in a Ayckbourn farce or a Strindberg tragedy
- Independent on Sunday

Heartbreak Hotel is a sweet novel that dispenses its home truths gently and humorously. Best of all, Moggach devises a sly, utterly satisfactory ending. If only more authors understood that a novel isn’t finished just because you’ve typed 'The End'
- Scotsman

Funny and touching with a host of characters you really care about
- Woman

Witty, poignant and ideal entertainment for a Saturday afternoon
- Press Association

A pleasing read with well-drawn characters leaping off the page
- Express

Moggach’s 17th tale will delight her legion of fans. Wise, warm and funny… Settle down and enjoy
- Belfast Telegraph

A good read - enjoy!
- WI Life

Witty, poignant and ideal entertainment for a Sunday afternoon’
- Women's Way

An uplifting tale, rooted in bohemian values
- Mail on Sunday

About the Author

Deborah Moggach is the author of many successful novels including Tulip Fever and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, which was made into a top-grossing film starring Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Maggie Smith. Her screenplays include the film of Pride and Prejudice, which was nominated for a BAFTA. She lives in North London.

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