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.
As ever with Moggach, the joy is in her witty observations of middle-class life and bracingly tart portrayal of family relationships
With dry wit and observation, Moggach tackles the perils of ageing with brutal honesty
Perceptive and devastating
'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'
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
Moggach is always funny, perceptive and very contemporary
I love clever books that make me laugh. Deborah Moggach, queen of social comedy, is on top form in The Black Dress. Superb
Princess of the deliciously dark
A darkly funny novel about betrayal, loneliness and the surprising pleasure of being single again
A delightful black comedy full of later-life misadventures