The Black Dress

The Black Dress

Hardback Published on: 22/07/2021
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The Black Dress
A television friendly melodrama
This is a real melodrama of a book. Prudence's husband has just left her and her cosy existence in Muswell Hill is shattered. There's only her friend,the B... READ MORE
Tracey McHardy


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? 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 - picnicking on the beach with small children, laughing together, 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 doesn't sound like the friend Pru knew. And it isn't. She's gone to the wrong service. Everyone was very welcoming, it was - oddly - a laugh, and 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?

  • Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
  • ISBN: 9781472260529
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 480g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 156 x 34 mm

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The Black Dress
Entertaining and original
4-5 stars When Pru sees the black dress in the window of a charity shop in Deal she views it as a metaphor for her life. She’s mourning the loss of her ma... READ MORE
Celia Short
The Black Dress
A moving, poignant and witty novel.
Do you have a little black dress? Could it tell a story? Pru’s black dress could. Quite suddenly and unexpectantly, Pru’s husband leaves her. She did not ... READ MORE
Milton of Campsie  Annie
The Black Dress
The Black Dress by Deborah Moggach
The Black Dress by Deborah Moggach is a very entertaining read especially for the older readers. It is about how love and hate change as we get older and h... READ MORE
Christine Rennie
The Black Dress
A book of two halves
This is the first Deborah Moggach book I've read and I'm not in a rush to try another. From the description on the cover I expected a darkly comic tale ab... READ MORE
Lucy Jones
The Black Dress
Pru suddenly finds herself alone when her husband decides, after a cancer scare, to shed his possessions and start his spiritual journey. Can a black dress... READ MORE
The Black Dress
Our book club was given copies in exchange for an honest review. I was excited to read The Black Dress, I was intrigued by the plot and hoped the story w... READ MORE
Hannah Woggle
The Black Dress
Lost The Plot
I was so looking forward to this book as it sounded so good. I think it had real potential and could have been made into a wonderfully funny movie. The ref... READ MORE
Wendy Howl
The Black Dress
funny and memorable
This was a good read although I was slightly disappointed that COVID took over the story but I assume this also happened to the author. I have to admit th... READ MORE
Paula Truman
The Black Dress
Perhaps better suited to the big screen!
Moggach might have been better writing `The Little Black Dress` for the screen - she has clearly lost the way with holding her readers attention with colou... READ MORE
Michelle Clare
The Black Dress
A contemporary tale of an unreliable narrator telling of her surprising later life
Pru is the narrator of a contemporary story of relationships, memories and several surprises. As a narrator she is perhaps a little unreliable, and she is ... READ MORE
The Black Dress
A plot intended to leave readers with whiplash!
I felt that this plot, whilst initially enticing, disintegrated into a series of instances that were no longer coherent. The character 'development' was la... READ MORE
Vanessa Davies
The Black Dress
First Class
I have long been a fan of Deborah Moggach and I grabbed the chance to read her latest novel with great enthusiasm and eagerness. I have hungrily devoured a... READ MORE
Bridget East
The Black Dress
Funny, poignant, full of unexpected twists and turns
These days I read less than I used to (not sure why) however there was something about the premise of this book -older widow seeks companionship, and an in... READ MORE
bob broad
The Black Dress
Is it all about the dress?
They say 'it's all about the dress? Dress for the occasion they tell you... Good read, heart breaking in places but also witty. Good story, certainly worth... READ MORE
Fiona Sharp