Mary’s latest memoir, Sweet Surrender, was released in May 2009. Surrendering… to the process of ageing, to the pull of family, the influence of her parents, her husband and children who have shaped the person she now is.
Rights sold: Australia/New Zealand (Pan Macmillan Australia)
Over a decade ago, Mary left her family and her busy Australian life behind for a six month break away from it all in France, buying a dilapitated house in the small village of Frayssinet-le-Gélat in the Lot region. She turned the experience into a personal memoir titled Au Revoir which was released in 2001 by Pan Macmillan.
Mary and her husband David had lived in a beautiful old house in the Blue Mountains for over twenty years. Returning to Australia, she realised that farming was one thing she had always wanted to do. She and David discovered Yetholme, a beautiful old Federation house set on 28 acres near Orange, some 500 kilometers to the west of Sydney, and saw the potential to set up a French-style farm complete with potager garden and goose and duck breeding. So that took care of Australia.
But there was still France, with memories of wonderful times she’d had and a house waiting to be renovated. And a sister that she had not seen for over thirty years who has come back into her life as a result of the publication of Au Revoir.
What resulted was the best-selling Last Tango in Toulouse, a moving, tender and at times hilarious account of farming and houses, marriage, lovers, and glorious, glorious food, and then the final part of her memoir, Long Hot Summer, which was released in 2005.
This was followed by a beautifully photo-illustrated book titled Lunch at Madame Murat’s (Pan Macmillan), a celebration of the local restaurant managed by Madame Murat in Frayssinet-le-Gélat.
Mary Moody is a prolific and popular gardening author, memoirist and television presenter.