Mary Moody
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Mary Moody

Mary trained as a journalist on Australian Women's Weekly in the late 1960s and spent several years as a reporter and feature writer on various Sydney magazines and newspapers.In the 1970s Mary moved to Leura in the Blue Mountains with her young family, and became a passionate organic gardener. She used her journalistic skills to write and edit more than forty gardening books and magazines, and for ten years she was the NSW presenter on the ABC's top rating show Gardening Australia.In 2000 Mary spent six months living alone in a small room in a medieval town in southwest France. At the end of her sabbatical she bought a nearby village house that she still visits every year. She wrote four memoirs about her experiences as an Australian woman living part time in France, as well as a cookbook and several new gardening books.Mary's passions are still family, food, gardening and travel. She leads tours in France and the Himalayas and has written a book and made a film on a local rural French restaurant, 'Lunch with Madame Murat', for the SBS Network.After the death of her husband David Hannay in 2014, Mary sold the farm where they had lived for 15 years and moved back to the Mountains where she is developing a large garden in an extended family home with her son Ethan, his partner Lynne and their three children. She now has eleven grandchildren.

Books by Mary Moody

Mary Moody Articles

I had to Make a New Life for Myself. A Different Life: Q&A with Mary Moody, Author of The Accidental Tour Guide

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8 October 2019

I had to Make a New Life for Myself. A Different Life: Q&A with Mary Moody, Author of The Accidental Tour Guide

    Beautifully Written, Incredibly Moving: Read an Extract from Mary Moody’s, The Accidental Tour Guide

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    8 October 2019

    Beautifully Written, Incredibly Moving: Read an Extract from Mary Moody’s, The Accidental Tour Guide

      A Heartbreaking, Hopeful and Very Empowering Memoir: Read a Review of Mary Moody's, The Accidental Tour Guide

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      8 October 2019

      A Heartbreaking, Hopeful and Very Empowering Memoir: Read a Review of Mary Moody's, The Accidental Tour Guide