Goodnight Om Puri

January 6th, 2017

RIP dear friend. I know you’re going to give another outstanding performance in your next role.


A New Start

November 4th, 2016

No matter what stage in life you are in, you have to fight to stay fresh and challenged and embracing life, for all its worth. I am trying. Hope you are as well.img_3411

Defying the Terror

November 19th, 2015

UnknownIn this time of angst, when civilization seems so perilous, it is particularly pleasing to celebrate my latest publisher, Zodyak Kitap of Turkey, coming to the fold. I hope the Haji family and Madame Mallory do particularly well in Turkey and Zodyak Kitap is justly rewarded.

2015 Citizen Diplomat of the Year

February 1st, 2015
Richard C. Morais in Kindergarten at ICS, with friend Yuko

Richard C. Morais in Kindergarten at ICS, with friend Yuko

All my writing life, I have quietly tried to find what I have in common with characters far different from who I am and the heritage I was born into. I did this entirely for my own selfish reasons, so I wouldn’t feel so strange and alone in the world, but many years later, it seems the fantasies I explored in the privacy of my writing room have resonated with others.

This week Global Ties U.S., an umbrella group for over 120 non-profits that is helping to “shape U.S. foreign relations by opening avenues for greater understanding and cooperation,” is granting me their highest honor, the 2015 Citizen Diplomat of The Year, an award largely financed by the U.S. State Department.

Why? “Mr. Morais is receiving this award for promoting cross-cultural understanding in all his literary works,” Global Ties U.S. stated in its press announcement.

There have been nine other recipients of this prestigious award so far, including Maya Angelou and Senator J. William Fulbright, so I am sure you can understand why I am deeply moved by this honor.

Palm Springs Film Festival Appearance

November 15th, 2014


Love books and movies? Want to be in balmy Palm Springs in January? Then come join The Power of Words:  Book to Screen, a January 8th, 2015, event that is a new part of the superb Palm Springs International Film Festival. It’s an all day affair of literary panels and movies, discussing how books make it to screen. Among the talent speaking:  Author Mark Bowden and scriptwriter Ken Nolan, on their film Black Hawk Down; and writer Amy Jo Albany and producer Albert Berger on their film Low Down. I’ll be sharing a panel with the fantastic  Kaui Hart Hemmings, author of The Descendants and The Possibilities. A few of the films will be screened on January 7th, the night before the full day symposium.

Come join us. Should be fascinating.

Come Dine With Me

July 24th, 2014



Come dine with me, in my favorite Indian restaurant in New York, proceeds to go to the wonderful homeless charity BRC, with a signed book and film poster thrown into the pot. To bid for the meal, please go to

The Hundred-Foot Journey Club

January 20th, 2014


“A hundred-foot journey begins in that moment when you bravely drop what is familiar and cross over into a new realm that is far out of your comfort zone. It is a profound journey, however small in physical distance, that materially changes the course of your life for the better.”


That’s the intro to a new club I have created. The idea is simple.

Anyone who has made or dreams of making a hundred-foot journey can join. My goal is to build a community of like-minded people who understand that even the smallest events and initiatives can transform one’s life for the better. If you have a hundred-foot journey story you’d like to share, please write it up or make a short video and send it to me. Every month my team and I will pick the tale we find most moving, and, upon anointing our hundred-foot honoree, will send them a signed copy of The Hundred-Foot Journey book. I look forward to hearing from you.

To learn more or submit your story, visit my new website, The Hundred-Journey Club, and visit our regularly updated page on Facebook.





Pierre Cardin Bio Reissued

December 22nd, 2013


Delighted that my unauthorized biography, Pierre Cardin: The Man Who Became A Label, has been reissued in e-book form. I wrote the book when I was in my 20s, when we lived in London. Published by Bantam Press, it was greeted with critical acclaim when it came out in 1991. Here are some of the reviews from back in the day:

“Richard Morais has an easy, witty style which carries one with panache through the life of a fairly unattractive man. It’s a journalistic style which matches his subject perfectly, but his power of description – the rue de Rivoli in early morning, London’s Teddy Boys in the Fifties – suggests a more sensitive talent searching for fulfillment…. There is extraordinary, often startling information throughout this book, but the pleasure is in the writing. I hope he is working on his second book.” –  Moira Shearer, The Sunday Telegraph

“Morais’ style makes for compulsive reading.” – Sir Ralph Halpern, Sunday Express

“Cardin is undoubtedly one of the world’s most successful businessmen, and how he got there is a fascinating story which Morais tells colorfully and well. It is no hagiography; neither is it a hatchet job. He has caught the essence of the man.”  – Lucia van de Post,Financial Times

“The author’s analytical business mind unraveling of the complexities of this secret empire is the strength of this book, which, in the world of vainglorious fashion biographies stuffed with glossy pictures, is thorough, excellently researched, racy and entertaining.” – Suzy Menkes, International Herald Tribune

“I praise a very efficient piece of journalism…. an astute journalist who has not been seduced by Cardin’s charm…. This excellent book is heady stuff to the aspirant dress designer.” – Sir Hardy Amies, The Daily Telegraph

‘Cardin, an extreme eccentric, has no business organization and operates on total confusion…. The book is full of hilarious tales of mismanagement, and the very weirdness of his life: a homosexual famous for his affair with Jeanne Moreau, a man who talks of himself in the third person, who lives alone with his 90-year-old sister, dresses like a tramp, and can hardly shave, a world of millionaire megalomania worthy of Howard Hughes.” – Adrian Danmatt, The Times

“A controversial new biography.” – Jonathan Cooper, The European

“Morais has a readable, if scurrilous line in gossip: we learn that Jean Cocteau liked to masturbate behind a two-way mirror in a local public sauna and that the fashion designer Balenciaga used a clean linen handkerchief to clean his dog’s bottom during walks.” – Lisa Armstrong, The Independent

“’It was instantaneous. I knew his reputation as a homosexual. I didn’t give a damn,’ Jeanne Moreau said. Paris was amazed and Cardin’s boyfriend André was furious. He threatened suicide and had to be bought off, says Richard Morais, in a well-researched, unauthorized biography…” – Peter Grosvenor, Daily Express

“Packed with wicked gossip, scurrilous anecdotes and mountains of contextual information. …Morais dissects several myths that most of the press are happy to swallow.” – Men’s Wear


Japan Joins the 100-Foot Family

October 21st, 2013

tra_other_img01My new sub-agent in Japan, the famous Tuttle Mori Agency, just held an auction for the rights to The Hundred-Foot Journey. The  winner of the bidding was the Japanese publishing house, Shueisha, which publishes everything from comic books to Proust in Japan.

Kangei – welcome – or 歓迎.

That brings the publishers worldwide of The Hundred-Foot Journey to a robust 25 houses.

Om Puri, Charlotte le Bon Join DreamWorks’ 100-Foot Film Cast

August 10th, 2013

West Is West Premiere - London

The great Indian actor Om Puri was my first choice to play Papa in DreamWorks’ adaption of my novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey. It’s happening. DreamWorks has just confirmed Om Puri will play opposite my ideal Madame Mallory, Dame Helen Mirren. Is that a dream cast or what? Can’t wait to see the sparks fly. Vivement Dimanche - TV Show

And if that isn’t enough chemistry, Charlotte le Bon, the rising French-Canadian actress, is going to play Margaret opposite Manish Dayal’s Hassan. Guiding this powerful pack of actors through the process of making a film will be the always superb director, Lasse Hallstrom – who was also my first choice.

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