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Pierre Cardin Bio Reissued

Sunday, 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



Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Today, my novel, Buddhaland Brooklyn, goes on sale. That follows Sunday’s New York Post review, naming my little book this summer’s “Required Reading.” It has also made the July-August cover of the presitgious American Poetry Review; the punch-above-its-weight literary magazine has excerpted Buddhaland Brooklyn’s entire Chapter Ten. The literary blog, Book Hog, says, “Mr. Morais’ brilliant depiction of his wonderful cast of characters is very true to life….you will love this wonderful story.”

I hope those who enjoyed my first novel, The Hundred-Foot Journey, will give me a second chance, and those that have never read my fiction, will give Buddhaland Brooklyn a test run. Reverend Oda promises to not to waste your valuable time.


First Lit Blogger Weighs in on BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN

Sunday, July 1st, 2012

“You will learn something new (although Mr. Morais explains that his novel is not a doctrinal explanation of Buddhism). You will laugh (Americans in all their crude, crazy glory, can provide great insight and sensitivity). But, most of all, you will love this wonderful story.” Book Hog review of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN, June 30.

When the last page of a book is turned, there is usually another book patiently waiting to be opened at our elbow. Those of us who are professional scribblers feel that way about book criticism. The pages in newspapers devoted to book reviews have sadly been decimated, but in their stead have risen book-adoring lit bloggers, who have filled a critical hole in the all-important literary criticism business. They are, just like with the newspaper business of old, of varying quality – but all share, with their followers, a genuine love of reading. Bless them. They do the nation a great service, keeping the light of literature alive.

This is all a longwinded wind-up to the fact that on the nail-biting eve of BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN‘s July 17 availability, the first lit blogger in America has weighed in on my second novel. It’s Jacki, otherwise known as the Book Hog. Check her out. Please. For the good of America.


Thursday, June 21st, 2012

My Australian publisher, Allen & Unwin, created the eye-catching split cover for The Hundred-Foot Journey that was adopted in the U.S. and the UK and helped turn that book into an international bestseller. The talented artists at Allen & Unwin have once again created an outstanding example of cover art, in my opinion, with this warm and elegant front flap for Buddhaland Brooklyn (see above left). I can honestly say that both the Scribner cover (right) and Allen & Unwin’s efforts, each very different, are very pleasing to my eye. May both houses be rewarded for their efforts.


Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

First wave of readings for BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN are coming in. Here the roll out so far.

Thursday, July 19
7:00 PM
Talk, Reading, Q&A, Signing
1805 Walnut Street
Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Saturday, July 28
2:00 PM EST
Reading, Talk, Q&A, Signing
Milford Historical Society
608 Broad Street
Milford, PA 18337

August Date/Time TBA
Talk, Reading, Q&A, Signing
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Thursday, September 20
7:00 PM CT
Talk, Reading, Q&A, Signing
811 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093

September Date/Time TBA
Market Square
680 N. Western Avenue
Lake Forest, IL 60045

Sunday, October 14
7:00 PM EST
Sunday Night Fiction
85 E. 4th Street
New York, NY 10010

Lunch TBA
Talk, Reading, Q&A, Signing
40 Locust Lane
Bronxville, NY 10708

Buddhaland Brooklyn Literary Endorsement

Friday, May 11th, 2012

“In exquisite prose, Buddhaland Brooklyn illuminates the hearts of wholly different cultures — an isolated Buddhist monastery; bustling New York – and also the universal truths of human life. Reverend Seido Oda’s journey from shut-down, haughty priest to compassionate religious leader is a profoundly moving one making for a complex, beautiful book that lingers in the imagination long after the last line is read.” — Robin Black, author of If I loved you, I would tell you this


Thursday, April 26th, 2012

 Jenne Casarotto, based in London, is one of the world’s top film and theater agents. Casarotto represents the cream of British writing and directing talent through her agency, Casarotto Ramsay  & Associates. Her clients include theatrical lions like Sir David Hare, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Christopher Hampton and the estates of Tennessee Williams and Raold Dahl. Through her agency Casarotto Marsh, Jenne Casarotto supplies the film industry with top behind the scenes tech talent. Six degrees of separation. Casarotto’s affiliate agency in Los Angeles represents the academy award winning costumer designer, Yvonne Blake, who happens to be the sister of Juliet Blake, the talented producer who got my first novel, THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY, into active film production. Such a small world – when you are amongst The Luvvies, as the English call film and theater types.

This is all a very big wind up to say, Jenne Casarotto very rarely takes on books directly, so I am very lucky and privileged she has picked up BUDDHALAND BROOKLYN, my novel about a repressed Buddhist priest getting published by Scribner in the US on July 17. Jenne Casarotto will be representing my novel’s film rights, as co-agent with my primary agent, Richard Pine of InkWell Management.

The last time Casarotto Ramsay and InkWell joined forces like that on a book they produced something called THE DESCENDANTS, the academy award winning film written and directed by one of my all time favorite writer-directors, Alexander Payne, and starring, of course, the always watchable George Clooney.

As Reverend Oda might say, “I see. How interesting.”

Which is, of course, an absolute rave.

In Praise Of Independent Book Stores

Sunday, July 31st, 2011

Now In Independent book stores across the country

Now that Borders has collapsed, sadly taking out a third of book store distribution in America, it is greatly hoped that independent bookstores will be in a stronger position going forward. Need I say such stores add so much character and life to any neighborhood in the country blessed to have one. So please go visit an indie and buy a book, preferably, if you live in the Chicago area, at the literary haven called The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, in Winnetka, Illinois.

Why am I so partial to this particular store and its respected impresario, Roberta Rubin? Very simple. Roberta’s advocacy on behalf of The Hundred-Foot Journey got my book (paperback due out Aug. 9) on the prestigious Indie Next List for the month of August. I look forward to the day I can thank her in person.

In the meantime, please, for the good of your local neighborhood, swing by an independent book store and revel in its warm and learned atmosphere. Such lively stores remain an oasis of pleasure in a parched and uncertain time.

Oprah Taking The Hundred-Foot Journey to the beach.

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

What is it about Oprah that she can even get a grumpy old scribbler to jump on a chair and scream like a teenager?

O, The Oprah Magazine, has just picked The Hundred-Foot Journey as one of its 9 beach books “to love and leave behind (but not in your heart)“.

Britain On The Boil

Friday, May 27th, 2011

On May 16th my UK publisher, Alma Books, launched The Hundred-Foot Journey with the cover that created a best-seller down in Australia and New Zealand. Late yesterday evening my UK publisher, Elisabetta Minervini, sent me an email stating, “We have just sent a reprint order for The Hundred Foot Journey as we have sold out the first print run (just released).”

Ten days to sell through the first print run in the UK?

Pas mal, as the French say.

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