Emotional and absorbing fiction from an international bestseller
Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include Me Before You, The Girl You Left Behind, The Ship of Brides, Foreign Fruit, and The Last Letter from Your Lover. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.
Her new novel The One Plus One is in the same vein of Me Before You – an unconventional love story with a dilemma at its heart. It has a cast of wonderful characters and shows that family comes in all forms and that through hard work and optimism, your happy ending might come true after all.
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Not strictly a book, but we can cheat: The Bunty Annual. And the comic, and several other comics: Jinty, The Beano, Dandy. Every week, aged seven or eight I would walk to the corner shop and buy my week's reading matter. My mother had a theory that she didn't care what I read as long as I read, and my love of reading began with comics.
Friday's Tunnel by John Verney
This book had a female protagonist, the eponymous Friday, who fought with her brothers, rode her pony, and got into death defying adventures that involved tunnels, nuclear physics and the protection of the nation, while grumbling and wondering what was for tea. She was the first female heroine I read who DID things, and I fell in love with her. Now out of print, I have bought several copies for my children (who of course do not love it half as much as I did)
Teach Yourself Typing by Pitman's College
It's not fiction, no. But it's probably had more impact on my life than any novel. Unemployed, I set out to teach myself to type, and did it, using an old typewriter I'd bought from my first employer and this book, key by key. It got me one of my first jobs as a marketing assistant, and has since then proved invaluable in a 10 year journalistic career, and now in the writing of books.
Behind The Scenes At The Museum by Kate Atkinson
I would, frankly, read Kate Atkinson's shopping list. This was the first book which really made me understand the importance of 'voice'. She's a writer who inspires as she's brave, and inventive, and you never know where her novels are going to go next, all too rare a trait, in my opinion.
How To Be A Woman by Caitlin Moran
It's a tricky job, bringing up teenagers. And when my daughter hit 14 I gave her Moran's bestselling book, which addresses many of the issues young women face, but does so with humour and warmth, and without making men the enemy. She read it, had her mind blown, and promptly wrote Caitlin a four page fan letter. I wish all girls would read it.
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