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Jodi Picoult - Author

About the Author

Jodi Picoult was our Guest Editor in January 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Jodi Picoult is the author of twenty-one internationally bestselling novels, including My Sister's Keeper, House Rules and The Storyteller, and has also co-written two YA books with her daughter Samantha van Leer, Between the Lines and Off the Page. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children.

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Featured books by Jodi Picoult

Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/11/2013

Luke Warren would sleep in the dirt if it meant he could be under the stars. He lives by the laws of nature, and would surely want to die that way. But Luke is in a coma, and his family must make an unbearable decision. As tensions and secrets rise to the surface, the tragic accident which brought them back together against the odds could well tear Luke's family apart forever. They know Luke would not want to live like this. But how can they choose to let him die?

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Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/02/2012

When Luke Warren is involved in a car accident which leaves him in a coma, his family are gathered together against the odds; they face an impossible dilemma. His daughter Cara is praying for a miracle: she will fight everything and everyone to save her father's life. His son Edward can't imagine that a man who once ran with wolves could ever be happy with a different life. But Edward hasn't spoken to Luke for six years. How can he dare to speak on his father's behalf? Somehow, they must choose: Do they keep Luke alive? Or do they let him go?

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Other books by Jodi Picoult

Off the Page

Off the Page

Author: Jodi Picoult, Samantha Van Leer Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2015

An enchanting YA novel from Number One bestselling author Jodi Picoult, co-written with her teenage daughter. Meant for each other . . . Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. It's a miracle that seems perfect at first - but there are complications. To exist in Delilah's world, Oliver must take the place of a regular boy. Enter Edgar, who agrees to play Oliver's role in the pages of Delilah's favorite book. But just when it seems that the plan will work, everything gets turned upside down. In this multilayered universe, the line between what's on the page and what's possible is blurred. Is there a way for everyone to live happily ever after? OFF THE PAGE is a stand-alone novel as well as the sequel to the authors' bestseller BETWEEN THE LINES, and is perfect for readers looking for a fairytale ending.

Leaving Time

Leaving Time

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2014

Throughout her blockbuster career, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that ';not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us' (The Boston Globe). Now, in her highly anticipated new book, she has delivered her most affecting novel yetand one unlike anything she's written before.For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe that she would be abandoned as a young child, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alice's old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mother's whereabouts.Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest. The first is Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing personsonly to later doubt her gifts. The second is Virgil Stanhope, a jaded private detective who originally investigated Alice's case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, they'll have to face even harder answers.As Jenna's memories dovetail with the events in her mother's journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers.';The Elephant' from NATURAL HISTORY by Dan Chiasson, copyright 2005 by Dan Chiasson. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved.Praise for Jodi Picoult';Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.'Stephen King';It's hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.'Financial Times';Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships.'The Boston Globe';Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling.'Associated Press

Where There's Smoke (Short Story) and Larger Than Life (Novella)

Where There's Smoke (Short Story) and Larger Than Life (Novella)

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2014

Where There's Smoke:Bestselling author Jodi Picoult is a masterful storyteller, who ';writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships' (The Boston Globe). Now, in this original short story, Picoult introduces Serenity Jones, one of the fascinating characters from her eagerly awaited new novel,Leaving Time.Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she's an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have passed. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts. When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damageto both her reputation and her showSerenity finds that pride comes at a high price.Larger Than Life:From Jodi Picoult, #1New York Timesbestselling author ofThe StorytellerandMy Sister's Keeper,comes a gripping and beautifully written novella. Set in the wilds of Africa,Larger Than Lifeintroduces Alice, the unforgettable character at the center of Picoult's anticipated new novel,Leaving Time.A researcher studying memory in elephants, Alice is fascinated by the bonds between mother and calfthe mother's powerful protective instincts and her newborn's unwavering loyalty. Living on a game reserve in Botswana, Alice is able to view the animals in their natural habitatwhile following an important rule: She must only observe and never interfere. Then she finds an orphaned young elephant in the bush and cannot bear to leave the helpless baby behind. Thinking back on her own childhood, and on her shifting relationship with her mother, Alice risks her career to care for the calf. Yet what she comes to understand is the depth of a parent's love.

Larger Than Life (Novella)

Larger Than Life (Novella)

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2014

From Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and My Sister's Keeper, comes a gripping and beautifully written novella, now available exclusively as an eBook. Set in the wilds of Africa, Larger Than Life introduces Alice, the unforgettable character at the center of Picoult's anticipated new novel, Leaving Time. A researcher studying memory in elephants, Alice is fascinated by the bonds between mother and calfthe mother's powerful protective instincts and her newborn's unwavering loyalty. Living on a game reserve in Botswana, Alice is able to view the animals in their natural habitatwhile following an important rule: She must only observe and never interfere. Then she finds an orphaned young elephant in the bush and cannot bear to leave the helpless baby behind. Thinking back on her own childhood, and on her shifting relationship with her mother, Alice risks her career to care for the calf. Yet what she comes to understand is the depth of a parent's love. Praise for Jodi Picoult ';Picoult is a skilled wordsmith, and she beautifully creates situations that not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us.'The Boston Globe ';Picoult is a rare writer who delivers book after book, a winning combination of the literary and the commercial.'Entertainment Weekly ';Jodi Picoult's novels do not gather dust on the bedside table. They are gobbled up quickly and the readers want more.'Los Angeles Times

Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 04/08/2014

From Jodi Picoult, #1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and My Sister's Keeper, comes a gripping and beautifully written novella, now available exclusively as an eBook. Larger Than Life introduces Alice, the unforgettable character at the centre of Picoult's much anticipated new novel, Leaving Time. Alice is a researcher studying memory in elephants, and is fascinated by the bonds between mother and calf - the mother's powerful protective instincts and her newborn's unwavering loyalty. Living on a game reserve in Botswana, Alice is able to view the animals in their natural habitat, as long as she obeys one important rule: she must only observe and never interfere.Then she finds an orphaned young elephant in the bush and cannot bear to leave the helpless baby behind. Alice will risk her career to care for the calf. Yet what she comes to understand is the depth of a parent's love.

Larger Than Life

Larger Than Life

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 23/07/2014

Alice Metcalf is unlucky in love and was fired from her last job. She is on a tenuous footing in her current one, and has just received the worst news of her life. But when she comes across a family of elephants, killed for their ivory, she can't abandon the surviving calf. Trying to hide a hundred-pound baby elephant in her camp may be difficult, but Alice is ready to break all the rules to save the one life she can.A haunting, beautifully told prequel to Jodi's upcoming novel Leaving Time.Bonus content - includes the first chapter of Jodi Picoult's next bestseller Leaving Time. Leaving Time will be published in October 2014. Available for pre-order now!

Where There's Smoke: A Short Story

Where There's Smoke: A Short Story

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 19/05/2014

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult is a masterful storyteller, who ';writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships' (The Boston Globe). Now, in this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Picoult introduces Serenity Jones, one of the fascinating characters from her eagerly awaited new novel, Leaving Time. Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she's an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have passed. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts. When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damageto both her reputation and her showSerenity finds that pride comes at a high price. Praise for Jodi Picoult ';Picoult is a rare writer who delivers, book after book, a winning combination of the literary and the commercial.'Entertainment Weekly ';Picoult is a solid, lively storyteller.'The New York Times ';If Picoult were a general, she would be Patton; if a sports franchise, the New York Yankees; if a natural phenomenon, the sunrise.'Tampa Tribune

Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 19/05/2014

Bestselling author Jodi Picoult is 'a master of her craft' (Daily Telegraph) who writes 'elegant, spare prose with the punch of a populist thriller' (Elle). In this original short story, available exclusively as an eBook, Picoult introduces Serenity Jones, one of the fascinating characters from her eagerly awaited new novel, Leaving Time.Even as a child, Serenity Jones knew she possessed unusual psychic gifts. Now, decades later, she's an acclaimed medium and host of her own widely viewed TV show, where she delivers messages to the living from loved ones who have died. Lately, though, her efforts to boost ratings and garner fame have compromised her clairvoyant instincts.When Serenity books a young war widow to appear as a guest, the episode quickly unravels, stirring up a troubling controversy. And as she tries to undo the damage - to both her reputation and her show - Serenity finds that pride comes at a high price.

Where There's Smoke

Where There's Smoke

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: eBook Release Date: 23/04/2014

Serenity Jones has it all - a chateau in France, Louboutin shoes, invitations to A-list parties and a wildly successful talk-show with a three year waiting list of people dying to come on. Which doesn't include those who are already dead. Because Serenity also has a gift. She can see and hear people who have died, and this talent has taken her from living on Campbell's soup to being the psychic to the stars. And even though she's got a pyromaniac poltergeist following her around, and a Senator with a missing child, Serenity's got her sights set on an Emmy. Be careful what you wish for.Features a sample chapter of Jodi Picoult's bestseller LEAVING TIME.

Handle with Care

Handle with Care

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2014

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER 'Superb, many stranded and grimly topical' The Times Five years ago, Charlotte O'Keefe had everything she could want: a loving husband, a wonderful daughter and another child on the way. But when Willow was born with brittle bone disease, this perfect life shattered before her eyes. Now, as the years have gone by and the costs to care for Willow have mounted up, the family has begun to falter under the pressure of caring for their sick child. In Charlotte's eyes, only one person could have stopped this from happening: Piper, her obstetrician and best friend, who didn't advise Charlotte that she might want to terminate the pregnancy. Now, as she stands in court, she must defend the unthinkable. That she would have chosen for her daughter to not be born. International bestselling author Jodi Picoult explores the complexities of a mother's love in this topical and emotional bestseller.

Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2013

THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLER When Mariah White catches her husband with another woman, her life starts to fall apart. And when her daughter, Faith, begins to confide in an imaginary friend, Mariah's own brush with insanity starts to take on a darker meaning. Then Faith appears to start performing miracles, and all at once the situation is spiralling beyond Mariah's control. Is Faith truly seeing God? Or is she just a troubled young girl seeking refuge from her parents' divorce? When it comes to matters of faith, it's hard to know who to believe . . .

Mercy

Mercy

Author: Jodi Picoult Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 21/11/2013

THE INTERNATIONALLY BESTSELLING AUTHOR 'We defy you not to be gripped' Glamour As police chief of a small town, Cameron McDonald makes the toughest arrest of his life when his own cousin Jamie comes to him and confesses outright that he has killed his terminally ill wife. But was it murder, or mercy? It's a question that will divide the town as a heated murder trial blazes on, forcing them to face the hardest questions of the heart: when does love cross the line of moral obligation? And what does it mean to truly love another?