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The Ship of Brides

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A hugely enjoyable book, a factual account of an aircraft carrier, HMS Victorious, over six weeks transporting 650 wartime brides and 11,000 servicemen from Australia to England. It is difficult to imagine the sheer size of a ship able to carry so many people together with 19 aircraft. The interwoven story amongst the facts of such a journey is brilliantly conceived. Revolving around four of the brides from varying backgrounds and spotted with personal diaries and newspaper snippets, it’s a glorious read on a grand scale. Even better, in my opinion, is her first book, Sheltering Rain.

Comparison: Rosamunde Pilcher, Michelle Paver, Judith Lennox.
Similar this month: None but try Charlotte Bingham and George MacDonald Fraser.

If you like Jojo Moyes you might also like to read books by Anita Shreve, Adele Geras and David Vann.

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The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes

The year is 1946, and all over the world young women are crossing the seas in their thousands en route to the men they married in wartime, and an unknown future.

In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other brides on an extraordinary voyage to England – aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers and men.

Rules of honour, duty, and separation are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier`s Captain down to the lowliest young stoker. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined in ways the Navy could never have imagined.

And Frances Mackenzie – the enigmatic young bride whose past comes back to haunt her thousands of miles from home – will find that sometimes the journey is more important than the destination.


A scintillating novel of friendship, family and love. * Woman & Home * Gloriously entertaining. * Mirror * Wonderfully romantic and moving. * Daily Mail *

About the Author

Jojo Moyes

Jojo Moyes was our Guest Editor in March 2014 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

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.

Me Before You was 2012’s greatest love story – it was Spring 2012’s most popular Richard & Judy pick that went on to be nominated for book of the year at the Galaxy Book Awards. Excitingly, it has since been optioned by MGM and Jojo has been writing the script this summer.

Jojo has spent much of 2013 touring the US and this summer Me Before You went straight in on The New York Times bestseller Top Ten chart. In the UK, appearances this year so far include World Book Night, Hay Literary Festival, The Bookseller Industry Awards and the Orange Women’s Prize.

Her latest 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 show that family comes in all forms and that through hard work and optimism, your happy ending might come true after all.

Author photo © Stine Heilmann

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10th January 2008


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Hodder & Stoughton General Division


Paperback (b Format)
512 pages


Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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