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Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes
  

Peacock Emporium

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Jojo shot to fame with the magnificent Sheltering Rain, she won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award with her second book, Foreign Fruit, and this is her third. It’s terrific. They all have a dual time setting, family secrets and romantic undertones and they are all utterly enchanting. This is the 60s and the present and I urge you to wallow in it.

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Synopsis

Peacock Emporium by Jojo Moyes

In the Sixties, Athene Forster is the most glamorous girl of her generation. Nicknamed the Last Deb, she is also beautiful, spoilt and out of control. When she agrees to marry dashing young heir Douglas Fairley-Hulme her parents breathe a sigh of relief. But within two years rumours have begun to circulate about Athene's affair with a young salesman. Thirty five years on, Suzanna Peacock is struggling with her glamorous mother's legacy. The only place she finds comfort is in her shop, The Peacock Emporium, a coffee shop-cum-curio store, decorated in her own image, which provides a haven for other misfits in the town. There she makes perhaps the first real friends of her life, including Alejandro, a male midwife, escaping his own ghosts in Argentina. But the spectre of Athene and the shop itself combine to set in place a chain of tragic events, forcing Suzanna to confront the feelings she has disguised for so long - and her family, in their varying ways, finally to deal with the events of the past. And Suzanna discovers the key to her history, and her happiness, may have been in front of her all along.

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Wonderful, romantic and moving. * Daily Mail * Even if the sun isn't shining, this book will make you feel like it is. * Good Housekeeping * A charming and enchanting read. * Company *


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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Publication date

10th January 2008

Author

Jojo Moyes

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Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Hardback
464 pages

Categories

Family Drama
Historical Fiction
eBook Favourites

Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780340960370

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