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The Giver of Stars: The spellbinding love story from the author of the global phenomenon Me Before You Paperback – 23 July 2020

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HER BEST NOVEL YETThe Times

Inspiring and wildly romanticDaily Mail Books of the Year

Utterly enchanting Mail on Sunday

An entertaining, immersive and moving read. The Giver of Stars is rip-roaring popular fiction . . . but it is also a novel that celebrates education, intellectual curiosity and, above all, books and the knowledge, comfort, company and power that they can bring. Moyes shines a light on a historic footnote to pay tribute to women's work, endurance and female solidarity ― The Sunday Times

For years I've been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. It's such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together, especially for these women who are completely bonded by their love of literature ― Reese Witherspoon

A genuinely entertaining book that's a perfect gift for people who need some escape from the everyday and just want to be absorbed in a really cracking story. Set in rural America in the 1930s, it's got a band of feisty characters who are funny and sweet with contemporary resonances to boot ― The best books to give this Christmas, Stylist

With characters so real they feel like dear friends and a compelling storyline, this is a beautiful, special novel. I loved it and didn't want it to end!Liane Moriarty

What a wonderful novel. The Giver of Stars is the most sweeping, dramatic, richly evocative book, full of brilliantly feisty women. I whipped through the pages, utterly agog, pretty much feeling as though I was on a horse in 1930s Kentucky myself ― Sophie Kinsella

EpicDavid Nicholls, bestselling author of One Day

Timeless, Jojo Moyes' greatest work yet, and one of the most exquisitely-written - and absolutely compulsory - novels about women ever told. Brilliant and perfect and will remind you of why you read; even of why you breatheLisa Taddeo, bestselling author of Three Women

Purest joy - even as it cheerfully breaks your heart. A go-get-em adventure about E Roosevelt's horseback librarians, it celebrates female friendship and the power of booksDamian Barr

Both a love letter to reading and a hymn to female friendship, this is a tale packed full of romance, tension, and brilliantly drawn characters. Pure pleasureSunday Mirror

I loved this dashing adventure set in 1930s Kentucky, America. Intensely moving and crammed with romance and emotion, this is a full-pack-of-tissues novel. ― Sun

Based on a true story of the real Horseback Librarians of Kentucky this was a truly joyous and divine read. The rich, determined, extraordinary characters consumed me. The history, the setting; everything about this glorious book is superbNina Potell, Prima

Dipped into this on Saturday and then simply couldn't put it down. Superb characters, great story and sense of place. For me, her best yet. And I wept buckets over Me Before You! ― Fanny Blake

Touching on the still-burning issues of control, violence, poverty and racism, Moyes has created a rollicking story that's perfect for long autumn nights. Enjoy . . . Stylist

Misfit women rule in a beguiling tale of unlikely love. Moyes writes with warmth and intelligence . . . the most appealing thing about The Giver of Stars, however, is her wonderful way with romance. Delightful The Times

This blisteringly good novel is one to add to your basket quick smartFabulous, Sun

Her best yetBookseller

Jojo's characterisation is so vivid, and the insight into the gender and race discrimination of the 1930s is truly eye openingClare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go

Her best book yet. It's a romance - but about female friends, the outdoors and the magic of readingGrazia

Moyes' best yet . . . A stonker of a read. Laced with humour and heartache, it's addictiveSunday Post

While her novel is set in the midst of the Great Depression, Moyes crafts a tale that's remarkably contemporary. Moyes depicts the courage and resourcefulness of these women in loving detail. A tribute not just to the brave women who brought the light of knowledge in dark times, but also to the rejuvenating bond of women's friendship.Daily Mail

It's an extraordinary story. This is the best thing she has written since Me Before You. Moyes writes with gusto and compassionMetro

Based on a true story, this poignant novel is a celebration of strong women and friendship. With a fast-paced plot and intricate characters, fans of Moyes won't be disappointedHeat

She's done it again! Joyous. I loved this adventure story for girls for its plucky female characters and wonderful writingGood Housekeeping, Books of the Year

An inspiring, romantic tribute to female friendship and the power of booksWoman's Own

As passionate about challenging gender stereotypes as it is enthralling in narrative sweepi

Explores the interconnected lives of five women with honesty and hilarityCosmopolitan

With strong, memorable female characters and a sprinkling of men who can make a 'heart flutter like a clean sheet on a long line.' The Giver of Stars is a celebration of love, but also of reading, of knowledge, of female friendship . . . inspiringWashington Post

The Giver of Stars is the story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond . . . a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passionSheerLuxe

Uplifting. One of Me Before You author Moyes's best novelsThe Mail on Sunday

A heart-wrenching love story, a nail-biting legal drama and a beautiful study of female friendshipDaily Mail

Jojo Moyes is on dazzling formSunday Express

This big-hearted tale will stay in your head long after you have finished reading itIndependent

Moyes's book delivers evocative descriptions of the Kentucky landscape and rich historical detail. But it is in her compassionate portrayal of well-drawn characters that the novel's greatest strength lies ― Hannah Beckerman, Observer

Escapism in the form of adventure and sisterhood. This is a novel with real depth and feeling and touches on worker's rights, racism, environmentalism and education ― i

This tribute to female friendship and the joy of books is a compelling readWoman's Weekly

A captivating tale of love, friendship and self-actualisation People

Escapism in the form of adventure and sisterhood. A novel with real depth and feeling. EmpoweringPress Association

An exploration of people's cruelty and also their kindness -- Ruth Junes ― Good Housekeeping

The author of Me Before You pulls off a cracker with this stirring, exciting adventure story inspired by true events, in depression-era Kentucky, women find freedom and friendship by joining a brigade of horseback librarians ― Best

Jojo Moyes is back with another page turner. Inspired by a remarkable true story, The Giver of Stars features five incredible women who will prove to be every bit as beloved as Lou Clark, the unforgettable heroine of Me Before YouStellar

Joyous. Pucky female characters and wonderful writing. This is her bestGood Housekeeping

About five extraordinary women in 1920s Kentucky, who worked on horseback as travelling librarians ― Woman & Home

An enthralling read based on a true storyMy Weekly Special Series

One to get lost in. Escape with this book and follow the story of five women who are embarking on a powerful journey - and refuse to obey any man's commands! No. 1 Magazine, Books to cosy up with this winter

A brand-new page-turner . . . based on a true story and tracks five feisty women living in America during the Great Depression ― That's Life

Jojo Moyes is back with this tale based on the real-life horseback librarians of Kentucky ― Hello!

Took me to the mountains of depression-era Kentucky where brave women librarians risked all to deliver books on horseback ― Damian Barr, Big Issue Books of the Year

Celebrates the world of books . . . A fictional yarn about a quintet of extraordinary intrepid women from disparate backgrounds ― RTE Guide

From the very first page, I was drawn into the world and the characters that Jojo Moyes has so carefully created ― Health & Wellbeing

A fabulous adventure storyBest

Praise for Jojo Moyes-

Moyes somehow manages to break your heart before restoring your faith in love ― Sunday Express

Raw, funny, real and sad, this is storytelling at its best ― Marie Claire

Immensely readable and enjoyable ― Sunday Times

This truly beautiful story made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby - you simply have to read it ― Closer

Wonderfully written and completely engrossing, with exquisitely drawn characters in a brilliantly plotted narrative ― Daily Mail

A heart-stopping read. Destined to be the novel that friends press upon each other ― Independent on Sunday

Britain's best contemporary female author ― Sun on Sunday

The storytelling treads the delicate balance between heartbreak and hope perfectly ― Good Housekeeping

A triumph ― Heat

A tender, funny and hopeful look at love, grief and life. Bumper box of tissues required ― Stylist

Joyful, with a pitch-perfect ending ― Daily Express

Julia Whelan is perfect as Alice Wright ― The Times, Pick of the Audiobooks

Concentrates on sisterhood and friendship ― Scotsman, Best books to give this Christmas

A sweeping story of female friendship with a dash of romance, set in 1930s Kentucky ― Daily Express

Her writing is beautiful and whimsical with unique storylines ― Liv Arnold, author of Etched in Stone

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and journalist. Her books include the bestsellers Me Before You, After You and Still Me, The Girl You Left Behind, The One Plus One and her short story collection Paris for One and Other Stories. The Giver of Stars is her most recent bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick. Her novels have been translated into forty-six languages, have hit the number one spot in twelve countries and have sold over thirty-eight million copies worldwide.

Me Before You has now sold over fourteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. Jojo lives in Essex with her family.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin (23 July 2020)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 448 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 071818324X
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0718183240
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 11.1 x 2.7 x 18.1 cm
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Jojo Moyes is a British novelist.

Moyes studied at Royal Holloway, University of London. She won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper to study journalism at City University and subsequently worked for The Independent for 10 years. In 2001 she became a full time novelist.

Moyes' novel Foreign Fruit won the Romantic Novelists' Association (RNA) Romantic Novel of the Year in 2004.

She is married to journalist Charles Arthur and has three children.

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Alice married to get away from her life in England, only to find herself in a cold relationship in America far from everything that she knows and understands, until one day she volunteers to join the newly established 'travelling library'. Here she finds the oddballs of her small town and they form an unlikely friendship group; their library opens a new world and a appreciation of reading to the children of the town and the people living in the surrounding area.
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