JoJo Moyes

Join us on a voyage of discovery, reading a different author each month as we celebrate 12 great authors this year. This month’s featured author is no other then Pauline Sara Jo Moyes, better known for her pen name JoJo Moyes. Her first novel, Sheltering Rain, was published in 2002 and she’s since published another 14 books – many of which has become bestsellers. She’s also one of few authors who have won the Romantic Novelist of the Year Award twice, once in 2003 with the novel Foreign Fruit and again in 2011 for The Last Letter From Your Lover.

Her characters are often those on the edge of society, who don’t quite fit in to their surroundings. She says that she is intrigued by these people and finds those not living a gilded life far more interesting to write about. This makes her work more accessible to everyone as we’ve all felt a little on the sidelines at times

In 2018 she made the news as she stepped in and saved the Reading Agency’s Quick Reads scheme by donated enough funding to allow it to run for a further three years. She has also promised to help them find further funding from other sources in the future.

Quick Reads are aimed at the one-in-six adults in the UK with reading difficulties and was founded in 2006 to provide shorter, more accessible, entertaining fiction for less confident adult readers. These Quick Reads condense popular titles into shorter versions, with just a few chapters, large text and wider gaps between rows of text, making reading more accessible for adults who might otherwise struggle with a full sized book.

You can have a browse through all Quick Reads Hampshire Libraries have here!

You don’t have to let that one thing be the thing that defines you.

JoJo Moyes, After You

By celebrating a different author each month, we hope to showcase a collection of different books that you can find in our libraries. Titles you might not otherwise have picked up, and maybe introduce you to a new series. There will be books, and maybe even authors, which you don’t get along with – and that is the beauty of borrowing that book from the library. Because, if you don’t like it, if you don’t finish it, you haven’t lost anything. Simply bring the book back and try another.

We hope that you will come along on this exciting journey on discovering, or maybe even re-discovering, authors. If you would like to read one of JoJo Moyes’ books, click the book cover and you will be taken to the Hampshire Library catalogue, from which you can, for a small charge, reserve a copy, or pop into your local library.

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You have to write the story that’s at the front of your head. There is no point in trying to write for the market; it won’t ring true.

Jojo Moyes

Which of these 15 books would you like to read? Tell us in the comments below.

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In my experience, there’s not much that can’t be fixed by a decent cup of tea

JoJo Moyes
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