The Giver of Stars

The Giver of Stars

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The brand-new standalone novel from the Number One bestselling author of Me Before You, After You and Still Me.

'Alice had come halfway across the world to find that, yet again, she was considered wanting. Well, she thought, if that was what everyone thought, she might as well live up to it.'

England, late 1930s, and Alice Wright - restless, stifled - makes an impulsive decision to marry wealthy American Bennett Van Cleve and leave her home and family behind.

But stuffy, disapproving Baileyville, Kentucky, where her husband favours work over his wife and is dominated by his overbearing father, is not the adventure - or the escape - that she hoped for.

That is, until she meets Margery O'Hare, a troublesome woman - and daughter of a notorious felon - the town wishes to forget.

Margery's on a mission to spread the wonder of books and reading to the poor and lost - and she needs Alice's help.

Trekking alone under big open skies, through wild mountain forests, Alice, Margery and their fellow sisters of the trail discover freedom, friendship - and a life to call their own.


But when Baileyville turns against them, will their belief in one another - and the power of the written word - be enough to save them?

About the Author

Jojo Moyes was raised in London. She writes for the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Red and Woman & Home. She's married to Charles Arthur, technology editor of The Guardian. They live with their three children on a farm in Essex, England.

Industry Reviews

HER BEST NOVEL YET * The Times *
Inspiring and wildly romantic * Daily Mail Books of the Year *
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 *
Epic * David 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 breathe * Lisa 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 books * Damian 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 pleasure * Sunday Mirror *
Utterly enchanting * Mail on Sunday *
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 superb * Nina 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 smart * Fabulous, Sun *
Her best yet * Bookseller *
Jojo's characterisation is so vivid, and the insight into the gender and race discrimination of the 1930s is truly eye opening * Clare 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 reading * Grazia *
Moyes' best yet . . . A stonker of a read. Laced with humour and heartache, it's addictive * Sunday 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 compassion * Metro *
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 disappointed * Heat *
She's done it again! Joyous. I loved this adventure story for girls for its plucky female characters and wonderful writing * Good Housekeeping, Books of the Year *
An inspiring, romantic tribute to female friendship and the power of books * Woman's Own *
As passionate about challenging gender stereotypes as it is enthralling in narrative sweep * i *
Explores the interconnected lives of five women with honesty and hilarity * Cosmopolitan *
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 . . . inspiring * Washington 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 passion * SheerLuxe *
Uplifting. One of Me Before You author Moyes's best novels * The Mail on Sunday *
A heart-wrenching love story, a nail-biting legal drama and a beautiful study of female friendship * Daily Mail *
Jojo Moyes is on dazzling form * Sunday Express *
This big-hearted tale will stay in your head long after you have finished reading it * Independent *


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