Preface to Yorkshire Book Club (A3)
Jojo Moyes has been a fulltime novelist for over 10 years and prior to that was a journalist at the Independent. As the ‘Arts and Media Correspondent’ for the Indy she covered an eclectic range of subjects that inform and reflect on her subsequent work.
Me Before You is Jojo’s latest romantic novel with a cast of characters who are charismatic, credible and utterly compelling.
Jojo is one of only a few authors to have won the Romantic Novelists’ Association’s Romantic Novel of the Year Award twice. This was for Foreign Fruit and “The Last Letter From Your Lover” but you may also like to read The Ship of Brides, Silver Bay, Night Music and The Horse Dancer.
The Sunday Express report that in Me Before You is ‘a profound, fundamental, thought-provoking conundrum (which) lies at the heart of the story, a huge moral dilemma, explored with great fictional finesse.’
Yorkshire God’s Own County Book Club Opinion
With over 500 pages this book has enough content to keep you in a state capable of ignoring your partner for the pleasure of your own reading.
Engrossing rather than literary Me Before You would make a good holiday read. Reviewers fight shy of finishing the book on a journey in case the emotions seep out through the tear ducts.
The Euro 2012 is over for ever but there is the World Cup in two years and a new Euro thereafter. That leaves plenty of time for some compulsive reading!
Book Club Type Questions for Consideration
How well does Jojo deal with the rights of disabled people.
Do you feel empathy with all the main characters?
Would you rather have been watching the Euro 2012 football?
Can the humour overcome the emotion in the last 10% of the book?
Strangely the Kindle version is more expensive than the paperback at £3.99. Have you noticed how Amazon now assume it is the kindle version you wish to buy and offer hardback and paperback as alternatives on a new click.
Sorry I found no direct link to Yorkshire. Jojo studied at City University in London.
Photo credit Opening ceremony of Euro 2012 by cattias.photos under creative commons BY-NC-ND 2.0