The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes.
Jojo, who is 53 years old, married and has three children, lives on a farm in Essex. She was a busy journalist who, after having three books rejected decided her fourth try, ‘Sheltering Rain’, would be the last! That was in 2002.
Her Publishers, Hodder and Stoughton, didn’t want
‘Me Before You’ so she sold it to Penguin, and it’s not the only one of her books which has been adapted for the film industry.
She invested £120,000 in the Quick Reads Initiative, which aimed to encourage 20–30 year-old reluctant-readers to discover the joys of the written world, and received a number of awards for her short stories.
The Giver of Stars, published in 2019 was Jojo’s first historical fiction work.
The story is simple but unfolds delightfully, as five women, from very different backgrounds, each discover freedom and friendship and a life to call their own. In its simplicity, it is a compelling read, highlighting the domination practices prevalent at the time but which would not be tolerated by English or American women today. It challenges gender stereotypes magnificently.
Jojo Moyes wrote: –
‘It’s big, bold funny and sad. The story is fictional, but it rests on a skeleton of astonishing facts. I wrote it in a fever, through holidays, reluctant to leave it at night, and can honestly say I have never loved writing a book more or been more inspired by my subject matter. I really hope you enjoy reading it as much as I have loved creating it’.
Book Club is meeting monthly at the Queen’s Hotel, Penzance, then hopes to meet up in members gardens from June. Next month’s book is Murder on Mustique by Anne Glenconner.