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Me Before You : Discover the book where it all began. The love story that captured a million hearts - Jojo Moyes

Me Before You

Discover the book where it all began. The love story that captured a million hearts

Paperback Published: 5th January 2012
ISBN: 9780718157838
Number Of Pages: 512

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Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

Praise for Jojo Moyes:

'The Last Letter from Your Lover manages to be a both gorgeously romantic and partner-ignoringly compulsive read' Independent on Sunday

'A small-life-big-dreams weepie that'll have you snivelling ecstatically into your cocoa' Daily Mail

'This poignant novel will make your heart flutter' Heat

'An utterly absorbing and blissfully romantic read' Daily Telegraph

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include The Ship of Brides, Foreign Fruit and most recently The Last Letter from Your Lover. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.

Industry Reviews

Poignant . . . heartfelt . . . Me Before You, at it's heart, is about two people who properly listen to each other; it is something good * The Independent on Sunday *
Another powerful love story. A deftly plotted narrative populated with likeable engaging characters . . . a bittersweet story about love, learning and letting go. It's a tremendous read and I loved it * Daily Mail *
When I finished this novel, I didn't want to review it: I wanted to reread it . . . An affair to remember * The New York Times Book Review *
At last, a new Moyes novel - and it's a triumph. Her story of love blossoming in the most unlikely of ways packs such an emotional punch, you'll need a box of tissues * Elle *
Compelling, moving and absorbing. It's also a real weepie * Daily Express *
Keep the tissues close as Jojo Moyes returns with Me Before You, a heartbreaking yet ultimately uplifting tale about the relationship between an embittered quadriplegic man and the carer who is trying to give him a reason to live * Good Housekeeping *
A compelling novel of life and death decisions and unlikely affections. It's magical and heartbreaking, but doesn't shy away from difficult emotional realities. Waterproof mascara essential * Marie Claire *
A disarmingly moving love story . . . a lovely novel, both nontraditional and enthralling * Publishers Weekly *
This truly beautiful story made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby - you simply have to read it * Closer *
Heartbreaking, soul-searching and utterly compelling * Easy Living *
Destined to be the novel that friends press upon each other more than any other next year, it is a tremendous example of what commercial fiction can do when in the hands of an expert. Moyes does a majestic job of conjuring a cast of characters who are charismatic, credible and utterly compelling; Lou and Will are a couple who readers will take to their hearts as they did One Day's Emma and Dex * The Independent *
Poignant and beautifully written, this book will stay with you long after you've put it down * Star Magazine *
Funny, believable and heartbreaking, this is sure to be the weepy of 2012 * Woman's Own *
A compelling portrait of an unlikely couple * The Independent *
Me Before You is a page-turner that sucks the reader into caring about the fate of the heroine . . . By turns funny and moving but never predictable. The plot contains a number of surprises and raises thoughtful questions * USA Today *
A perceptive and moving tale * The Independent *
Funny, surprising and heartbreaking, populated with characters who are affecting and amusing . . . This is a thought-provoking, thoroughly entertaining novel that captures the complexity of love * People *
Beautifully written * The Sun *
An unlikely love story . . . To be devoured like candy, between tears * O, The Oprah Magazine *
Read it and weep: Heartbreak collides with humour in Jojo Moyes's Me Before You * Good Housekeeping USA *
Jojo Moyes has done it again with this funny, touching tale that is impossible to put down. Make sure you have a box of tissues to hand! * Candis *
When I finished this novel, I didn't want to review it: I wanted to reread it. Which might seem perverse if you know that for most of the last hundred pages I was dissolved in tears. Jojo Moyes, the writer who produced this emotional typhoon, knows very well that Me Before You . . . is a 'real weepy'. Moyes's story provokes tears that are redemptive, the opposite of gratuitous. Some situations, she forces the reader to recognise, really are worth crying over . . . An affair to remember * Liesl Schillinger, The New York Times Book Review *
Jojo Moyes's poignantly romantic tales have readers streaming their way through boxes of Kleenex . . . Me Before You is compelling reading...a profound, fundamental, thought-provoking conundrum lies at the heart of the story, a huge moral dilemma, explored with great fictional finesse. Devotees of Jojo Moyes and newcomers alike will settle into this entertaining book with gusto * Sunday Express *
Romantic, thought-provoking tear-jerker than you won't be able to put down * Woman & Home *
The Last Letter from Your Lover manages to be a both gorgeously romantic and partner-ignoringly compulsive read * Independent on Sunday *
Utterly absorbing and blissfully romantic * Daily Telegraph *
A small-life-big-dreams weepie that'll have you snivelling ecstatically into your cocoa * Daily Mail *

heart-wrenching, funny, thought-provoking


Me Before You is the first book in the Me Before You series by award-winning British author, Jojo Moyes. Louisa Clark's café wages are much relied-upon: her mum, Josie is the stay-at-home carer for Granddad; all of her sister Katrina's pay goes to bringing up her own young son; and her dad Bernard's job at the furniture factory is looking less secure every day. So when the Buttered Bun closes down, Lou needs another job pronto. She's never worked as a carer before, but the pay's better than at the chicken processing plant, and Lou's been assured there'll be no wiping of, you know, required (there's a trained carer for that stuff). Camilla Traynor has told Lou she's basically needed as a companion for her son, Will, who is a quadriplegic since a traffic accident two years ago. But Will's anger, his mercurial moods, his negativity, these are an unpleasant, if understandable, surprise for Lou. She's determined to stick it out: she can't afford to lose this job. But Camilla hasn't been entirely honest. Before long, Lou discovers the truth, and finds herself doing her utmost to bring enjoyment into Will's life. For anyone who has even glanced at the remarks on the cover of later editions of this book, the trajectory of the story and the ending will be predictable, but such is the quality of the characters Moyes creates, and their dialogue, that most readers will not be able to resist reading to the end, although this, as many advise, is best not read in public. And before that end is reached, there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and the odd surprise or two. The novel is mostly a first-person narrative told by Lou, but with occasional (clearly denoted) chapters from the perspective of other significant characters. Moyes tackles several topical and divisive issues: voluntary euthanasia and the right to die; how quality of life is dependent on perspective; the stigma attached to being disabled, the patronising attitudes encountered and the attendant, if unintentio



A real page turner.


Woh! that was engaging.I was so absorbed I wasn't aware of the increasing heat during our recent heatwave.

South Australia, Australia


New favourite book


Love this book. Cried my eyes out. my mum loves it too.

Melbourne, AU


Deep thoughts provoked & deeper emotions stirred


I found the book a massive outlet for deep thoughts & emotions within me & was left considering my stance on what happened even till now.

Townsville, Queensland


loved This book


Was not the ending I expected. I read this book in 2 day.. stayed up into the wee hours of the morning to finish because I couldn't put it down.. Lots of tears.



Totally Loved this book!!


This book was such a good read and I found myself picking it up and reading it every spare minute I had! The ending was not what I was expecting at all! I have also since found out that there is a movie coming out next year based on this and I am so excited to see it!!

Gold Coast


I couldn't put it down


I read this book in 2 days - I just could not put it down... the last 100 pages were read through non stop tears.

South Australia


love story


This was a page turner! Hard to put down and very sad...



Emotional read


I loved this book, it's one of those you just can't take out of your hands until you finished reading it.

Carnarvon, AU


Me Before You

4.6 9


ISBN: 9780718157838
ISBN-10: 0718157834
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 512
Published: 5th January 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.2 x 12.9  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.35
Edition Number: 1

Jojo Moyes

About the Author

Jojo worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The Independent where she worked variously as News Reporter, Assistant News Editor and Arts and Media Correspondent.

Jojo has been a full time novelist since 2002, when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Since then she has written a further eleven novels, all of which have been widely critically acclaimed.

Jojo has won the Romantic Novelist’s Award twice, and Me Before You has been nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards. Me Before You has since gone on to sell over 3 million copies worldwide.

Jojo lives (and writes!) on a farm in Essex, England with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.

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