Jojo Moyes

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Jojo Moyes
Paris - Salon du livre de Paris 2017 - Jojo Moyes - 001 (cropped).jpg
Born (1969-08-04) 4 August 1969 (age 53)
Maidstone, Kent, England
LanguageEnglish
Period1993–present
GenreRomance
SpouseCharles (Maxwell) Arthur
Children3
Website
www.jojomoyes.com

Pauline Sara Jo Moyes (born 4 August 1969), known professionally as Jojo Moyes, is an English journalist and, since 2002, an award-winning romance novelist,[1] #1 New York Times best selling author[2] and screenwriter.[3][4] She is one of only a few authors to have twice won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award by the Romantic Novelists' Association and her works have been translated into twenty-eight languages[5] and have sold over 40 million copies worldwide.[6]

Life and early career[edit]

Pauline Sara-Jo Moyes was born on 4 August 1969[7] in Maidstone,[8] England.[9]

Before attending university, Moyes held several jobs: she was a typist at NatWest typing statements in braille for blind people, a brochure writer for Club 18-30, and a minicab controller for a brief time. While an undergraduate at Royal Holloway, University of London, Moyes worked for the Egham and Staines News.[10]

She earned a journalism degree from City University[11] as well as a degree at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London University.[12]

Moyes won a bursary financed by The Independent newspaper which allowed her to attend the postgraduate newspaper journalism course at City University in 1992.[13] She subsequently worked for The Independent for the next 10 years (except for one year, when she worked in Hong Kong for the Sunday Morning Post) in various roles, becoming Assistant News Editor in 1998.[13] In 2002 she became the newspaper's Arts and Media Correspondent.[14]

Writing career[edit]

Early in her writing career,[15] Moyes wrote three manuscripts that were all initially rejected. With one child, another baby on the way, and a career as a journalist, Moyes committed to herself that if her fourth book was rejected, she would stop her efforts. After submitting the first three chapters of her fourth book to various publishers, six of them began a bidding war for the rights.

Moyes became a full-time novelist in 2002, when her first book Sheltering Rain was published. She continues to write articles for The Daily Telegraph.[16]

Moyes' publisher, Hodder & Stoughton, did not take up the 2012 novel Me Before You and Moyes sold it to Penguin. It sold six million copies, went to number one in nine countries, and reinvigorated her back catalogue resulting in three of her novels being on the New York Times bestseller list at the same time.[17][18] Moyes would later write two sequels to Me Before You: After You in 2015 and Still Me in 2018.[19]

In 2013, it was announced that Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter had been hired to write an adaptation of Me Before You.[20] In 2016 the film adaptation Me Before You was released and the screenplay was written by Moyes.[21]

In 2018, Moyes invested £120,000 in the Quick Reads Initiative, an adult literacy project. Her investment gave the program three additional years of funding.[22] Her book, Paris for One and Other Stories, is part of the 2015 Quick Reads collection,[23] and she contributed a short story to A Fresh Start, from the 2020 Quick Reads collection.[24]

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • Moyes' books have been translated into forty-six languages, have hit the number one spot in twelve countries and have sold over forty million[6] copies worldwide.[1]
  • Romantic Novel of the Year Award Winner (2004): Foreign Fruit.[25]
  • Romantic Novel of the Year Award Nominee (2008): Silver Bay.[25]
  • Romantic Novel of the Year Award Winner (2011): The Last Letter From Your Lover.[25]
  • Moyes first won the Romantic Novelists' Association's Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2004 for Foreign Fruit[26] and again in 2011 for The Last Letter From Your Lover.[27] She is one of few authors to have received this award twice.[28]
  • Platinum Hall of Fame Winner for After You & Me Before You; Neilsen Awards.[29]
  • Gold Hall of Fame Winner for After You & Me Before You; Nielsen Awards.[30]
  • Me Before You hit the New York Times bestseller Top Ten chart in 2016[31] and spent 19 weeks on the chart.
  • American Library Association winner for Me Before You, 2014.[32]
  • Good Reads Best Fiction Award Winner (2018): Still Me.[33]
  • The Giver of Stars is an international best-seller
  • Book of The Year Winner (2007), Good Housekeeping: Silver Bay.[34]
  • Me Before You was nominated for Book of the Year at the UK Galaxy Book Awards.[35]
  • The Giver of Stars was shortlisted for the 2020 Fiction Book of the Year in the British Book Awards.[36]
  • Me Before You has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide.[37]
  • Me Before You film adaption awards: People's Choice Awards Winner for Favorite Dramatic Movie (2017);[38][39] ASCAP Award Winner for Top Box Office Films (2017);[38] Golden Trailer Award Winner for Best Romance (2017)[38]

Books Written[edit]

  • Sheltering Rain - 2002
  • Foreign Fruit - 2003
  • The Peacock Emporium - 2004
  • The Ship of Brides - 2005
  • The Horse Dancer - 2009
  • The Last Letter from Your Lover - 2011
  • Me Before You - 2012
  • Honeymoon in Paris (eBook) - 2013
  • The Girl You Left Behind - 2013
  • Silver Bay (paperback) - 2014
  • The One Plus One - 2014
  • The Ship of Brides (paperback) - 2014
  • After You - 2015
  • Paris for One - 2016
  • Still Me - January 2018
  • The Giver of Stars - October 2019

Literary influences[edit]

Moyes' favorite book in childhood was National Velvet by Enid Bagnold. She cites Behind the Scenes at the Museum by Kate Atkinson as a book that made her want to be a better writer,[15] and she is inspired by authors such as Nora Ephron,[40] Marian Keyes, Lisa Jewell, Jonathan Tropper, and Jane Austen.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Moyes lives on a farm in Great Sampford, Essex, with her husband, journalist Charles Arthur, and their three children.[41][42] Her animals include an ex-racehorse, Brian,[40] and a rescued 58 kg female Pyrenean mountain dog.[43]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Sheltering Rain, AKA Return to Ireland (2002) ISBN 0060012897
  • Foreign Fruit, AKA Windfallen (2003) ISBN 0340834145
  • The Peacock Emporium (2004)[44] ISBN 0340752041
  • The Ship of Brides (2005) ISBN 0340830107
  • Silver Bay (2007) ISBN 0340895934
  • Night Music (2008) ISBN 0340895950
  • The Last Letter from Your Lover (2008) ISBN 0670022802
  • The Horse Dancer (2009) ISBN 0340961600
  • Me Before You series:
    1. Me Before You (2012) ISBN 0670026603
    2. After You (2015) ISBN 0698411412
    3. Still Me (2018) ISBN 0399562451
    4. Lou In Lockdown (2020), short story ISBN 9788835703471
  • The Girl You Left Behind series:
    1. Honeymoon in Paris (2012), novella
    2. The Girl You Left Behind (2012) ISBN 0670026611
  • The One Plus One (2014) ISBN 1405909056
  • The Giver of Stars (2019) ISBN 0718183231

Short stories[edit]

Collections:

  • Paris for One and Other Stories (2015), collection of 10 short stories and 1 novella: ISBN 0735221073
    "Paris for One", "Between the Tweets", "Love in the Afternoon", "A Bird in the Hand", "Crocodile Shoes", "Holdups", "Honeymoon in Paris" (novella), "Last Year's Coat", "Thirteen Days with John C", "Margot", "The Christmas List"

Adaptations[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Jojo Moyes | Penguin Random House". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
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  4. ^ "Jojo Moyes". IMDb. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  5. ^ a b "jojo moyes red chat". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  6. ^ a b Kroll, Justin (8 December 2020). "Universal Taps Catalina Aguilar-Mastretta To Direct Adaptation Of Jojo Moyes Bestseller 'The Giver Of Stars'". Deadline. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
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  8. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 28 February 2017.
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  16. ^ "Jojo Moyes". Telegraph.co.uk. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  17. ^ "Moyes interview". Irish Independent.
  18. ^ Beckerman, Hannah (21 September 2015). "Jojo Moyes: 'I'd like to be the Puccini of fiction'". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 14 November 2017.
  19. ^ STILL ME by Jojo Moyes, Penguin Books
  20. ^ "ME BEFORE YOU to Be Adapted by Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber". Collider. 23 October 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
  21. ^ "Me Before You (film 2016)". IMDB.
  22. ^ "Jojo Moyes About Backing the Quick Reads". Ikon London Magazine. 21 February 2020. Retrieved 23 February 2020.
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  30. ^ "Jojo Moyes". Nielsen Awards. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  31. ^ "Best Sellers - June 26, 2016 - The New York Times". The New York Times. Retrieved 13 December 2017.
  32. ^ "Me Before You | Awards & Grants". www.ala.org. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  33. ^ "Announcing the Goodreads Choice Winner in Best Fiction!". Goodreads. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  34. ^ "Jojo Moyes". Book Series in Order. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  35. ^ "Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes". Ethereal Jinxed. 1 September 2018. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  36. ^ "British Book Awards 2020: Books of the Year shortlists revealed | The Bookseller". www.thebookseller.com. Retrieved 20 March 2020.
  37. ^ Finney, Joanne (13 August 2020). "The 10 best Jojo Moyes books, rated by us". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
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  39. ^ "2017 People's Choice Awards". www.warnerbros.com. Retrieved 10 August 2022.
  40. ^ a b BookBrowse. "Jojo Moyes author interview". BookBrowse.com. Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  41. ^ "Curtis Brown". curtisbrown.co.uk. Retrieved 5 November 2015.
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  43. ^ Moyes, Jojo (25 January 2018). "How a 58kg rescue dog changed my life". The Times. Retrieved 25 January 2018. (subscription required)
  44. ^ Review of The Peacock Emporium at Booklover Book Reviews

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