Me Before You

By  Jojo Moyes

About the Book

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.

What Jojo Moyes thinks about World Book Night

"There is nothing like the recommendation of a trusted friend to make you want to read a book. World Book Night is the glorious extension of this - sending carefully selected books out to people who might enjoy them - and who otherwise might not read them. I am so proud that my book is going to be part of WBN 2012, and I hope that it encourages the recipients to keep reading."

What we thinkJojo Moyes big credit phyllis christopher

“An incredibly unexpected story of what happens when life goes wrong –  imagine One Day taking place over six months instead of 20 years. Bittersweet, beautiful, truly heartbreaking but ultimately full of joy and life. Leave all your preconceptions behind and be swept away by the story.”

Spotlight on..

Never judge a book by its cover. One of the most famous and regularly ignored adages and it is absolutely true with this book. Do not even begin to make preconceptions based on the cover, because a good percentage of you won't read it and you really really should. Loved One Day? Then this is your next favourite book! Not impressed by One Day? Well you will be by this! Never heard of One Day? Never mind, read this.

Being for a moment serious though, let me tell you why I think everyone should read this book. We all read for different reasons, and those reasons will change by the day, the time, our mood and our perception of a book and what we expect to get from it. It could be that I enjoyed Me Before You so much because I wasn't expecting to (based purely on my judgement of it's cover), but I completely fell in love with it. I was intrigued, I was gripped, I was entranced, I was educated and in the end I emerged a little bit changed by having read it.

It is, of course, a love story (but aren't all our lives to some extent?) but it's about as far as 'girl meets boy, they go through some complications but eventually live happily ever after' as it can get. It's about playing the hand we were dealt, however unfair it may be and what happens if we decide we simply don't want to play any more and about how our lives can be utterly changed by meeting the wrong person at the wrong time. There's a good chance, if you're that way inclined, that you might cry your eyes out at the end (I did, but please don't let that put you off if you're not quite so sentimental!), but whatever your emotional state I challenge you not to be a tiny bit effected by the story.

And hopefully I've managed to persuade you to want to read it without any mention of the words disability or euthanasia. Not topics you'd immediately presume a book with this cover would include. Which just goes to show how true the old adage is.

Julia Kingsford, CEO World Book NIght

Also by Jojo Moyes

The Girl You Left Behind, The Ship of Bride, Foreign Fruit, The Peacock Emporium

Author biography

JoJo has a CV that includes minicab controller, typer of Braille statements for blind people for NatWest, and brochure writer for Club 18-30. She ended up a journalist, working in London and Hong Kong, before becoming a full time novelist in 2002 when her first book, Sheltering Rain was published. Her latest novel Me Before You, is one of the most talked about novels of 2012, and spent an astonishing 12 weeks in the Top Ten, and is one of the 5 biggest paperbacks of 2012. It has sold over 200k paperbacks to date and stolen the nation’s heart. It was voted the clear favourite Richard and Judy title of the Spring promotion list and has had the highest number of votes in any Richard and Judy vote ever.  Her new novel, The Girl You Left Behind is out September 27th (Penguin).


On World Book Night

I'm so delighted to be involved with World Book Night. A book is the best way I know to escape from the world, and it's a privilege to be able to give that experience to others. I hope all the books that are given away are truly relished - happy reading!

Sophie Kinsella

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