London-born Jojo Moyes has had a varied career – before studying at Royal Holloway and Bedford new College, University of London, she typed brail statements for a bank, wrote brochure content for Club 18-30 and did a stint as a minicab controller. She then went on to work for The Independent for ten years. In 2002, she became a full-time novelist when her first book, Sheltering Rain, was published. She has since written a further eleven novels and is one of only a handful of authors to have won the Romantic Novelists' Association's Romantic Novel of the Year Award twice.
Her critically-acclaimed book Me Before You was the well-deserved winner of the WHSmith Richard and Judy Book Club Spring 2012. Me Before You went on to sell over three million copies internationally. Jojo lives in Saffron Walden, Essex, with her husband and three children. For more information on Jojo and her books, take a look at her official website: www.jojomoyes.com or Facebook page www.facebook.com/JojoMoyesAuthor and follow her on Twitter www.twitter.com/jojomoyes.
The One Plus One
The One Plus One is a captivating, poignant and unconventional romance from an author who is at the top of her game. Jojo Moyes, once again, captures the realistic, engaging and warm characters in this story of love and hope. Jess Thomas - the leading lady - is a quietly heroic single mother, battling day-to-day life, trying to keep her children happy and earning just enough money to get by. Her stepson, Nicky, is being bullied, and her daughter, Tanzie, is a gifted maths genius who needs nurturing. Jess is ever-the optimist, but has made some bad decisions and taken a fair few risks that haven't always paid off. Then Ed Nicholls comes into their lives – a handsome stranger who knows what it's like to be lonely. He has made a considerable amount of money selling his software company but subsequently has found himself slightly out of his depth.
The One Plus One tells the tale of these two lost souls who unexpectedly meet. The reader follows them on their slow journey to Scotland, and will find themselves laughing, sighing and crying along the way. Jojo manages to expertly bring to life this blossoming relationship, and focuses on a family that – like many families these days – do not fall into the 2.4 mould. Throw in their oversized, loyal dog, Norman, and you've got a story that will undoubtedly get under the skin of anyone who reads it. The One Plus One has received tremendous praise: "A triumph. Packs such an emotional punch, you'll need a box of tissue" (Elle). "Majestic, utterly compelling... a heart-stopping read" (Independent on Sunday). "Truly beautiful. Made us laugh, smile and sob like a baby – you simply have to read it". (Closer).
Jojo Moyes Talks About The One Plus One
We spoke to Jojo at her lovely home to find out more about The One Plus One and its two main characters. Jojo describes the book as part road trip, part love story. Essentially, it's a tale about love and hope – with a few laughs thrown in. Jess is a heroic optimist – an incredibly resourceful single mum. But she doesn't always make great choices; something that is at the heart of the book. Jojo labels Ed as a geek who is made good – certainly not a conventional leading man. We also hear about Jojo's most memorable road trip and why she described it as "completely insane".