Richard & Judy Book Club propels Moyes to Bestseller

Me Before You

January 12, 2012

Jojo Moyes’ latest novel Me Before You has been selected for Richard and Judy’s Spring 2012 Book Club.

Exclusive to WHSmith, the Spring Book Club features eight new titles which Richard and Judy will review every fortnight. Richard and Judy will interview each author and suggest questions to fuel book club discussions. The WHSmith editions will include exclusive bonus material including inside information on the authors’ inspirations, a look into how they write and how their own life stories influence them, and their favourite books.

The Book Club will also feature a podcast, available alongside each title every fortnight on iTunes, which readers can tune in to to hear additional insights into each author, with their exclusive interviews with Richard and Judy.

Me Before You is a heartbreaking but inspiring tale of love against the odds. Lou Clark is stuck in an uninspiring job in her local cafe and a dead end relationship. Will Traynor has lost the will to live after being involved in a devastating motorcycle accident which left him unable to move from the shoulders down. When Lou is made redundant from the cafe she takes a job as Will’s carer, and from then on life for both of them will never be the same again. Will is determined to give up on life; Lou is determined to change Will’s mind through a series of adventures.

Alexandra Heminsley for the Independent has praised Me Before You, saying “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.”

Since publication on January 5 2011, Me Before You has sold 8,273 copies, propelling it straight to third position on the Nielsen Bookscan Official UK Top 10. It has been garnering fantastic reviews this week; Sara Lawrence of the Daily Mail hails it “a bittersweet story about love, learning and letting go. It’s a tremendous read and I loved it.” Emma Hagestadt at the Independent calls it a “compelling portrait of an unlikely couple”.

Read Jojo's hilarious account of meeting with Richard and Judy in her blog.

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