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Will needed Lou as much as she needed him, but will her love be enough to save his life?

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 teashop 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.

One of Britain’s most popular novelists, Jojo Moyes worked variously as a minicab controller and brochure writer for Club 18-30 before winning a bursary to attend a course in journalism. After a decade as a successful journalist, she turned to writing fiction with her first book Sheltering Rain. She won the hearts of legions of readers with her poignant novel Me Before You, introducing the popular character Lou Clark whose story continues in the follow-up novels After You and Still Me.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780718157838
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 351 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm


MEDIA 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

"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 

"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 *

Heartbreaking, soul-searching and utterly compelling * Easy Living *

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 *

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 *

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“Something to think about”

This is one of those books that you think about for quite sometime when you have finished it. The story deals with sensitive issues but the humour is touching and I liked the characters. Easy to read but you will need... More

Paperback edition
2nd April 2013
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“Great read, amasing story”

when i started reading this story i didnt get into it, but i soon got into it quite quickly and i was abit worried the fact i wasnt getting emotional but close to the end when I realised what was about to happen thats... More

Paperback edition
18th November 2013
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“Lovely but slightly predictable”

I first thought I wouldn't enjoy it, seeming too 'rom-com' for me. Then a quarter of the way in started to enjoy it much more with the story changing and becoming more meaty. But when nearing the end I... More

Paperback edition
15th May 2013
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