The Giver of Stars (Paperback)
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The Giver of Stars (Paperback)

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Paperback 464 Pages / Published: 23/07/2020
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Based upon a true story, this standalone gem from the author of the Me Before You sequence spins an inspiring tale of companionship and determination during the dog days of the Great Depression. Tracking five incredible women across the dust bowls and prairies of America, The Giver of Stars is a hymn to friendship and the eternal wonder of books.

Shortlisted for the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year 2020

A Reese Witherspoon book club pick

The greatest love story is the one you least expect...

Alice Wright doesn't love her new American husband.

Nor her domineering father-in-law or the judgmental townsfolk of Baileyville, Kentucky.

Stifled and misunderstood, she yearns for escape and finds it in defiant Margery O'Hare and the sisterhood bringing books to the isolated and vulnerable.

But when her father-in-law and the town turn against them, Alice fears the freedom, friendship and the new love she's found will be lost . . .

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780718183219
Number of pages: 464
Weight: 321 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 27 mm



'Inspiring and wildly romantic' - Daily Mail Books of the Year

'An entertaining, immersive and moving read. The Giver of Stars is rip-roaring popular fiction . . . but it is also a novel that celebrates education, intellectual curiosity and, above all, books and the knowledge, comfort, company and power that they can bring. Moyes shines a light on a historic footnote to pay tribute to women's work, endurance and female solidarity' - The Sunday Times

'For years I've been a huge Jojo Moyes fan. It's such a great narrative about personal strength and really captures how books bring communities together, especially for these women who are completely bonded by their love of literature' - Reese Witherspoon

'A genuinely entertaining book that's a perfect gift for people who need some escape from the everyday and just want to be absorbed in a really cracking story. Set in rural America in the 1930s, it's got a band of feisty characters who are funny and sweet with contemporary resonances to boot' - The best books to give this Christmas, Stylist

'With characters so real they feel like dear friends and a compelling storyline, this is a beautiful, special novel. I loved it and didn't want it to end!' - Liane Moriarty

'What a wonderful novel. The Giver of Stars is the most sweeping, dramatic, richly evocative book, full of brilliantly feisty women. I whipped through the pages, utterly agog, pretty much feeling as though I was on a horse in 1930s Kentucky myself' - Sophie Kinsella

'Epic' - David Nicholls, bestselling author of One Day

'Timeless, Jojo Moyes' greatest work yet, and one of the most exquisitely-written - and absolutely compulsory - novels about women ever told. Brilliant and perfect and will remind you of why you read; even of why you breathe' - Lisa Taddeo, bestselling author of Three Women

Purest joy - even as it cheerfully breaks your heart. A go-get-em adventure about E Roosevelt's horseback librarians, it celebrates female friendship and the power of books' - Damian Barr

'Both a love letter to reading and a hymn to female friendship, this is a tale packed full of romance, tension, and brilliantly drawn characters. Pure pleasure' - Sunday Mirror

'Utterly enchanting' - Mail on Sunday

'I loved this dashing adventure set in 1930s Kentucky, America. Intensely moving and crammed with romance and emotion, this is a full-pack-of-tissues novel.' - Sun

'Based on a true story of the real Horseback Librarians of Kentucky this was a truly joyous and divine read. The rich, determined, extraordinary characters consumed me. The history, the setting; everything about this glorious book is superb' - Nina Potell, Prima

'Dipped into this on Saturday and then simply couldn't put it down. Superb characters, great story and sense of place. For me, her best yet. And I wept buckets over Me Before You!' - Fanny Blake

'Touching on the still-burning issues of control, violence, poverty and racism, Moyes has created a rollicking story that's perfect for long autumn nights. Enjoy . . .' - Stylist

'Misfit women rule in a beguiling tale of unlikely love. Moyes writes with warmth and intelligence . . . the most appealing thing about The Giver of Stars, however, is her wonderful way with romance. Delightful' - The Times

'This blisteringly good novel is one to add to your basket quick smart' - Fabulous, Sun

'Her best yet' - Bookseller

'Jojo's characterisation is so vivid, and the insight into the gender and race discrimination of the 1930s is truly eye opening' - Clare Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go

'Her best book yet. It's a romance - but about female friends, the outdoors and the magic of reading' - Grazia

'Moyes' best yet . . . A stonker of a read. Laced with humour and heartache, it's addictive' - Sunday Post

'While her novel is set in the midst of the Great Depression, Moyes crafts a tale that's remarkably contemporary. Moyes depicts the courage and resourcefulness of these women in loving detail. A tribute not just to the brave women who brought the light of knowledge in dark times, but also to the rejuvenating bond of women's friendship.' - Daily Mail

'It's an extraordinary story. This is the best thing she has written since Me Before You. Moyes writes with gusto and compassion' - Metro

'Based on a true story, this poignant novel is a celebration of strong women and friendship. With a fast-paced plot and intricate characters, fans of Moyes won't be disappointed' - Heat

'She's done it again! Joyous. I loved this adventure story for girls for its plucky female characters and wonderful writing' - Good Housekeeping, Books of the Year

'An inspiring, romantic tribute to female friendship and the power of books' - Woman's Own

'As passionate about challenging gender stereotypes as it is enthralling in narrative sweep' - i

'Explores the interconnected lives of five women with honesty and hilarity' - Cosmopolitan

'With strong, memorable female characters and a sprinkling of men who can make a 'heart flutter like a clean sheet on a long line.' The Giver of Stars is a celebration of love, but also of reading, of knowledge, of female friendship . . . inspiring' - Washington Post

'The Giver of Stars is the story of five extraordinary women and their remarkable journey through the mountains of Kentucky and beyond . . . a classic drama of loyalty, justice, humanity and passion' - SheerLuxe

'Uplifting. One of Me Before You author Moyes's best novels' - The Mail on Sunday

'Jojo Moyes is on dazzling form' - Sunday Express

'This big-hearted tale will stay in your head long after you have finished reading it' - Independent

Moyes's book delivers evocative descriptions of the Kentucky landscape and rich historical detail. But it is in her compassionate portrayal of well-drawn characters that the novel's greatest strength lies' - Hannah Beckerman, Observer

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“Written in the stars!”

Set in America during the Depression. This story is intricately described.
Based on true events.
An intrepid group of women head out, on horseback to bring books back to their homes in the Kentucky mountains. I... More

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Emma Smith at Bedford


Sometimes you fall so utterly head over heels in love with a book and it’s characters than when you reach the final page, you shed a little tear and spend the next few days completely bereft that you’ve left the world... More

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“Empowering Story with Typical Moyes-que Romance”

This novel has two themes: the power of reading, and women fighting for their space in society.

Set in 1930s Kentucky, The Giver Of Stars is based on the real-life packhorse librarians who travelled the country to... More

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