Jojo Moyes | 'I have to write this, this is mine'

Jojo Moyes | 'I have to write this, this is mine'

Jojo Moyes had been idly reading online two years ago when she came across a journal article containing black-and-white photos of women on horseback carrying books. The Smithsonian magazine article about the Pack Horse Library of Kentucky inspired The Giver of Stars, a sprawling homage to female friendship, bravery and books, set in the American Midwest in the 1930s. She says she has never "enjoyed writing a book like I’ve enjoyed writing this", writing it in a feverish nine-month period, with film rights snapped up before it had even reached her editor’s desk.

"I love this book so much th...

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