Jojo Moyes


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My Life in Books


Jojo Moyes was born in 1969 and grew up in London and went on to work as a minicab controller, braille typer and brochure writer for Club 18-30, before settling on journalism.  She worked as a journalist for ten years, including a year at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, and nine at The Independent, before leaving to becoming a full-time novelist in 2002 around the publication of her first book, Sheltering Rain was published.  Since then she has written a further eleven novels, including Me Before You which has sold more than eight million copies and was turned into a film starring Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games), with the screenplay written by Moyes.  Her latest novel, Still Me, is the third in the trilogy following the character Louisa Clark, who first appeared in Me Before You.  Moyes joined The Telegraph's Laura Powell to talk about the struggle to get her first novel published, the making of Me Before You, turning to therapy after leaving journalism - and her secret writing weapon.