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Brought to you by Penguin – the spellbinding story of love, friendship and the power of words to change the world by the international bestselling author of Me Before You
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 new love she’s found will be lost . . .
Read by Audie-award winner Julie Whelan.
‘Her best novel yet. Julian Whelan [is] the perfect reader’ The Times
‘Utterly enchanting’ Mail on Sunday
‘Epic’ David Nicholls, bestselling author of One Day

Critics Review


    The Times
  • Inspiring and wildly romantic

    Daily Mail Books of the Year
  • Utterly enchanting

    Mail on Sunday
  • 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

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