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Jojo Moyes , Elizabeth Bower , Ben Eliot
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Book Description

July 2014

Number one bestseller The One Plus One is the beautiful, poignant and utterly compelling new novel by the internationally bestselling author Jojo Moyes.

One eternal optimist . . .

Jess Thomas, with two jobs and two kids and never enough money, wears flip flops in the hope of spring. And when life knocks her down she does her best to bounce right back. But no one told her it's okay to ask for help.

Plus one lost stranger . . .

Ed Nichols is the good guy gone bad. He had it all, then one stupid mistake cost him everything. Now he'll do anything to make it right.

Equals a chance encounter . . .

Ed doesn't want to save anyone and Jess doesn't want saving, but could Jess and Ed add up to something better together?

Praise for The One Plus One:

'A beautifully written love story I relished' Daily Mail

'A heartbreaking, laugh-out-loud, roller coaster' Sunday Express

'An uplifting, charming, life-affirming tale that you won't want to put down' Heat

'Raw, funny, real and sad, this is storytelling at its best' Marie Claire

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include The Ship of Brides, Foreign Fruit, The Last Letter From Your Lover, winner of Spring 2012's most popular Richard and Judy Book Club title Me Before You and top ten bestseller The Girl you Left Behind. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children.

--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks (July 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611762731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611762730
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 13.5 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (964 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Moyes does a majestic job of conjuring a cast of characters who are charismatic, credible and utterly compelling (Independent on Sunday)

Moyes is the queen of the classy weepy and this won't disappoint. A masterclass in story-telling that fans of Me Before You will adore (Elle) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and a journalist. She worked at the Independent for ten years before leaving to write full time. Her previous novels have all been critically acclaimed and include The Girl You Left Behind, Me Before You, The Last Letter from Your Lover, Ship of Brides and Foreign Fruit. She lives in Essex with her husband and their three children. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars So much more than chick lit 13 Aug 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I have only read one book by Jojo Moyes before and that was Ship of Brides which I enjoyed, so when I saw this book and realised it was the same author I decided to give it a go. Am I ever glad I did. It is so enjoyable, full of wit and warmth but also in parts so very sad. If you can get through chapter 22 without your heart breaking I fear you may not have one.

The characters are so beautifully drawn that you just feel that you know them so well. Jess is mother to two children, her daughter Tanzie who is a mathematical genius and Nicky her step-son who is out of step with the rest of the world and being badly bullied for it. Jess is poverty stricken, trying to hold down two jobs that barely feed the family and trying to raise money to see Tanzie into a private school in the hope that she won't be bullied like Nicky.

Enter Mr Nicholls (Ed), he fortuitously finds himself in a position to take the family to Scotland where Tanzie hopes to win a maths competition. Ed's life is already in turmoil after finding himself unwittingly at the centre of an insider trading scandal and potentially facing jail. Ed is pre-occupied with his own problems but he's a good guy and Jess's warmth and optimism and over-riding love for her kids takes him out of himself.

The journey up to Scotland is both funny and tragic. Jess and Ed find themselves caught up in a budding romance which is lovely and warm but it's the children who steal the show. Nicky especially with his geeky goth ways, he grows so much throughout the book.

The last word has to go to Norman, the family's enormous, drooling, flatulent, loyal, loveable dog. This book wouldn't be the same without him.

I loved this book and I will probably read it again which I don't say very often.
****1\2
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56 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the story of a family who didn't fit in 28 Feb 2014
By Denise4891 TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
I always get very excited at the thought of a new novel by Jojo Moyes and thankfully I wasn’t disappointed in this one.

Jess’s life is a mess – her ex has left her with two kids (and a smelly dog) to bring up, cash is in very short supply and she’s juggling two jobs just to stay afloat. When her mathematical genius daughter Tanzie gets a chance to enter a competition with a huge cash prize, Jess will stop at nothing to get her there. Meanwhile Ed Nicholls is also going through a bit of a rough time. Tricked into a spot of insider trading by a dodgy girlfriend, he faces losing the software business he built from scratch as well as the affluent lifestyle that went with it.

When Jess and Ed’s worlds collide, a very entertaining road trip ensues. Jojo Moyes writes with such warmth and empathy that you can’t help but like the characters she creates, even if their actions are infuriating and frustrating at times. She manages to infuse her storylines with some heartwarming moments and feel-good vibes, without them becoming sickly or over-sentimental. Although both Jess and Ed’s lifestyles are nothing like mine, I still believed in them and was rooting for them almost from the off. There are some very funny moments (mainly thanks to Norman the flatulent hound) but at times it’s also quite a poignant and thought-provoking read.

My favourite Jojo Moyes novel is still Me Before You (which would take some beating) but that said I was thoroughly entertained and amused by this very engaging tale.
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99 of 109 people found the following review helpful
By K. J. Noyes TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
There's 'chick lit' and then there's 'chick lit' (sorry - I dislike the term too). Some I wouldn't touch with a bargepole - I like a bit of 'meat' and depth which is often lacking. Since reading a World Book Night copy of 'Me Before You', I've mentally added Moyes to my list of 'willing to try more' writers. This sounded promising.

And it was. Even though at the heart of it is a basic boy-meets-girl, it's really a story about families. As with Me Before You, it starts with a rich, successful businessman and his life-changing problem - computer whizz-kid Ed is accused of insider trading and banished from his joint directorship while the case is investigated. A million miles away on a council estate, Jess is struggling with two jobs, two children and no child maintenance from her estranged husband. Working in a pub and running her own cleaning business, one of her customers one day rudely shuts a door in her face, having a bad day of his own.

It's a pure romantic-movie shuffle that get these two main characters into the same scene. And then another. It's the kind of story where you WANT certain things to happen, and the characters are well-enough written for you to feel you know who they are, you understand them, you want things to turn out well for them.

This applies to the other two main characters - just as important to the story are the children. Teenage Nicky is everything a typical teenager often is - withdrawn, sullen, introspective. Favouring gothic make-up, he becomes a target for a vicious local family. Younger Tanzie is also struggling in her surroundings, having an affinity for mathematics but no way of climbing out of the local school system in which Jess knows she'll also become a victim.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not one of her best books. At times I found the story line ...
Not one of her best books. At times I found the story line just a little bit unbelievable.
Published 8 minutes ago by Mrs Ann Charlton
4.0 out of 5 stars still loved it
Unlikely scenario, but hey, it's fiction, still loved it
Published 2 hours ago by Neil Arthur & Mrs GM Arthur
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Great book
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a very enjoyable read you really get to know the family and all their ups and downs.
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brilliant and funny
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite book this year - feel good whilst addressing some new...
Absolutely loved this book. I think my favourite book this year. Only my second Jojo Moyes book, but I already have another to read. Read more
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fabulous story I so enjoyed this book
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Absolutely loved this book. Characterisation was brilliant and loved the way the story unfolded - mostly on a long car journey!
Published 1 day ago by Nickie Southgate
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Jo Jo Moyes was recommended to me and this is the third book of hers that I have read. All her stories are totally different and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Read more
Published 1 day ago by I am sure the recipient will be pleased with the book. It arrived promptly in good condition.
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