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Where to start reading Jojo Moyes

Curious about Someone Else's Shoes? We’ve rounded up Jojo Moyes' best books to get you hooked on a writer at the top of her game

Jojo Moyes has been capturing the romance, warmth and drama of everyday lives for more than 20 years, after her first novel Sheltering Rain was released in 2002. Since then, she's gone on to write 14 more novels which have sold more than 40 million copies worldwide. Moyes once told The Guardian that she was "curious about what happens to those people struggling to get somewhere in a society that increasingly tells them they can’t succeed, where the odds are stacked against them", and with characters as memorable - and lovable - as Me Before You's Lou Clarke, she's put ordinary people on the page in a way that has kept readers rapt.

But how to delve into such a rich back catalogue? Should you start in a particular fashion, or follow characters in the order they were published? Below we suggest a way through. While Moyes has delved into both modern life and historical landscapes - The Giver of Stars looks to rural America in the 1930s, while The Girl You Left Behind is based in France in 1916 - her ability to channel human grit, persistence and courage flows throughout her novels, with both heartbreaking and uplifting results. Her latest novel, Someone Else's Shoes, builds on Moyes' unique ability to capture ordinary womanhood into a novel that will change how readers see the stranger standing next to them.

If you've never read any Jojo Moyes, now is a great time to start. Here are our top picks of her glittering back catalogue:

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