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Chapter Seventy

Jojo Moyes

Going Global

Jessica Strawser

It’s always come down to two things for Jojo Moyes: writing and motherhood.

The London native worked as a journalist for ten years, including time at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong and The Independent in the U.K. But once she and her husband started a family, she aimed for a more manageable work-life balance and decided to try her hand at a different kind of writing. In 2002 her first novel hit U.K. bookshelves, and for almost a decade she made a rather quiet, sustainable living writing books marketed largely to romance readers.

She started drawing more notice—and more mainstream fiction audiences on both sides of the pond—with 2011’s The Last Letter from Your Lover, an intricately ...

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