Me Before You, By Jojo Moyes


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Jojo Moyes likes to explore new territory in every novel. Her latest heroine Lou Clark, knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop. But then she loses her job and finds herself applying for a position as a carer to a young paraplegic.

Her new charge, former city financier, Will Traynor, is confined to a wheel-chair after a tragic road accident and spends his days watching foreign language films.

Where Lou is sunny and sociable, Will is depressed and sarcastic. As Will's defences start to crumble, the two negotiate a more meaningful friendship. It's a compelling portrait of an unlikely couple that is less about disability than emotional accommodation.