Skip to Content

I'd like to be the Puccini of fiction.

5 October 2015

‘Just because a book is classified by that dreaded term "women's commercial fiction" doesn't mean that it can't take a look at societal issues or address things which are going on in the world, whether it's extremes in wealth or opportunity, or what happens when you're working for a company that puts you on a zero hours contract. If I can make people think while also being accessible, and possibly make them laugh and cry a bit at the same time, then, frankly, I don't care what they call me. I'd like to be the Puccini of fiction. I'm unembarrassed by the joy of making people feel something...

... after seven books that didn't sell terribly well, you really do start to question whether yours are the books people actually want to read. And then Me Before You was such a success that people turned to the backlist - having those sales suddenly take off made me feel vindicated.'

Jojo Moyes, author of Me Before You and After You in the Observer