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Radio 2 Book Club - Someone Else's Shoes

The first book to be featured on the Zoe Ball Radio 2 Book Club will be Someone Else’s Shoes, the highly anticipated new novel from bestselling author Jojo Moyes. The book is released on 2 February and Jojo will be on the show with Zoe on Tuesday 24th January.

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Someone Else’s Shoes

Nisha Cantor and Sam Kemp are two very different women.

Nisha lives the globetrotting life of the seriously wealthy, until her husband inexplicably cuts her off entirely. She doesn’t even have the shoes she was, until a moment ago, standing in.

That’s because Sam, struggling to keep herself and her family afloat, has accidentally taken Nisha’s gym bag.

Now Nisha’s got nothing. And Sam’s walking tall with shoes that catch eyes – and give her career an unexpected boost.

Except Nisha wants her life back – and she’ll start with her shoes…

Selection panel review

The book was selected with the help of a panel of library staff from across the UK. Our readers loved Someone Else’s Shoes – here are some of their comments:

“This was an enjoyable, feel-good book. The characters were believable and some of their problems were very relatable. The writing and the pacing were engaging. There is a good number of characters, giving plenty of opportunities to reflect upon how you would behave in the various situations that arise, without making the plot too diluted or confusing. It also touches on some important issues – for example, I really enjoyed the fact that the sub-plot focused on men’s mental health, as this topic is underdiscussed – I believe it could lead to some important discussions and awareness.”

“Such a fabulous feel-good read. I think this one would be great for book clubs to read and enjoy, and then talk about the issues it raises too.”

“A story that follows two women’s lives when the accidentally swap shoes. Two middle-aged women living very different lives but both struggling to keep their families together. Very much character driven and easy to read.”

About the author

Jojo Moyes is a novelist and screenwriter. Her books include the bestsellers Me Before You, After You and Still Me, The One Plus One, The Giver of Stars, the forthcoming Someone Else’s Shoes and her short story collection Paris for One and Other Stories. Jojo’s novels have been translated into forty-six languages, have hit the number one spot in twelve countries and have sold fifty-one million copies worldwide.

Me Before You has now sold over fifteen million copies worldwide and was adapted into a major film starring Sam Claflin and Emilia Clarke. Jojo lives in Essex.

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