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Jo Platt

Jo Platt was born in Liverpool in 1968 and, via the extremely winding route of rural Wiltshire, London, Seattle and St Albans, is now settled, with a husband and two children, in Bristol.

After studying English at King's College London, her first paid employment was as a besuited office worker in a large City institution. After ten years in the City, Jo escaped into motherhood and part-time employment, first as an assistant teacher in a Seattle pre-school and, more latterly, as a Bristol-based secretary.

Her second novel, It Was You, is published in May 2016.

Jo is currently working on her third novel. 



It Was You

Alice Waites has been single for almost two years. And when her close friends in The Short Book Group gently question her distinct lack of interest in dating, she decides the time has come to deal with the past and open herself up to new possibilities.

Along the way, she discovers the secret heartache, well-meant scheming and cold, calculating deceit of those around her. But the most devastating truth revealed is the one which she has kept hidden from herself: her feelings for a man so close, that he seems completely out of reach.

It Was You is a story of love, loss, and relationships under wraps. Alternately touching and funny, it charts one woman’s, somewhat haphazard, journey to self-discovery and beyond.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
German Rowohlt
Estonian Varrak

Reading Upside Down

"Perfect setting, perfect dress, perfect flowers, one hundred and eight guests - and one, total and utter, rat."

Abandoned without explanation at the altar, 30 year-old Rosalind Shaw descends into the kind of depression which involves her watching too much daytime TV and not bothering to shower as regularly as her mother would like.

After several inebriated, unwashed, months, Ros relocates from the city centre and begins a new life in the suburbs, as part owner of an antiquarian bookshop, "Chapters".

Here she finds herself working alongside the intellectual, and intensely private, Andrew; the kind-hearted, sartorially splendid, Georgina; and Joan, a free-spirited, loose cannon of a pensioner, with a penchant for amateur dramatics and outdoor nudity.

However, just when Ros begins to feel that life might be starting to improve, her rather hairy neighbour, Daniel, knocks on her door with a bunch of flowers, a nervous grin and some rather distressing news...

Reading Upside Down is a funny, feel-good novel of mistaken assumptions and misread intentions; of feelings hurt and forgiveness bestowed.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
Brazil (Portuguese) Rocco
Czech Republic Euromedia
Estonia Varrak
German Rowohlt
Italy RCS Rizzoli
Slovakia Ikar

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