The Ship of Brides by Jojo Moyes Hodder, $101 Jojo Moyes' grandmother was the impetus for this book, based on the long journey made by young Australian women after the second world war. The fictional account focuses on four war brides who in 1946 are among hundreds of women, all on their way to be reunited with their husbands, sailing aboard naval ships from Sydney to Britain. The six-week journey inevitably changes the lives of those onboard. '[My grandmother] told me this extraordinary story about how they had ended up on an aircraft carrier with a thousand men below,' Moyes, a journalist, told Good Reading Magazine. The more she heard, the more she realised she had the makings of a book. Research also helped, with snippets extracted from such sources as the papers of naval architect Richard Lowery. 'We had one murder, one suicide, one air force officer who went crazy,' he wrote. 'All of this against the background of a crew ... [engaging] in virtually public gymnastic sexual activity [with the brides].' That revelation alone should ensure readership.