The compelling new novel from the author of the bestselling Chocolat.
Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her 'special' child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.
But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray. The arrival of Narcisse's relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist's across the square - one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own - all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence - even, perhaps, a murder...
About the Author
Joanne Harris was born of a French mother and English father, and spent most of her childhood holidays on the island of Noirmoutier, in southern Brittany and Nerac, in Gascony, where she was immersed in French village life, folklore and tradition. She is the author of two previous novels, Sleep, Pale Sister
and The Evil Seed
. Her fourth, Blackberry Wine
was published in March 2000 to great critical acclaim. Joanne lives in Yorkshire with her husband and young daughter.
So wise, so atmospheric, so beautifully written
As her legions of fans already know, Joanne Harris has created a very special place in Lansquenet-sous-Tannes. It's the kind of quaint (yet ever-evolving) little village that we feel we might stumble upon on our next trip to France. It is too a place of magic and mysteries, and Harris excels in this delicate balance of realism and enchantment
. This alchemy is amply demonstrated In The Strawberry Thief
, in which we meet old friends and new, uncover long-held secrets and, along the way, explore the nature of guilt, responsibility and love. It will intrigue and charm readers every bit as much as Chocolat
Is this the best book ever written? Truly excellent...Harris's achievement is not only in her story, in her insight and humour and the wonderful picture of small-town life in rural France, but also in her writing - Literary Review on Chocolat
Sensuous and thought-provoking...subtle and brilliant - Daily Telegraph on Chocolat
Mouthwatering...a feelgood book of the first order...your senses are left reeling. Read it - Observer on Chocolat
Sometimes you don't need to worry about a novel at all. You open the book, start reading, and find that it's sheer pleasure from start to finish
. The Strawberry Thief
is a delight
With The Strawberry Thief
Harris proves that earlier episodes of Chocolat
were only the first tiers in an expanding box of delights. But just as she reveals new layers in her mysterious, magical world
she also opens a doorway to darkness. Mark her down as a sweet tooth at your peril, for there's a sharp bite too. I devoured it in one goCompelling, captivating, incredibly moving
, The Strawberry Thief
whirls you into a thrilling world you will never forget. Harris's Vianne is as unforgettable and courageous as ever, and Lansquenet-sous-Tannes is depicted with such heart and beautiful detail that it is marvellously alive - as everything in the village changes overnight. I loved this book. A perfect novel that shimmers with brilliance and truth