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The Strawberry Thief : From the author of Chocolat - Joanne Harris

The Strawberry Thief

From the author of Chocolat

Paperback Published: 9th April 2019
ISBN: 9781409170761
Number Of Pages: 368

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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.

Industry Reviews

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 go

Compelling, 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

ISBN: 9781409170761
ISBN-10: 1409170764
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 9th April 2019
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.1 x 16.3  x 2.8
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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Joanne Harris

About the Author


Joanne Harris (MBE) was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels, including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche .  


Since then, she has written 15 more novels, two novellas, two collections of short stories, a Dr Who novella, guest episodes for the game Zombies, Run, the libretti for two short operas, several screenplays, a musical and three cookbooks. Her books are now published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, has honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of Sheffield and Huddersfield, and has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science, as well as for the Fragrance Foundation awards for perfume and perfume journalism (for which she also received an award in 2017) .


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