Return to the world of the multi-million-copy bestselling Chocolat with Joanne Harris’s new novel The Strawberry Thief
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The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris is out now from Jonathan Ball Publishers!
By now I ought to know that wind. It smells of other places. It promises danger, and sunlight, and joy. It dances through the motes of light in shades of chilli and peppercorn. It catches at the back of the throat like unexpected laughter. And in the end it takes them all; everything you laboured for. Everything you imagined you could somehow take with you. And it always begins in a moment of playfulness; even of joy. A moment of brightness between the clouds. A taste of sweetness; a ringing of bells.
Sometimes, even a fall of snow.
About the book
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 …
So wise, so atmospheric, so beautifully written. – Marian Keyes
The most magical, stunningly beautiful novel … I sobbed at the end because I couldn’t bear to leave. Joanne is truly one of the world’s finest storytellers. – Joanna Cannon
A place of magic and mysteries, and Harris excels in this delicate balance of realism and enchantment … It will intrigue and charm readers every bit as much as Chocolat. – Monica Ali
About the author
Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include 14 novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. In 2000, her 1999 novel Chocolat was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.