JOANNE HARRIS is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen 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.
So wise, so atmospheric, so beautifully writtenAs 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 ChocolatIs 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 ChocolatSensuous and thought-provoking...subtle and brilliant - Daily Telegraph on ChocolatMouthwatering...a feelgood book of the first order...your senses are left reeling. Read it - Observer on ChocolatSometimes 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 delightWith 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