Tuesday 26 March 2019

The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris @Joannechocolat BLOG TOUR @orionbooks #TheStrawberryThief @Tr4cyF3nt0n

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...

The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris is published by Orion on 4 April 2019, and is the fourth in the series that began with Chocolat, twenty years ago.
Chocolat and the following books are some of my all-time favourite books, and I can assure you that The Strawberry Thief is just as good as the others, if not better.
I loved it, and my review will be published very soon

As part of the Blog Tour, organised by Tracy Fenton from Compulsive Readers, I'm delighted to welcome author Joanne Harris to Random Things today, she's talking about the books that are special to her in My Life in Books

My Life in Books - Joanne Harris 

Myths of the Norsemen: H.A. Guerber. Out of print even when I first read it, this was one of the great influences of my childhood. A compendium of Scandinavian and Icelandic myths, from which arose my lifelong fascination for old Norse mythology, language and culture.

Nights At the Circus: Angela Carter. Flamboyant, feminist and funny, steampunk before the term was coined, this novel is a pure delight, and featuring one of the most appealing heroines I’ve ever read – Fevvers, the Cockney bird-woman, whose irrepressible nature and raucous, unapologetic voice marks her out as one of the most memorable creations in literature.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle, by Shirley Jackson. A powerful, frightening tale of deception, affection, small-town life and the horrors of the mundane, by the ultimate unreliable narrator.

R is for Rocket: Ray Bradbury. A vibrant and wonderful short story collection from one of the 20th century’s great masters of the art. Bradbury’s prose is magical; evocative, crisp and filled with unabashed joie-de-vivre.

Gormenghast: Mervyn Peake. Dense, ominous, strange and compelling, Peake’s masterwork defies categorization, and continues to offer new insights and perspectives at every re-reading.

Les Misérables: Victor Hugo. One of the great passions of my adolescence, by the author that ruined Dickens for me forever; a massive, breathtaking novel, thrilling but literary, perfectly poised between epic and melodrama.

The Inimitable Jeeves: P.G. Wodehouse. One of my perennial comfort reads. After all these years in print, still as surprisingly witty and fresh as a Noel Coward musical.

From a Buick 8: Stephen King. An existential portrait of life in small-town rural America, and a chilling glimpse into the horror of everyday things.

Blood Meridian: Cormac McCarthy. The bleakest of Westerns, written in the darkest, most thundering Biblical prose. I love it.

Perfumes, the Guide: Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez. Articles, history and reviews ranging from the elegiac to the hilariously scathing. Bitchier than Joan Collins; cleverer than Stephen Fry.

The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide To the Galaxy: Douglas Adams. It seems a little obvious to put this on the list, and yet, no list seems complete without it. Funny, wise and perennially true, sci-fi wouldn’t be the same without it.

Joanne Harris - March 2019 

Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French writer, 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.
Chocolat has sold over a million copies in the UK alone and was a global bestseller.
She is an honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.

Twitter : @Joannechocolat
Instagram : @joannechocolat
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