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Joanne Harris - Author

About the Author

Joanne Harris was our Guest Editor in June 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Joanne Harris is the author of the Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat (made into a major film starring Juliette Binoche), Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Jigs & Reels, and, with Fran Warde, The French Kitchen: A Cookbook. She lives in Huddersfield, Yorkshire, with her husband and daughter.

Fellow novelist ANNE BERRY on JOANNE HARRIS

I have thoroughly enjoyed all Joanne Harris’s books but Gentlemen and Players I quite simply adored. I loved the character Roy Straightley, an aging Classic’s teacher with a dicky heart, clinging tenaciously to honest old values, his delightfully ironic sense of humour, his warmth, his dedication. In his secure hands we are led into such a gripping story with so many twist and turns that my only sadness was that it had to end.

Featured books by Joanne Harris

Different Class

Different Class

Author: Joanne Harris Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/02/2017

With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new broom has arrived at the venerable school, bringing Powerpoint, sharp suits and even sixth form girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist this march to the future, a shadow from his past is stirring. A boy who even twenty years on haunts his teacher's dreams. A boy capable of bad things.

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The Gospel of Loki

The Gospel of Loki

Author: Joanne Harris Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/02/2014

The novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods - retold from the point of view of the world's ultimate trickster, Loki. It tells the story of Loki's recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself.

A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String

A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String

Author: Joanne Harris Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Stories are like Russian dolls; open them up, and in each one you'll find another story. Come to the house where it is Christmas all year round; meet the ghost who lives on a Twitter timeline; be spooked by a newborn baby created with sugar, spice and lashings of cake. Conjured from a wickedly imaginative pen, here is a new collection of short stories that showcases Joanne Harris' exceptional talent as a teller of tales, a spinner of yarns. Sensuous, mischievous, uproarious and wry, here are tales that combine the everyday with the unexpected; wild fantasy with bittersweet reality.

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Other books by Joanne Harris

The Strawberry Thief

The Strawberry Thief

Author: Joanne Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/04/2019

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...

Different Class

Different Class

Author: Joanne Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/02/2017

After thirty years at St Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its clowns, its rebels, its underdogs, its `Brodie' boys who, whilst of course he doesn't have favourites, hold a special place in an old teacher's heart. But every so often there's a boy who doesn't fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy with hidden shadows inside. With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new broom has arrived at the venerable school, bringing Powerpoint, sharp suits and even sixth form girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist this march to the future, a shadow from his past is stirring. A boy who even twenty years on haunts his teacher's dreams. A boy capable of bad things.

Different Class

Different Class

Author: Joanne Harris Format: Paperback Release Date: 09/02/2017

With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new broom has arrived at the venerable school, bringing Powerpoint, sharp suits and even sixth form girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist this march to the future, a shadow from his past is stirring. A boy who even twenty years on haunts his teacher's dreams. A boy capable of bad things.

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Dead Letters: An Anthology An Anthology

Dead Letters: An Anthology An Anthology

Author: Joanne Harris, China Mieville, Conrad Williams, Nicholas Royle Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/2016

The Dead Letters Office: the final repository of the undelivered. Love missives unread, gifts unreceived, lost in postal limbo. Dead Letters: An Anthology features new stories from the masters of horror, fantasy and speculative fiction, each inspired by object from the Dead Letters Office. Featuring original stories by:Joanne Harris * Maria Dahvana Headley & China Mieville * Michael Marshall Smith * Lisa Tuttle * Ramsey Campbell * Pat Cadigan * Steven Hall * Alison Moore * Adam LG Nevill * Nina Allan * Christopher Fowler * Muriel Gray * Andrew Lane * Angela Slatter * Claire Dean * Nicholas Royle * Kirsten Kaschock

Different Class

Different Class

Author: Joanne Harris Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 30/03/2016

The gripping new psychological thriller from Joanne Harris, to follow her bestselling Gentlemen & Players and Blueeyedboy. Perfect for fans of Claire Mackintosh, BA Paris. Paula Hawkins and Tracy Chevalier. After thirty years at St Oswald's Grammar in North Yorkshire, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all kinds of boys come and go. Each class has its clowns, its rebels, its underdogs, its `Brodie' boys who, whilst of course he doesn't have favourites, hold a special place in an old teacher's heart. But every so often there's a boy who doesn't fit the mould. A troublemaker. A boy with hidden shadows inside. With insolvency and academic failure looming, a new broom has arrived at the venerable school, bringing Powerpoint, sharp suits and even sixth form girls to the dusty corridors. But while Straitley does his sardonic best to resist this march to the future, a shadow from his past is stirring. A boy who even twenty years on haunts his teacher's dreams. A boy capable of bad things. 'A masterpiece of misdirection' Val McDermid; 'Compellingly suspenseful...both a splendidly dark comedy and a disturbing thriller' Ramsey Campbell; 'Terrific twists pile up at a highly satisfying rate...you'll be hooked' James Walton, Reader's Digest What the critics said about Joanne Harris' psychological thrillers: 'A terrific and absorbing suspense novel...twists and turns to keep you on your toes' - Peter Robinson; 'Gripping psychological thriller...one of our most accomplished novelists... pace, wit and acute observation...at the top of her form' - Daily Express; 'The plot is so cleverly constructed, the tension so unflagging, you'd think she'd been writing thrillers all her life' Daily Mail; '[A] clever story of obsession and revenge' - Sunday Telegraph

Doctor Who: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller (Time Trips)

Doctor Who: The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller (Time Trips)

Author: Joanne Harris Format: eBook Release Date: 04/09/2014

Struggling to get back to UNIT HQ, his body being destroyed by radiation, the Third Doctor arrives in the most perfect English village, where everyone is happy. But is he really on Earth, or somewhere far more strange? As his body weakens, the Doctor and the Queen of the village begin to unravel the truth.

The Little Book of Chocolat

The Little Book of Chocolat

Author: Joanne Harris, Fran Warde Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/03/2014

Try me ...test me ...taste me ...Joanne Harris' Chocolat trilogy has tantalized readers with its sensuous descriptions of chocolate since it was first published. Now, to celebrate the much-loved story of Vianne Rocher's deliciously decadent chocolaterie, Joanne Harris and Fran Warde have created the ultimate book of chocolate lore and recipes from around the world, bringing a touch of magic to your kitchen.

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A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String

A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String

Author: Joanne Harris Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/01/2014

Stories are like Russian dolls; open them up, and in each one you'll find another story. Come to the house where it is Christmas all year round; meet the ghost who lives on a Twitter timeline; be spooked by a newborn baby created with sugar, spice and lashings of cake. Conjured from a wickedly imaginative pen, here is a new collection of short stories that showcases Joanne Harris' exceptional talent as a teller of tales, a spinner of yarns. Sensuous, mischievous, uproarious and wry, here are tales that combine the everyday with the unexpected; wild fantasy with bittersweet reality.

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Himmlische Traume

Himmlische Traume

Author: Joanne Harris Format: eBook Release Date: 08/03/2013

Vianne Rocher lebt mit ihren Tochtern auf einem Hausboot in Paris. Noch immer verzaubern ihre Schokoladenkreationen die Menschen. Eines Tages erhalt sie einen Brief. Ihre alte Freundin Armande bittet sie, zuruck nach Lansquenet zu kommen. Das Stadtchen braucht ihre Hilfe ... Der Duft von Pfirsichen und ein verheiungsvoller Wind treiben Vianne in Richtung Sden. Und wirklich, der kleine Ort ist zutiefst zerstritten, und ausgerechnet der Priester Reynaud scheint hinter allem zu stecken.

Gastronomicon/The Ugly Sister (Storycuts)

Gastronomicon/The Ugly Sister (Storycuts)

Author: Joanne Harris Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

In 'Gastronomicon', Ernest's wife is a wonderful cook, aided by recipes from the ancient leather book - a family treasure - passed down to her by her mother-in-law. To celebrate their twenty-fifth wedding anniversary, she undertakes to cook a very special meal - but what are the sounds of deep pounding and tolling bells that come from beyond the kitchen wall? In 'The Ugly Wife' some important questions are posed: What does it feel like to be the Ugly Sister? Will she spend her life looking for love in vain? Or will she finally find her happily-ever-after: a man who sees past appearances and who will love her for who she really is?Part of the Storycuts series, these short stories were previously published in the collection Jigs & Reels.

Auto-da-f /Free Spirit/Fule s Gold (Storycuts)

Auto-da-f /Free Spirit/Fule s Gold (Storycuts)

Author: Joanne Harris Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

In 'Auto-da-f ', a man's car defines him. Until the Rep of the Year, in his smart blue BMW, goes head-to- head in a showdown with V-man in his smug black Volvo saloon. But who is the real loser in this game?In 'Free Spirit', a wanderer, a party animal, goes wherever the wind blows, going home to bed with one person after another, old or young, healthy or corrupt, male or female. And then moves on, without regrets, without ever looking back...In 'Fule's Gold', Mr Fisher has taught at St Swithin's for over forty years, but is resigned to the total lack of imagination of the boys in his creative writing class. Until the day he opens one exercise book and discovers the Holy Grail of literature: an essay of total freshness and originality. But is it just too good to have been written by a mere schoolboy? Part of the Storycuts series, these three stories were previously published in the collection Jigs & Reels.

Breakfast at Tesco s (Storycuts)

Breakfast at Tesco s (Storycuts)

Author: Joanne Harris Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2011

Miss Golighty is no young Holly, and the supermarket caf where she regularly has breakfast is no Tiffany's. When she befriends Cheryl, the tarty young waitress and teaches her to love old films, she finds a way to help her young friend find the courage to seek a better new life.Part of the Storycuts series, this short story was previously published in the collection Jigs & Reels.