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A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris
  

A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String

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A collection of short stories from an author who writes both human tales and those with a slightly mystical/fey element to them. Some reintroduce the same characters later on, some bring in an element of danger that has you really on the edge of your seat and some leave you smiling. A lovely collection from a very fine author.

If you like Joanne Harris you might also like to read books by Ian McEwan, Alice Munro and Victoria Hislop.

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A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris

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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Reviews

'A vibrant tombola of stories...each a commute-friendly 20-or-so pages long.' - Time Out

'Harris inhabits a world where fantasy and reality collide in a most inventive way to produce a series of delightful, bittersweet yarns.' - Bella

'Harris is an intriguing writer, so this is worth a punt, if only to savour the seasonal horror of the story about a house where it's Christmas all year round.' - The Lady

About the Author

Joanne Harris

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.

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Book Info

Publication date

16th January 2014

Author

Joanne Harris

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Author's Website

www.joanne-harris.co.uk/

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Publisher

Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd

Format

Paperback
288 pages

Categories

Short Story Collections
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9780552778794

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