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Joanne Harris (1) (1964–)

Author of Chocolat

For other authors named Joanne Harris, see the disambiguation page.

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Works by Joanne Harris

Chocolat (1999) 7,850 copies
Five Quarters of the Orange (2001) 3,958 copies
Gentlemen and Players (2005) 2,371 copies
Blackberry Wine (2000) 2,231 copies
The Lollipop Shoes (2008) 2,200 copies
Holy Fools (2003) 1,641 copies
Coastliners (2002) 1,557 copies
Runemarks (2007) 1,280 copies
The Gospel of Loki (2014) 1,066 copies
Sleep, Pale Sister (1994) 726 copies
Jigs & Reels: Stories (2004) 653 copies
Blueeyedboy (2010) 474 copies
Different Class (2017) 371 copies
The Strawberry Thief (2019) 236 copies
The Evil Seed (1992) 232 copies
Runelight (2011) 215 copies
The Testament of Loki (2018) 200 copies
A Pocketful of Crows (2017) 189 copies
Honeycomb (2021) 160 copies
A Narrow Door (2021) 152 copies
The Blue Salt Road (2018) 115 copies
Broken Light (2023) 78 copies
Orfeia (2020) 66 copies
Little Book of Chocolat (2014) 14 copies
Waiting for Gandalf (2011) 4 copies
Joanne Harris: Audible Sessions (2016) — Interviewed — 2 copies
The Shed: Essay (2021) 1 copy
Fine lies (1998) 1 copy
The Blood of Wolfbane (2015) 1 copy

Associated Works

Wyrd Sisters (1988) — Introduction, some editions — 12,472 copies
Stories: All-New Tales (2010) — Contributor — 1,393 copies
The Writer's Map: An Atlas of Imaginary Lands (2018) — Contributor — 417 copies
Fearie Tales (2013) — Contributor — 109 copies
Boy in Darkness and Other Stories (2007) — Foreword — 97 copies
Doctor Who: Time Trips (2015) — Contributor — 83 copies
In bed with … (2008) — Contributor — 56 copies
Dead Letters (2016) — Contributor — 54 copies
Twice Cursed: An Anthology (2023) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Sunday Night Book Club (2006) — Contributor — 43 copies
Beacons: Stories for Our Not So Distant Future (2013) — Contributor — 34 copies
Why Willows Weep: Contemporary Tales from the Woods (2011) — Contributor — 22 copies
Horrorology (1638) — Contributor — 21 copies
Because I Am a Girl (2010) — Contributor — 21 copies
A Day in the Life (2003) — Contributor — 15 copies
Writer's Market UK 2009 (2008) — Foreword — 8 copies
Who Was Betty?: A Whimsical Collection of Tall Stories (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies
Faerie Magazine, #26 Spring 2014 (2014) — Contributor — 4 copies
Other Realms (sampler) (2011) — Contributor — 2 copies
Faerie Magazine, #43 Summer 2018: Mermaid Issue (2018) — Contributor — 2 copies


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Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris in Orange January/July (October 2011)


I really enjoyed reading Joanne Harris' book Chocolat. Set in a small French town in the present day, it tells the story of Vianne Rocher and her young daughter Anouk, fresh arrivals to the town, and ones viewed with suspicion. It is even rumoured that - *gasp* - she is a witch.

Witch or not, Vianne makes her living making and selling the world's best chocolate, tempting, aromatic, irresistable. So good is the chocolate that Pere Reynaud, the parish priest of the church across the street, loathes her on sight. She has chosen to open her chocolaterie on the first day of Lent, and already his parishoners are breaking their Lenten vows to taste the wonderful chocolates. Pere Reynaud is angry about absolutely everything, is not a good man, and hates the new residents, absolutely loathes them. He is not a particularly Christian man.

When gypsies on their houseboats arrive in Lansquenet, everything changes. Now there is an outlet for Reynaud's rage, new friends for Vianne and Anouk to welcome, and the ticking time bomb you hear is the sound of the disaster that blows up when the villagers take sides for and against the residents of the colourful houseboats on the river.

Sensual, magical, written with passion, Chocolat was a lovely treat.
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ahef1963 | 200 other reviews | May 9, 2024 |
First, I’d like to congratulate anyone who (a) has the resilience to finish a manuscript; and (b) has the fortitude to put themselves out into the world and publish a book. It is because of these two factors that I don’t rate anything below a 3, for the two factors listed above, authors are simply deserving of at least a three. Now, for the review.

I have said it before, I am often disappointed after reading a book that has received incredible hype; especially if that hype was in regard to a movie made from a book. I again, have this feeling.

Chocolat is a good book, it is, in my opinion, not “delicious” or an “amazement of riches,” as touted in the book’s cover reviews. It is simply a well-written, easy to read book about a chocolatier gypsy who, for whatever reason, has her empathic insights likened to witchery - but only once or twice is this brought up; therefore, the witch concept was lot on me.

There was the beginning of a love interest where an abused parishioner of the local church leaves her husband and falls for a river man. Ugh - there was just nothing there. And then there was antagonist, the local priest. I really couldn’t grasp what his role was other than he was a bully in a cassock.

Would I recommend, Chocolat? Yes. Why, after no so great a review? Because there is nothing wrong with the book, it was just not all that entertaining to me. The writing is above average for sure and that alone is worth reading it.
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LyndaWolters1 | 200 other reviews | Apr 3, 2024 |
Sleep Pale Sister. As dreamy and ethereal as its title, as ghostly sweet as the cover art promises, that is Harris’ beautifully told gothic master piece. Read it and agree with me
nitrolpost | 21 other reviews | Mar 19, 2024 |
Peaches may be in the title of this novel and are a major motif throughout, but what else was I going to indulge in when we’re about as far away from fresh peach season as possible? Chocolate of course! After the tumultuous events of the previous novel, where Vianne and Anouk almost lost it all to trickster Zosie, and a well timed letter from their dearly departed friend Armandé it is time for their little family to return to Lansquenet. Alongside them follows their familiar winds, but what they don’t realize (even with Armandé’s warning that their help will be desperately needed) is how much things have changed in the sleepy little village that they stired up with their chocolaterie. The winds have already blown in a new group of people, immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa, whose customs are even farther removed than Vianne’s in the eyes of some of the villagers. Some are just fine and make friends with the newcomers at first, but their stubborn curate Reynaud has a hard time acclimatizing to the new realities in France (and in the practises of his own church) and runs afoul of the group by apparent accident. The story is rife with small town sensibilities (and their inescapable micro dramas), and in a surprising twist we find ourselves spending much of the story inside the character of the obdurate priest as he struggles with his faith, his community, and ultimately his heart. Reynaud may be a bit of an unlikeable character from the outside, as his cold demeanour does not win him friends or even passive allies, but seeing the town from his perspective is a gratifying structural element that keeps the story from becoming a politicized retelling of the first novel in the series. Harris also steps away from what we might expect from a triumphant return to Lansquenet with the highly modernized story that relies on current events to drive everything - we may be back in small town France, but the themes about female empowerment, immigration, and changing times are fraught with an all to realistic tension. There were definitely parts of the story that felt distinctly uncomfortable in comparison to the cozier tendencies of Vianne’s usual stories, and a few characters and events felt particularly fraught, but by the finale Harris revealed a surprising depth of knowledge about the Muslim community and the impacts and changes that its women are going through. Vianne, Anouk, and Rosette (and their chocolate) are far smaller characters it seems in this story, but in doing so they make room for new and unique stories to be told: those of Reynaud, the Woman in Black Inès Bencharki, and of the new community that calls Lansequenet home.… (more)
JaimieRiella | 37 other reviews | Mar 9, 2024 |



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