A book of short stories from the author of CHOCOLAT
Joanne Harris's Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat was
made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and
Johnny Depp. She is the author of many other bestselling novels,
including Lollipop Shoes and Peaches for Monsieur le
Cure, both also featuring Vianne Rocher, as is her new novel
The Strawberry Thief. She has also written acclaimed novels
in such diverse genres as fantasy based on Norse myth
(Runemarks, Runelight, The Gospel of Loki),
and the Malbry cycle of dark psychological thrillers (Gentlemen
& Players, Blueeyedboy, and Different Class).
Born in Barnsley, of an English father and a French mother, she spent fifteen years as a teacher before (somewhat reluctantly) becoming a full-time writer. In 2013, she was awarded an MBE. She lives in Yorkshire, plays bass and flute in a band first formed when she was sixteen, and works in a shed in her garden.
Harris, author of the bestsellers Chocolat and Holy Fools, delivers 22 sharp and wickedly provocative stories. In "Faith and Hope Go Shopping," two elderly women dream of escaping their nursing home and trading in their leatherette slip-ons for the perfect pair of Jimmy Choos. The narrator of "A Place in the Sun" goes to desperate lengths to penetrate the all-exclusive Platinum Sands beach, from which everyone but the "infinitely sexy, ultimately desirable" is barred. In "The Ugly Sister," Harris casts one of Cinderella's stepsisters in a sympathetic light, bringing an equally notorious and misunderstood fairy tale character into the picture to steal her heart. The protagonist of "Come in, Mr. Lowry, Your Number Is Up!" wins the lottery and spends his money recklessly only to discover that the ominous thing he truly wants he cannot buy. And when Angela K, the 29-year-old society columnist of "Hello, Goodbye" covers a celebrity funeral, she comes to understand the bizarre attraction of death and the twisted emotions that often accompany it. With themes ranging from ageism to magic and the harrowing intricacies of relationships, Harris's varied tales capture and magnify our hopes and flaws. Agent, Howard Morhaim. (Sept.) Forecast: Known for her sensual food-centered tales-though Holy Fools dabbled in darker waters-Harris makes a sharp turn into the frothy and clever; this may dismay some old fans, but win her new ones. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Witty, moving and thought-provoking, Jigs & Reels is a treat
* Time Out *
Tantalising and suggestive, and leaves us wanting more * The Sunday Times *
She revels in the blackly comic, with twisted tales that will pleasantly surprise fans while attracting a whole new audience * Glamour *
Evocative, mystical and funny - perfect for curling up on the sofa with * Company *
A stunning compilation... A magical experience from beginning to end -- Rula Lenska
Quite a cache: 22 juicy stories. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.