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Q&A with Joanne Harris

First of all, we must thank Joanne for agreeing to this insanity.

Joanne Harris is the acclaimed writer of Chocolat. The sequel is called The Lollipop Shoes and she has just submitted Peaches For Monsieur Le Curé, the third novel featuring some of the same characters from both and which is due for publication at the end of May 2012.

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'Ignorance' by Michèle Roberts

I always wait patiently for the next Michèle Roberts book. It’s always worth the wait and ‘Ignorance’ was no different.

Set before and during the Second World War in France, it tells the story of two young girls, Jeanne and Marie-Angèle. Jeanne is rather down-at-heel, her mother washing clothes to make ends meet. Marie-Angèle is the daughter of a grocer and has high ambitions.

'Ignorance' by Michèle Roberts

I always wait patiently for the next Michèle Roberts book. It’s always worth the wait and ‘Ignorance’ was no different.

Set before and during the Second World War in France, it tells the story of two young girls, Jeanne and Marie-Angèle. Jeanne is rather down-at-heel, her mother washing clothes to make ends meet. Marie-Angèle is the daughter of a grocer and has high ambitions.

'Peaches for Monsieur le Curé' by Joanne Harris

Wow. Just... wow. I've just this moment finished reading this book, and it's blown my fucking socks off.

'Peaches for Monsieur le Curé' by Joanne Harris

Wow. Just... wow. I've just this moment finished reading this book, and it's blown my fucking socks off.

'The Lollipop Shoes' by Joanne Harris

This is the second time I've read this book, and the main reason I've chosen to read it again now is Joanne's new book, Peaches for Monsieur le Cure, was published late last month and I wanted to recap.

OK, so here it is. This follows on from Chocolat, and finds Vianne and Anouk, now going by the names of Yanne and Annie, running a chocolate shop in Paris. There is also now a young daughter, Rosette, who is under-developed and mute but who bears all the signs of being the child of someone we know well.

'The Lollipop Shoes' by Joanne Harris

This is the second time I've read this book, and the main reason I've chosen to read it again now is Joanne's new book, Peaches for Monsieur le Cure, was published late last month and I wanted to recap.

OK, so here it is. This follows on from Chocolat, and finds Vianne and Anouk, now going by the names of Yanne and Annie, running a chocolate shop in Paris. There is also now a young daughter, Rosette, who is under-developed and mute but who bears all the signs of being the child of someone we know well.

'By Midnight' by Mia James

By Midnight, the first Ravenwood Mystery by husband-wife team John and Tasmina Perry, was sent to me by Waterstones as part of the publicity campaign for the book. (Having a loyalty card comes in handy - you don't always need to buy anything to get free books!) This was back in 2010 and, to my discredit, I've only just read it. For whatever reason, I'd pick it up, then read something else instead.

However, this was a mistake on my part. A few days ago, I picked it up again and started reading - and realised how good the writing was.

'By Midnight' by Mia James

By Midnight, the first Ravenwood Mystery by husband-wife team John and Tasmina Perry, was sent to me by Waterstones as part of the publicity campaign for the book. (Having a loyalty card comes in handy - you don't always need to buy anything to get free books!) This was back in 2010 and, to my discredit, I've only just read it. For whatever reason, I'd pick it up, then read something else instead.

However, this was a mistake on my part. A few days ago, I picked it up again and started reading - and realised how good the writing was.

'The Magus of Java' by Kosta Danaos

I read this book because it’s kind of been ‘doing the rounds' among both instructors and students at my kung fu club. It seems like it’ll be a complex read, and indeed it is, but it’s so well written that the author has made it extremely accessible.

'The Magus of Java' by Kosta Danaos

I read this book because it’s kind of been ‘doing the rounds' among both instructors and students at my kung fu club. It seems like it’ll be a complex read, and indeed it is, but it’s so well written that the author has made it extremely accessible.

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