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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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'A Separate Peace' by John Knowles

I recently finished A Separate Peace by John Knowles.

Set in an elite American boarding school for boys during WW2, it's centered around the friendship of Phineas and Gene.

'A Separate Peace' by John Knowles

I recently finished A Separate Peace by John Knowles.

Set in an elite American boarding school for boys during WW2, it's centered around the friendship of Phineas and Gene.

'Oryx and Crake' by Margaret Atwood

Warning - possible spoilers!

My first contact with the work of Margaret Atwood was in school. Among the many poems in the anthology we were reading, Atwood’s 'Song of the Worms' hooked me, particularly with the last few lines:

When we say Attack
you will hear nothing
at first.

'Oryx and Crake' by Margaret Atwood

Warning - possible spoilers!

My first contact with the work of Margaret Atwood was in school. Among the many poems in the anthology we were reading, Atwood’s 'Song of the Worms' hooked me, particularly with the last few lines:

When we say Attack
you will hear nothing
at first.

'Five Miles from Outer Hope' by Nicola Barker

This is one of those books that’s been sitting on my bookcase for years. The title intrigued me. I put it on the shelf and that was where it stayed, apart from a few fleeting moments when I took it down, looked at it and put it back again.

'Five Miles from Outer Hope' by Nicola Barker

This is one of those books that’s been sitting on my bookcase for years. The title intrigued me. I put it on the shelf and that was where it stayed, apart from a few fleeting moments when I took it down, looked at it and put it back again.

'Shanghai Baby' by Wei Hui

I started to read this book for several reasons. One, I’d had it on my shelf in French and never read it, found it in Kim’s Bookshop in Chichester and decided to use the opportunity. Two, I read a lot of Chinese books, both fiction and non-fiction, and have never yet been disappointed. And three, this particular book was banned in the PRC, apparently because of its risky and controversial content, piquing my curiosity.

'Shanghai Baby' by Wei Hui

I started to read this book for several reasons. One, I’d had it on my shelf in French and never read it, found it in Kim’s Bookshop in Chichester and decided to use the opportunity. Two, I read a lot of Chinese books, both fiction and non-fiction, and have never yet been disappointed. And three, this particular book was banned in the PRC, apparently because of its risky and controversial content, piquing my curiosity.

'Existence' by David Brin

As luck would have it, just as I finished reading this book, I came across the great sock-puppet book review controversy. It seems that certain authors (some self-published, some not) have been setting up fake accounts on Amazon, in order to post glowing reviews about their own books, and about those of their friends.

'Existence' by David Brin

As luck would have it, just as I finished reading this book, I came across the great sock-puppet book review controversy. It seems that certain authors (some self-published, some not) have been setting up fake accounts on Amazon, in order to post glowing reviews about their own books, and about those of their friends.

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