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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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'The Silver Thread' by Kylie Fitzpatrick

The Silver Thread by Kylie Fitzpatrick is one of those rare books that look as though they’ll take you an age to read… but I devoured this one in four days. One of the huge batch of proof copies from a local bookshop, this was the first one I took out of the bags when I was exploring, and it practically had my name on it, so I nabbed it, along with one or two others, to keep in my stash (being the boss of a writers’ circle definitely has its perks!).

'The Silver Thread' by Kylie Fitzpatrick

The Silver Thread by Kylie Fitzpatrick is one of those rare books that look as though they’ll take you an age to read… but I devoured this one in four days. One of the huge batch of proof copies from a local bookshop, this was the first one I took out of the bags when I was exploring, and it practically had my name on it, so I nabbed it, along with one or two others, to keep in my stash (being the boss of a writers’ circle definitely has its perks!).

'This Is Not Forgiveness' by Celia Rees

If there’s one thing that can be said for a book that begins with the main character staring at an urn containing his brother’s ashes, it’s that you’re sure as hell not putting down the book until you find out how he dies.

'This Is Not Forgiveness' by Celia Rees

If there’s one thing that can be said for a book that begins with the main character staring at an urn containing his brother’s ashes, it’s that you’re sure as hell not putting down the book until you find out how he dies.

'The Teleportation Accident' by Ned Beauman

I’d never heard of Ned Beauman before. He wrote Boxer, Beetle, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2010 and the Desmond Elliot Prize in 2011. Still, I’d never heard of him. So when Brighton Plot Bunnies were given several proof copies from local bookshops, and this was among them, I really, desperately hoped it would be as good as the front cover promised, as I am a sucker for Art Deco design.

'The Teleportation Accident' by Ned Beauman

I’d never heard of Ned Beauman before. He wrote Boxer, Beetle, which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2010 and the Desmond Elliot Prize in 2011. Still, I’d never heard of him. So when Brighton Plot Bunnies were given several proof copies from local bookshops, and this was among them, I really, desperately hoped it would be as good as the front cover promised, as I am a sucker for Art Deco design.

'In Other Worlds' by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, winning twice.

'In Other Worlds' by Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist. She is among the most-honoured authors of fiction in recent history. She is a winner of the Arthur C. Clarke Award and Prince of Asturias award for Literature, has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize five times, winning once, and has been a finalist for the Governor General's Award seven times, winning twice.

'The Red Chamber' by Pauline Chen

It’s hard to know quite where to start when reviewing such an epic story as this, which takes place over several years. Perhaps I’ve made it harder for myself by first reading the classic novel it was based on so that I could give it a fair trial, but reading A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin first has definitely given this modern retelling an extra dimension that makes me love both books even more.

'The Red Chamber' by Pauline Chen

It’s hard to know quite where to start when reviewing such an epic story as this, which takes place over several years. Perhaps I’ve made it harder for myself by first reading the classic novel it was based on so that I could give it a fair trial, but reading A Dream of Red Mansions by Cao Xueqin first has definitely given this modern retelling an extra dimension that makes me love both books even more.

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