Books by Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels; The Ev


PEACHES FOR FATHER FRANCIS by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 2, 2012

"A slow buildup to a breathtaking finish."
Eight years after the events in Harris' best-selling Chocolat (1999, etc.), her heroine is summoned back to the French village she once revitalized with confections. Read full book review >
THE GIRL WITH NO SHADOW by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2008

"A contemporary, razor-edged fairy tale—very dark chocolate but likely to be gobbled up."
In Harris's sequel to Chocolat (1999), the paranormally gifted chocolate-maker Vianne Rocher has moved from rural France to Paris, where she tries to create a life of anonymity. Read full book review >
RUNEMARKS by Joanne Harris
FANTASY
Released: Jan. 8, 2008

The Lightning Thief meets The Sea of Trolls in this well-executed, if rather plodding children's debut by the author of the adult novel, Chocolat. Read full book review >

GENTLEMEN AND PLAYERS by Joanne Harris
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 10, 2006

"A daring gambit, poorly played."
Harris (Five Quarters of the Orange, 2001, etc.) tries her hand at homicide. Read full book review >
JIGS & REELS by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"Sadly, missing the usual sensual delights of Harris's work."
A debut collection of 22 silly and predictable stories. Only one comes even close to the level of the least of Harris's five novels (Holy Fools, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
HOLY FOOLS by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 3, 2004

"Harris (Coastliners, 2002, etc.) does a creditable job re-creating the atmosphere of a very distant time and place, and infuses it with a sharp if somewhat obvious tale."
Baroque thriller, set in 17th-century France, about the travails of a young nun who must keep silent as a charlatan priest tries to take over her convent. Read full book review >
COASTLINERS by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 16, 2002

"Rightly or wrongly, Harris (Chocolat, 1999; Five Quarters of the Orange, 2001, etc.) delivers the goods for readers who can't get enough of this sort of thing."
In an ever-so-cozy tale, a woman returns to the small French island of her ancestry to reconnect with her roots and act generally plucky. Read full book review >
FIVE QUARTERS OF THE ORANGE by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 3, 2001

"Harris (Chocolat, 1999) is capable of elegantly sensual writing, but Five Quarters degenerates into melodrama all too soon."
An overwrought and often contrived tale with one too many characters named after food. Read full book review >
BLACKBERRY WINE by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 10, 2000

"Sweet and lite."
Harris (Chocolat, 1999) returns with a charming fairy tale for grown-ups, including all those seductive elements of contemporary fantasies: a house in the French countryside, potions and healers with the power to transform, love that is always tender, if seldom convincing. Read full book review >
CHOCOLAT by Joanne Harris
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1999

A first novel that rather cloyingly describes the transformations that overtake the residents of a small French village when a mysterious stranger and her daughter arrive and open a chocolate shop. Read full book review >