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  • Published: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448125562
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 29

Auto-da-fé/Free Spirit/Fule’s Gold (Storycuts)

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Three short stories: a sharp modern morality tale about road rage; a terrifying story dreamt up sitting at a dirty supermarket café table; and the temptation of a frustrated old teacher at St Swithin's School for Boys.

In 'Auto-da-fé', a man's car defines him. Until the Rep of the Year, in his smart blue BMW, goes head-to- head in a showdown with V-man in his smug black Volvo saloon. But who is the real loser in this game?

In 'Free Spirit', a wanderer, a party animal, goes wherever the wind blows, going home to bed with one person after another, old or young, healthy or corrupt, male or female. And then moves on, without regrets, without ever looking back...

In 'Fule's Gold', Mr Fisher has taught at St Swithin's for over forty years, but is resigned to the total lack of imagination of the boys in his creative writing class. Until the day he opens one exercise book and discovers the Holy Grail of literature: an essay of total freshness and originality. But is it just too good to have been written by a mere schoolboy?

Part of the Storycuts series, these three stories were previously published in the collection Jigs & Reels.

  • Pub date: 17 November 2011
  • ISBN: 9781448125562
  • Imprint: Transworld Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 29

About the Author

Joanne Harris

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 Curé, 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.

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