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  • Published: 3 March 2000
  • ISBN: 9780552998482
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

Chocolat




A tantalising novel about the ultimate luxury and sin: that dark mistress, chocolate.

TWENTIETH ANNIVERSARY REISSUE OF JOANNE HARRIS' BELOVED BESTSELLER
WITH A NEW INTRODUCTION BY JOANNE HARRIS
'Mouthwatering . . . a feelgood book of the first order . . . read it' OBSERVER
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When a mysterious stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet with her daughter and opens an exotic chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious moral danger to his flock - especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial.

As passions flare and the conflict escalates, the whole community takes sides. Can the solemnity of the Church compare with the sinful pleasure of a chocolate truffle?
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Chocolat was Joanne Harris' first book about Vianne Rocher,and was turned into a popular Oscar-nominated film with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. The story of Vianne and her daughters was continued in LollipopShoes, and then in Peaches for Monsieur le Cure, and now in her new novel, The Strawberry Thief.

  • Pub date: 3 March 2000
  • ISBN: 9780552998482
  • Imprint: Black Swan
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

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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Praise for Chocolat

“Mouthwatering ... a feelgood book of the first order ... your senses are left reeling. Read it”

Observer

“Is this the best book ever written? Truly excellent ... Harris's achievement is not only in her story, in her insight and humour and the wonderful picture of small-town life in rural France, but also in her writing”

Literary Review

“Sensuous and thought-provoking ... subtle and brilliant”

Daily Telegraph

“A celebration of pleasure, of love, of tolerance”

Observer

“An addictive read ... haunting, obsessive and just a little nutty, like a freshly made praline”

Elisabeth Luard, author of "Family Life"


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