BOOKS

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Fantasy

The Gospel of Loki, 2013

Loki is a relentlessly wonderful character; an amoral and capricious, but also completely psychologically plausible anti-hero, whose antics range from mischief to genocide, across 300 endlessly entertaining pages. (Andrew Lawston, Amazon)

Loved Runemarks…a core fantasy much like the stories of David Eddings or Terry Brooks, with a cool twist on Norse mythology.  (Stephenie Meyer)

Folklore

   

I loved this story for the imagery, for the idea that such magic could exist. It offers a reminder that however much man tries to insulate himself with his beliefs and inventions, he remains reliant on and at the mercy of the forces of nature. We may damage our world but it will not be tamed. (Jackie Law)

Magical, poignant, and wholly transporting. (Publishers Weekly)

Magical realism

Chocolat, 1999The Lollipop Shoes, 2007Peaches for Monsieur Le Curé, 2012

Trying to decide if @Joannechocolat ‘Chocolat’ series is whimsy dressed in steel-toecapped boots, or an iron sword barefoot in a floral dress. Either way, it’s brilliant. (@CallMeHobbit on Twitter)

Is this the best book ever written? 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)

Standalone novels

Coastliners, 2002Five Quarters of the Orange, 2001Holy Fools, 2003Blackberry Wine, 2000

“…unexpectedly sweet and powerful, a reward for the patient reader.” (New York Times)

Psychological thrillers 

Gentlemen and Players, 2005blueeyedboy, 2010Different Class by Joanne Harris

The tightly plotted drama of “Different Class” plays out in a way which is exciting and surprising, but the novel also says something meaningful about our shifting sense of values. I read this novel at a much faster pace than I read most books for the sheer pleasure of the idiosyncratic characters and the desire to know how their intriguing story would play out. It’s a highly enjoyable read. (The Lonesome Reader)

Gothic novels

Sleep, Pale Sister, 1993 The Evil Seed, 1989

A hauntingly evocative laudanum-dream of a novel. (Time Out)

Short stories

A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String, 2012 Jigs and Reels, 2004 

I thought Jigs & Reels was a really enjoyable collection of short stories. The collection shows off Harris’s diversity as a writer. The tales in Jigs & Reels touch and the light and dark aspects of life and vary from the funny to the chilling. I also loved the fact Harris included a little note of each story’s origin. (The Book Lover’s Boudoir)

 

This Dr Who novella, featuring the Third Doctor, was written for the BBC as part of the TIME TRIPS series: you can get it here as an e-book

Harris not only has a keen understanding of Doctor Who, she has a keen sense of how to properly present a short story. Unlike the majority of these Time Trips, she has written to the length of the remit: there is not so much story that things feel rushed or skimmed over, but there is enough that we don’t feel short-changed with an over-simple plot stretched to fit. (P. Kennard, Amazon)

 

Cookery books

A Little Book of ChocolatThe French Market, 2005The French Kitchen, 2002

Audiobooks narrated by Joanne 

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On Writing

Joanne Harris’s Ten Tweets have been tiny islands of sensibleness and wisdom in the sea of lunacy that is Twitter for a long time now, dispensing advice and distilled observation to those who follow her. I’m delighted they are going to be collected in one place and, selfishly, am looking forward to catching up with all the ones I’ve missed. (NEIL GAIMAN)

Joanne is not only a master of her craft but has the rare gift of being able to explain that craft, and offer peerless advice, in the clearest, no-nonsense, practical and entertaining of ways. Wherever you are in your writing voyage, Joanne is the perfect navigator. Learn, absorb, and enjoy! (MATT HAIG)

 

Essays on the writing life, featuring Joanne and many other authors.

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