Chocolat

Chocolat

by JoanneHarris (Author)

Synopsis

When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a 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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Format: Paperback
Pages: 336
Edition: New edition
Publisher: Black Swan
Published: 02 Mar 2000

ISBN 10: 0552998486
ISBN 13: 9780552998482
Book Overview: A tantalising novel about the ultimate luxury and sin: that dark mistress, chocolate.
Prizes: Winner of Whitaker Gold Book Award 2001. Shortlisted for Whitbread Book Awards: Novel Category 1999 and Whitbread Prize (Novel) 1999.

Media Reviews
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
Author Bio
Joanne Harris is one of our best-loved and most versatile novelists. She first appeared on the scene with the bestselling Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp), which turned into the sensuous Lansquenet trilogy (with Lollipop Shoes and Peaches for Monsieur le Cure). She has since 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 now 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 in a band first formed when she was sixteen, works in a shed in her garden, spends far too much time online and occasionally dreams of faking her own death and going to live in Hawaii.