Monday, June 8, 2009

Jigs & Reels by Joanne Harris

From the same author who gave us 'Chocolat', this book is a collection of wonderfully written short stories that pull you into their world and holds you captive the whole time from the beginning hook to the last gasp of a sentence to the full stop. In her forward she says: 'a good short story can startle, ignite and illuminate... giving you vivid, anarchic glimpses into different worlds, different people.' And here, she has proven her point. I completely enjoyed every story in this little green book; however I can't just pinpoint one story to recommend reading as they're all brilliantly written.

Born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. Joanne Harris studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years
. During this time, she published three novels; The Evil Seed (1989), Sleep, Pale Sister (1993) and Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. Joanne has published seven more novels since then, as well as 'Jigs & Reels'. Her novels are now published in over forty countries and have won a number of British and international awards.

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