Joanne Harris books in order
Joanne Michèle Sylvie Harris (MBE) is an English award-winning author famous for the novel Chocolat (1999) which was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche.
Born in Barnsley to a French mother and an English father, Joanne studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at Cambridge before becoming a teacher for fifteen years.
Her books, which have been published in more than 50 countries, have won several British and international awards.
An honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, Joanne also has honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of Sheffield and Huddersfield.
She currently lives with her husband in Yorkshire.
Genres: Fantasy / SF, Mystery, Thriller
- The Evil Seed (1992)
- Sleep, Pale Sister (1994)
- Blackberry Wine (2000)
- Five Quarters of the Orange (2001)
- The Coastliners (2002)
- Holy Fools (2003)
- Gentlemen and Players (2005)
- Blueeyedboy (2010)
- Different Class (2016)
- Chocolat (1999)
- The Lollipop Shoes / The Girl with No Shadow (2007)
- Peaches for Father Francis - Peaches for Monsieur le Curé (2012)
- The Gospel of Loki (2014)
- The Testament of Loki (2018)
- My French Kitchen: A Book of 120 Treasured Recipes (2003)
- The French Market: More Recipes from a French Kitchen (2005)
- The Little Book of Chocolat (2014)
- Runemarks (2007)
- Runelight (2011)
- Breakfast at Tesco's (2011)
- Waiting for Gandalf (2011)
Detailed book overview
One of the hardest things to do is coming to terms with the fact that the man you once loved with every fiber of your being has found the woman of his dreams.
That is the exact predicament that Alice finds herself in when Joe introduces her to his new girlfriend.
When Alice however comes across an old diary buried in Grantchester churchyard half a century ago, one that speaks about two men and the mysterious woman who bewitched them both, she can’t help but find a correlation.
Soon enough, she discovers that her inbred hatred of Joe's new girlfriend isn’t because of jealousy, as she is thrown into a terrible world of obsession, seduction and vengeance.
Henry Chester—a moralistic artist—loses his breath at the sight of a delicate child beauty named Effie.
Soon enough, he makes her his favorite model and, ultimately, his bride.
The only problem is that Henry, volatile and repressed, is in love with an ideal rather than the woman she really is.
And when Effie starts uncovering the murderous depths of her husband's hypocrisy, her latent passion will explode to the surface.
This hypnotically atmospheric tale is set in London in the nineteenth century.
Growing up, Jay Mackintosh spent three golden summers in the dilapidated home of one "Jackapple Joe" Cox.
A reclusive boy, he found comfort in Old Joe's wise words and folk charms, until the day Joe disappeared without a trace—taking the magic with him.
Now a writer several years later, Jay's life has seemingly hit a snag.
Despite publishing his bestselling novel, Jackapple Joe, a decade earlier, nothing has been forthcoming since.
In one moment of madness, he abandons his city life in London and purchases a farmhouse in the isolated French village of Lansquenet where he hopes to recreate the magic of his unforgettable childhood summers.
And with the help of a similarly lonesome and disturbed woman, Jay will eventually find himself again.
Upon returning to a tiny village on the banks of the Loire, Framboise Simon learns that the locals do not recognize her as the daughter of the notorious woman accused of a disaster that took place years ago during the German occupation.
The past and present are however inseparably interweaved, especially in a scrapbook of recipes and memories that Framboise has inherited from her mother.
It doesn’t take long for Framboise to discover that the journal also contains answers to the unfortunate tragedy that took place during the summer of her ninth year.
Having kept her distance for far too long, spending a decade in the French capital, Mado returns to her home in the tiny island of Le Devin—the one place that has haunted her since her departure.
Le Devin very much resembles a sleeping woman.
At her head is the village of Les Salants, while the village of La Houssinière—the flourishing rival—lies at her feet.
And despite the fact that you can walk from one village to the other in an hour, the two places are poles apart.
Now back in Les Salants, Mado hopes to make peace with her estranged father.
What she however doesn't know is that it’s not just her father’s trust that she needs to regain.
The year is 1610 in Britanny.
Juliette, a former actress and rope dancer, seeks refuge among the sisters of the abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-mer.
Reinventing herself as Soeur Auguste, Juliette is determined to make a fresh start for herself and her young daughter, Fleur.
Her comfortable life however suddenly changes following the death of the loving and understanding abbess.
The newly installed leader of the abbey, who is the daughter of a corrupt noble family, arrives with Guy LeMerle—a dark figure from Juliette's past, and a man she fears and loathes in equal measure.
For generations, young men from wealthy families have attended St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, prepared for a life of accomplishment by the likes of Roy Straitley, the unconventional Classics teacher who has been a dominant figure in the school for more than three decades.
The winds of unwanted change are however sweeping this year, with Straitley finally—albeit hesitantly—considering retirement.
But as the new term begins, a series of incidences befall the students and the faculty alike, accompanied with its fair share of consequence.
St. Oswald's is on its knees and only Straitley can save it.
Will he nonetheless succeed against a daunting challenger with a well-crafted strategy and a vengeful heart?
There once lived a widow with three sons named Black, Brown and Blue.
Black was the eldest; ever volatile and hostile.
Brown, the fearful and dreary one, was the middle child, with Blue—his mother's favorite—being a murderer.
From a blind child prodigy to a dangerous and notorious killer who is far from whom he seems, Blueeyedboy is the captivating story of a venomously unstable family by Joanne Harris.
For the three decades that he has spent at St. Oswald’s Grammar in North Yorkshire, England, Latin master Roy Straitley has seen all sorts of characters amongst the boys.
From class clowns to rebels and underdogs, all of them hold a special place in his heart.
But from time to time, there’s always that troublemaker with darkness inside.
Faced by the threat of bankruptcy and academic failure, a new headmaster is installed at the highly respectable school, bringing with him own different methods of doing things.
As Straitley does his cynical best to oppose the change, a sinister shadow from his past arises: one who still terrorizes Straitley’s dreams twenty years later.
When a mysterious woman named Vianne Rocher arrives in the French village of Lansquenet with her daughter, she opens an exotic chocolate boutique right next to the church.
Incensed, Father Reynaud condemns her as a significant moral threat to his followers, more so now that Lent, the traditional season of self-denial, has only just began.
As tempers reach boiling point and the conflict worsens, members of the community end up picking sides.
Could the dignity of the Church ever be compared with the unrighteous pleasure of a chocolate truffle?
Director: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, Alfred Molina, Lena Olin, Johnny Depp, Carrie-Anne Moss, John Wood, Leslie Caron
“Who died?' I said. 'Or is it a secret?”
“My mother, Vianne Rocher.”
Looking for a safe haven and anonymity in the cobbled streets of Montmartre, Yanne and her two daughters live peacefully above their little chocolate shop.
There is nothing strange that sets them apart from the rest. There are no red sachets hanging by the door, and the wind has momentarily stopped.
That's until Zozie de l'Alba—the pitiless, deceitful and seductive lady with the lollipop shoes—suddenly storms into their lives.
With everything dearest to her on the line, Yanne has a tough choice to make.
Will she flee, just like many times before, or finally face off with her most lethal enemy?
“It’s not every day that you receive a letter from the dead.”
When Vianne Rocher receives a letter from beyond the grave, she swiftly moves back to Lansquenet, a tiny village in the South west of France where she opened up a chocolate shop nearly a decade ago.
Lansquenet has however changed in more ways that she could have imagined. Women are veiled in black, the scent of spices and peppermint tea rent the air, and a minaret is facing the church.
Even more unexpected is the fact that Francis Reynaud, her old rival, is in desperate need of her help.
Will Vianne come to his rescue?
The Gospel of Loki is an enthralling first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods—retold from the point of view of Loki, a man who was without question the biggest trickster in the world.
A #1 bestseller in the UK, this book explores the story of Loki from the time he was recruited from the underworld of Chaos, to his numerous conquests on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, up until his eventual betrayal of the gods and the defeat of Asgard itself.
Ragnarok was the End of Worlds.
Asgard was conquered centuries ago, and the old gods fell.
Whereas some died, others have been condemned to eternal damnation in the netherworld, among them Loki—arguably the biggest trickster in the world.
A god who deceived every side and still lost everything, he is forgotten with time as the world of humans moved on to new idols and beliefs.
Mankind however now dreams of the Norse Gods. With the river Dream quite close to their dark prison, Loki is the first to escape into a new reality.
He however isn’t the only one, as other forces have also made it out, forces hell-bent on destroying everything he desires.
And to succeed, Loki will need allies, a plan, and a bag of tricks…
Bestselling author Joanne Harris has never shied away from celebrating the pleasure and magic of food, given how some of her favorite childhood memories are of making pancakes with her great-grandmother Mémée, picking blackberries with her grandfather in Yorkshire, and the early morning trips to the markets of Noirmoutier.
Working in tandem with acclaimed food writer Fran Warde, Joanne shares her most cherished collection of family recipes that has been passed down from generation to generation.
There is a huge variety of classics in this book, from Quiche Lorraine to Moules Marinière, Coq au Vin and Crème Brûlée among others.
Thanks to the huge success registered by My French Kitchen (2003), bestselling author Joanne Harris and food writer Fran Warde join forces once again to present a sweet and simple collection of recipes that are inspired by the rural markets of Gascony; highlighting the rustic, fresh flavors and the relaxed and mixed style.
Ranging from massive tomatoes bursting with taste, to incredibly ripe melons, to goat cheese rolled in fresh herbs, and the locally produced organic honey, this is food as nature intended.
“Try me …test me…taste me…”
Joanne Harris’s Chocolat Trilogy has been a mouthwatering fascination for readers since it was first published, by and large due to its image provoking descriptions of chocolate.
In honor of Vianne Rocher’s celebrated story of deliciously decadent chocolaterie, bestselling author Joanne Harris and food writer Fran Warde have come up with this ultimate collection of chocolate lore and recipes from around the world, one that will assuredly add a touch of magic to your kitchen.
Five hundred years have passed since the end of the world and a lot has changed.
There is no longer any reverence for the old Norse gods. Magic is prohibited, and a new religion, the Order, has taken its place.
In an isolated valley in the north lives a fourteen-year-old girl named Maddy Smith.
Evaded for the ruinmark on her hand, which is a symbol linked with the Bad Old Days, what the villagers don't know is that Maddy has gifts.
As the Order draws further north, determined to unleash conquest and Cleansing, Maddy must learn shocking truths about herself, her parentage, and her powers.
Raised in an opposite world, Maggie is a girl who is the same age as Maddy.
Six hundred miles separate the two girls who both have a runemark on their skin, a symbol of the Old Days when Worlds were ruled by the gods.
Asgard has however been destroyed and the gods are no longer revered. Nothing is however lost forever.
The gods want the power possessed by Maddy and Maggie, for their runes wields huge potential for the future.
As both girls are drawn closer and closer to each other, they drift nearer to a terrible face off where their real loyalties will be tested.
Miss Golighty is no young Holly, and the supermarket café that she frequents for breakfast isn’t anywhere near Tiffany's.
When she befriends Cheryl, the scantily dressed youthful waitress and makes her warm to old films, Miss Golighty finds a way of helping her young friend find the strength and bravery to live a better life.
This short story, which is part of the Storycuts Series, was previously published in the collection Jigs & Reels.
Playing the monster is never that fun, given how your fate is to be put to the sword.
But for the miserable misfit and reclusive freak, dressing up in a costume for the usual Saturday fantasy role-playing game in the woods is more fulfilling than any part of real life.
It's nothing more than a game, right? It's not about life or death...or is it?
This short story, which is part of the Storycuts Series, was previously published in the collection Jigs & Reels.