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by Joanne Harris

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?


“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

“Accomplished and delectable… Few readers will be able to resist.”  New York Times Book Review

“Gourmand Harris’s tale of sin and guilt embodies a fond familiarity with things French that will doubtless prove irresistible to many readers.”  Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“…as sweet, rich and utterly satisfying as a fine truffle. Dieters beware: Ms. Harris’s lush prose drips with mouth-watering descriptions of cocoa confections that could melt even the most resolute of wills.”  Wall Street Journal


About Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris is the author of Chocolat (made into an Oscar-nominated film with Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp), and twelve more bestselling novels. Her work is published in over fifty countries and she was appointed MBE in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours list. Born in Barnsley, of an English father and a French mother, she studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge and spent fifteen years as a teacher before (somewhat reluctantly) becoming a full-time writer. She lives in Yorkshire with her family, plays bass in a band first formed when she was sixteen, works in a shed in her garden, likes musical theatre and old sci-fi, drinks rather too much caffeine, spends far too much time online and occasionally dreams of faking her own death and going to live in Hawaii.

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