- Joanne Harris
Joanne Michèle Sylvie Harris (b.
3 July 1964, Barnsley, Yorkshire) is a British author. Born to a French mother and an English father in her grandparents' sweet shop, her family life was filled with food and folklore. Her great-grandmother was a known witchand healer. [cite web
title= Joanne Harris, About the Author
publisher= Mostly Fiction Book Reviews] All of this was an environment that would play a key role as an adult in the development of her novels.
She was educated at
Wakefield Girls High School, BarnsleySixth Form College, and St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where she read Modern and Medieval Languages.
Her first novel, "The Evil Seed", was published in 1989, but it and a second novel published in 1993 met with only marginal success. In 1999, her whimsical though slightly dark and mystical story titled "
Chocolat", based on food and an exotic locale in the Gersarea of France, reached No. 1 in the "London Sunday Times" newspaper's bestseller list. The book was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Novel of the Year Awardand the movie rights sold to Miramax Pictures. The success of the motion picture, starring Juliette Binoche, brought Harris wide recognition in North America.
Her latest novel, "
Runemarks", published August 2007, is her first book for children and young adults.
The Evil Seed" (1989)
Sleep, Pale Sister" (1993)
Blackberry Wine" (2000)
Five Quarters of the Orange" (2001)
The French Kitchen, A Cook Book" (2002)
Holy Fools" (2003)
Jigs & Reels" (2004)
Gentlemen & Players" (2005)
The French Market" (2005)
The Lollipop Shoes" (2007) (retitled "The Girl with No Shadow" for 2008 US release)
Runemarks" (2007 in the UK, 2008 in the USA)
The Girl with No Shadow" (April 8, 2008 in the USA)
* [http://www.joanne-harris.co.uk/ The Joanne Harris Website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/keyserzozie Joanne Harris Official Myspace]
* [http://www.theyorker.co.uk/news/features/1282 "Talking Chocolate and Norse legend with Joanne Harris" (from www.theyorker.co.uk)]
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