Joanne Harris is a famous and extremely beloved British-French author born in 1964 in Barnsley, Yorkshire. She is mostly known for her beautiful heartwarming dramas about love, friendship and the importance of people in one’s life.
How Many Books Has Joanne Harris Written?
Joanne Harris has written 22 books, some of them belonging to a series of novels but most of them can be read as standalone novels. Her most famous novels are the ones belonging to the Chocolat series.
Joanne Harris Books in Order (At a Glance)
- The Evil Seed (1992)
- Sleep, Pale Sister (1994)
- Blackberry Wine (2000)
- Five Quarters of the Orange (2001)
- 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 Strawberry Thief (2019)
- 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)
Joanne Harris Books in Order (By Release Date)
The Evil Seed (1992)
Alice used to be passionately in love with Joe and obviously not over him since she becomes madly jealous of his new girlfriend Ginny. Ginny is beautiful, with a sinister group of friends who Alice is repelled by.
Very soon, Alice’s predictions will become true, after she finds an old diary in Ginny’s room. It reveals the story of two friends and a mysterious woman who bewitched them both and is buried in Grantchester churchyard, but definitely not forgotten. Alice will find herself in a twisted world of obsession, hatred and revenge and blood.
Sleep, Pale Sister (1994)
Something completely different from Harris’ melancholic, beautiful stories, such as Chocolat, this is a dark gothic tale set in 19th century London. Henry Chester is an artist who becomes infatuated by Effie and makes her his bride.
But Henry and Effie are very different and she is far from the ideal he sees in her. But when Effie discovers Henry’s true side and the dangerous depths of his hypocrisy, her hidden feelings will soon come to the surface.
Chocolat is probably Harris’ most famous novel, an unforgettable tale of a strong woman who completely changes the small, quiet and sleepy French village of Lansquenet and lifts its inhabitants’ spirits. Vianne is a beautiful, rebellious and extremely talented chocolatier who lives a nomadic life with her daughter Anouk.
When she opens a chocolate shop in the centre of the village, she will immediately become the first news there, adored by some and gossiped about by others. Slowly, we are going to learn her story and reveal many hidden village hidden secrets.
Blackberry Wine (2000)
Jay Mackintosh spent three beautiful summers as a boy in the home of “Jackapple Joe” Cox, where he enjoyed his company and interesting stories. Everything was lost when Jay mysteriously disappeared one fall.
Many years after that, Jay is a famous writer who hasn’t written anything in ten years, after his success with the novel Jackapple Joe. He decides to leave London and move to Lansquenet, a charming village in France where he meets a woman who will help him find himself again.
Five Quarters of the Orange (2001)
One of Harris’ most complex works is this unforgettable story of Framboise Simon. She returns to a small village on the banks of the Loire river where no one recognises her as the daughter of Mirabelle Dartigen, the woman responsible for a terrible tragedy that happened there decades ago.
Framboise wants a fresh start but very soon realises that the past and the present and strongly intertwined and she will find the truth about her mother and the events from her late mother’s scrapbook of recipes which delicacies she will begin to serve in her small creperie.
After ten years in Paris, Mado returns to Le Devin, a small island that haunted her since she has left her home there. Le Devin is a beautiful, but unusual island whose parts don’t coexist together.
There is a walking distance between Les Salants, its head and La Houssiniere, Les Salants’ more prosperous rival. Mado wants to get in touch with her estranged father but she will soon realise that it is not only his trust she has to regain.
My French Kitchen: A Book of 120 Treasured Recipes (2003)
This is a wonderful collection of recipes that have been passed from generation to generation in Harris’ interesting family tree. She used to pick blackberries with her grandfather in Yorkshire and make pancakes with her great-grandmother and it is no wonder she used all this experience in some of her most acclaimed novels.
She encourages the readers to cook will all their senses and through 120 recipes teaches them to connect with magic as much as they can. Onion Soup and Onion Tart, Coq au Vin and Marinated Tuna are only some special dishes she shared here.
Holy Fools (2003)
It is 1605 and a young woman, pregnant and alone and hiding from her past, has decided to become a nun, namely Soeur Auguste. Five years later she will have to face the secrets she was running from and be braver than ever.
When her benefactress Reverend Mother dies and a new abbess arrives at the Abbey of Saint Marie-de-la-mer, Auguste will have to face her past, after recognising some people she knows very well and fears more than anything.
Gentlemen and Players (2005)
Roy Straitley is the eccentric Classics teacher who used to teach for more than thirty years at the St. Oswald’s Grammar School for Boys and this year he is finally but reluctantly starting to think of retiring.
He has five new faculty members among which is one teacher who knows many of St.Oswald’s secrets and ways and his only goal is to destroy this successful school, beginning with small annoyances that will soon escalate into more dangerous accidents.
The French Market: More Recipes from a French Kitchen (2005)
Together with Fran Warde, Harris presents many interesting and delicious recipes that draw inspiration from the rural markets of Gascony. After the great success of her first cookbook, Harris brings us new ideas for cooking and preserving food.
Her ingredients are fresh and mostly homegrown, from lumpy tomatoes to goat cheese and locally produced organic honey.
The Lollipop Shoes / The Girl with No Shadow (2007)
This is the sequel of the successful and beloved Chocolat and we again follow the destiny of Vianne Rocher who is now living in Paris, under the name of Yanne Charbonneau, a widow, again running from something.
She opens a chocolaterie on a small Montmartre street, determined to keep her daughters Anouk and baby Rosette safe. But everything changes when they meet the vivid and charming Zozie who hides her ugly side and has plans that will shake their world.
This is Harris’ new and fresh view on the beloved and well-known Nordic tales, written for a younger and older audience. Maddy Smith’s world is by the book but she knows that there is still some magic left somewhere.
She was born with a ruin mark on her palm which proves it and she is feared by the villagers who are convinced she is a witch. But Maddy is destined for more and when she meets a mysterious traveller One-Eye she will need all his scrap of forbidden magic to survive this destiny of hers.
Blueeyedboy is something completely different coming from Harris’ feather, after her warm and good-feel novels, such as Chocolat. This is a gripping tale of a dysfunctional family, a blind child prodigy and an unusual serial murderer.
The sequel to Runemarks introduces us to a new character, Maggie, a feisty and courageous girl, similar to Maddy but brought up in a world apart. She grew up in World’s End which was the focus of the Order Maddy comes from.
Now as the Order is destroyed, the everyday world is about to be in danger since Chaos is filling the vacuum left behind This is a fast-paced story about a scary prophecy from the Oracle and a conflict between these two young girls and an Apocalypse that s about to be unleashed.
Breakfast at Tesco’s (2011)
This is one of Harris’ short stories, published in the collection Jigs & Reels. Miss Golighty meets and befriends Cheryl, a young waitress. She will teach her about old movies and become a great friend of hers, helping her find the courage to start a new, better life.
Waiting for Gandalf (2011)
This is another short story released in the collection Jigs & Reels and it is an interesting tale where nothing is as it seems. We follow a loner, a misfit and a freak who dresses up for a Saturday fantasy role-playing game in the woods. Could this be more satisfying than reality and is it real or only make-believe?
Peaches for Father Francis – Peaches for Monsieur le Curé (2012)
Another sequel to Harris’ beloved Chocolat, this story follows Vianne who must return to Lansquenet after she receives a letter from beyond the grave. Even though this village and its inhabitants changed her life for the better, she is still finding it a bit difficult to come back.
Vianne and her two daughters experience a completely different Lansquenet upon their arrival – women in black, the scent of strange spices in the air and a minaret facing the church. But the most shocking thing is that her former nemesis, Francis Reynaud needs her help.
The Little Book of Chocolat (2014)
Another cookbook by Harris and Warde, but this time full of sweet taste, since they decided to follow Harris’ success with Chocolat. To celebrate Vianne Rocher’s famous chocolaterie, they have written a book full of chocolate recipes from all around the world.
The Gospel of Loki (2014)
This is the first adult fantasy novel by this successful writer, written in a first-person narrative, about the rise and fall of Norse gods. It is retold by the world’s greatest trickster, Loki and it follows his path from Odin’s recruitment, through his years in Asgard and his fall from grace.
Different Class (2016)
Another story about St.Oswald’s Classics teacher, Roy Straitley who has witnessed different types of boys in his classroom, a clown, a rebel or an underdog. But every now and then there is one who makes trouble and has a lot to hide.
There are many new things at school, such as Powerpoint and sharp suits and Straitley is trying his best to resist all these futuristic things. Until a shadow from his past emerges, a boy who even after twenty years haunts his dreams and is capable of bad things.
The Testament of Loki (2018)
This is a sequel to the Gospel of Loki and once again we follow this interesting character throughout his numerous adventures. Humankind is once again dreaming of Norse Gods and the river Dream is becoming like a prison for them and Loki is the first to escape into a new reality.
But he is not the only one and he will have to find help if he wants to defeat the ones against him.
The Strawberry Thief (2019)
This is the last part of the Chocolat series and Vianne Rocher has finally settled down in the small town of Lansquenet where she continues to run her chocolate shop in the middle of the square, together with her younger daughter Rosette.
But the sleepy village will have to wake up after the death of the florist Narcisse who leaves a parcel of land to Rosette. His relatives arrive and there is a new shop right across Vianne’s chocolaterie with a strange appeal to itself. All these things will bring confrontation, turbulence and maybe even murder.