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Blackberry Wine: from Joanne Harris, the bestselling author of Chocolat, comes a tantalising, sensuous and magical novel which takes us back to the charming French village of Lansquenet

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This book has her traditional split writing style with parts set in the past and parts set in the present, the past bits very much have the magical feeling of the endless summer that you only have as a kid and you also find in some Stephen King stories like IT and Stand by me. When the war arrived he tried to enlist in the army, but was told that because of a hand injury sustained down the mine, he was unfit for active service. Blackberry Wine takes place in both England and the same small French town that is the setting for Chocolat. He is passionate about preserving rare species of plants, and has an extensive rare seed collection, which he eventually leaves in Jay's care.

Even though the chapters are short, fifty-seven pages is more than I want to wait for a story to get interesting. A retired coal miner, he is knowledgeable about many things and claims to have travelled all over the world, although his accounts are not always reliable. It was the second novel I read by Joanne Harris, and I liked it sufficiently to look for her other work too.The character of Jackapple Joe Cox, gardener, Yorkshireman, ex-miner, amateur magician and seeker after wider vistas, is closely based on him, and it is he who forms the backbone of the story. All in all, a pleasant book, and ideal to read when there's a lot going on, since it was quite possible to read a couple of short chapters at night, and not feel the need to keep going until the early hours.

Now Harris Magic is never really magic (except the Norse books and the fairy tales) but it's the kind of magic you can choose to believe is real but maybe it's also just the magic you find in the small things in life. and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television. He is bewildered by his reclusive neighbor, Marise d'Api, who apparently coveted his derelict house and land, and is ostracized by the townspeople. This fiercely independent woman lives alone with her deaf daughter, and although she resists all Jay's attempts to get to know her, he becomes increasingly fascinated by her. In Blackberry Wine the main character is an English author who has lost his spark and direction in life.p>Read about how we’ll protect and use your data in our Privacy Notice.

I picked this book up on a whim, not because it was Joanne Harris, but because it had the word Wine in the title and I thought it would be a good present for Pumpjack. Lovely woman, but more than her share of conveniently dead in her life and rather iffy taste in men, although let's hope that we are looking at a brighter future for her. When he refuses her pleas, she desperately convinces him to swim out to a dangerous area of the lake, simply to spend more time with him.It is about the value of the past to the creation of the future; respect and love for the land and diversity of species. It's a small grain of intrigue surrounded by a massive bowl of poetic vegetables, for better of worse. He finally gains Marise's confidence following a crisis at her farm, and learns the terrible secret that she has been so desperate to conceal. In both, they are not the lead character, but as the focus of the protagonist, they are as, if not more, important.

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