BOC staff book group will be reading: A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris on Thursday 15th June.

BOC staff book group will be meeting on Thursday 15th June at 12-1pm ( room to be confirmed).

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We will be reading a collection of short stories by Joanne Harris: A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String.

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Stories are like Russian dolls; open them up, and in each one you’ll find another story.

Conjured from a wickedly imaginative pen, here is a new collection of short stories that showcases Joanne Harris’s exceptional talent as a teller of tales, a spinner of yarns. Sensuous, mischievous, uproarious and wry, these are tales that combine the everyday with the unexpected; wild fantasy with bittersweet reality.

Come to the house where it is Christmas all year round; meet the ghost who lives on a Twitter timeline; be spooked by a new-born baby created with sugar, spice and lashings of cake. Worry for a young girl in the Congo who rides the rapids to earn a crust of bread; and spy on Norse gods battling each other for survival in modern Manhattan. In her first short-story collection since Jigs & Reels, let Joanne Harris ensnare and delight you with the variety and inventiveness of her storytelling.

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Joanne Harris is an Anglo-French author, whose books include fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories.

Her work is extremely diverse, covering aspects of magic realism, suspense, historical fiction, mythology and fantasy. She has also written a DR WHO novella for the BBC, has scripted guest episodes for the game ZOMBIES, RUN!, and is currently engaged in a number of musical theatre projects as well as developing an original drama for television.

In 2000, her 1999 novel CHOCOLAT was adapted to the screen, starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and in 2013 was awarded an MBE by the Queen.

Her hobbies are listed in Who’s Who as ‘mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion’. Joanne also spends too much time on Twitter; plays flute and bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16; and works from a shed in her garden at her home in Yorkshire. (I’d love a shed!)

We’re really looking forward to reading this collection.

Watch this space for our comments.

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Author: Angela Roberts

Writer. Reader. Theatre buff. Hemingway boff. Footy fan. IT-whizz. PETA's Action Team member. Mum. Wife. Loves words, characters and stories.

1 thought on “BOC staff book group will be reading: A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String by Joanne Harris on Thursday 15th June.”

  1. We all loved this short story collection and gave it an overall 8 out of 10 on average. We all had our favorite stories, although ‘Faith & Hope Fly South’ and ‘Faith & Hope Get Even’ were among everyone’s favorites. We agreed that the diversity of each story shows off Harris’ the quality of writing. There was nothing we disliked. Harris established time and place superbly well in these tales, plotted to perfection with exciting characters looking above and beyond, but not too far. The research done was commendable. Highly readable stories that gave us a lift at the end in a mystical way; in an odd way; in an interesting way. I loved the fact that writing subtlety in a story can be so powerful. Many of these stories will stay with us and some, for me, will become (in the words of Hemingway) a moveable feast. We also agreed that reading more Joanne Harris was an MUST. A terrific collection for our last book group this semester. Thanks to all members who have contributed greatly making these sessions very rewarding indeed. See you in November!

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