20 years ago, Joanne Harris’ multi-million-copy bestselling novel Chocolat captured the hearts of millions of readers the world over. Now, readers are being invited to return to the world of Chocolat and the French village of Lansquenet-sous-Tannes in her stunning and highly anticipated new book The Strawberry Thief – out now in all good bookshops.
To celebrate the release, we’re offering you the chance to win 2 places on a luxury Chocolate Tasting and Making masterclass at top award-winning chocolaterie, paul.a.young fine chocolates, in London on Saturday May 11th 2019. The lucky winner will also receive a hardback copy of The Strawberry Thief!
Join the paul.a.young team in their kitchen for one of their popular Tasting & Making workshops, as they share some of the essential skills of making fresh, handmade fine chocolates.
The day begins with an introduction to paul.a.young and what makes them so unique in the chocolate world. Then begins a vertical chocolate tasting from the bean through some of the world’s finest bean to bar producers and cocoa bean varieties. The hands on section of the day begins with a ganache masterclass teaching you how to create a silky, smooth ganache with some very unexpected ingredients and a demonstration by a skilled chocolatier of marble slab tempering. Truffle shells, filling, rolling, coating and decorating – they will show you all the tricks of the trade to make your truffles stand out in the crowd, from simple piping designs to artistic decorations.
The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris
Vianne Rocher has settled down. Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, has finally become her home. With Rosette, her 'special' child, she runs her chocolate shop in the square, talks to her friends on the river, is part of the community. Even Reynaud, the priest, has become a friend.
But when old Narcisse, the florist, dies, leaving a parcel of land to Rosette and a written confession to Reynaud, the life of the sleepy village is once more thrown into disarray.
The arrival of Narcisse's relatives, the departure of an old friend and the opening of a mysterious new shop in the place of the florist's across the square - one that mirrors the chocolaterie, and has a strange appeal of its own - all seem to herald some kind of change: a confrontation, a turbulence - even, perhaps, a murder...
‘So wise, so atmospheric, so beautifully written’ Marian Keyes
‘It will intrigue and charm readers every bit as much as Chocolat’ Monica Ali
‘It's sheer pleasure from start to finish. The Strawberry Thief is a delight’ James Runcie