It’s seven years since Joanne Harris released the third book in the Chocolat canon and now it’s announced that there’s a fourth book coming from publisher, Orion.
Two decades after the release of Chocolat comes The Strawberry Thief, the fourth book in the series. The novel will feature protagonist Vianne Rocher in the French town of Lansquenet and will be published in hardback, paperback, eBook and audio in April of next year. Pre-order links aren’t yet available but we’ll update once the book is on sale.
The first novel in the series, Chocolat was published in 1999, in 2007, The Lollipop Shoes followed with the third book, Peaches for Monsieur Le Cure released in 2012. In total the series has sold more than two copies in the UK alone and has been exported around the world. Chocolat was also made into a movie.
In The Strawberry Thief, Vianna is back in Lansquenet-sous-Tannes, the place that once rejected her, with her second daughter Rosette. The description reads “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 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…”
Fans of the series will be thrilled to hear there is to be another instalment and the new novel will add to Harris’ already extensive bibliography including sixteen novels, a Doctor Who novella, three cookbooks and much more.
We’ll be back with more news and pre-order links later in the year but The Strawberry Thief is marked for release in April 2019.
Dorey was then stunned to find that copies of his book were being delivered by his American distributor wrapped in plastic. Dorey described the error as an “absolute shambles” and pointed out that it shows how we use plastic “with our eyes closed”.
The author announced the news on Twitter today and gave some information about the upcoming book, which is to be called The Testaments. Here’s what she said:
His stint as The Doctor continued for 7 series- consisting of a massive 172 episodes, and he still remains one of the most popular Doctors to this day. His love for the Whoniverse continues as shown by his latest project- Scratchman- a Fourth Doctor novel that never saw the light of day, until now! The novel is dark, exciting, tense, and just perfectly Who. Tom’s inimitable wordsmithery combined with the gripping plot will guarantee this novel real success.
As The Book Seller reports, the collection will be released on May 30th, the set includes both Anne’ ‘A’ and ‘B’ diaries, which are made up of the original diary and the edited one. A definitive readers version called ‘D’ is also included which has been edited by Mirjam Pressler, the German translator of Frank’s diary who has also published a book about her life.
Released November 2018, Michelle Obama’s memoir follows her life “from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address,” her publisher has said.
Oprah has chosen Michelle’s memoirs for her honesty and vulnerability- naming it the perfect read this year to gain an insight into what it was really like being the ‘first Black First family’.
See Oprah and Michelle chatting about the new release here, and don’t forget to order your copy of Mrs Obama’s memoirs below!