Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Chocolat author Joanne Harris
talks about revisiting Lansquenet in Peaches for Monsieur le Curé
Part of the magic of fiction is that it sometimes takes to a
reality of its own. Fictional places can seem more real than the view from
our bedroom, and fictional people can sometimes become as close to us as
Not even a writer can predict which characters will come to
life, which ones will endure in readers’ hearts, outliving their creators.
Of course, all my characters are dear to me, and several of them have
resurfaced, but for some reason, it is Vianne Rocher and her daughter Anouk
(who first appeared in Chocolat) who have been the most active,
knocking repeatedly at my door until I had written not one but two sequels
to the odd little tale that was published in 1999, and that has never quite
left me alone.