Joanne Harris, MBE – Critically acclaimed bestseller discusses disregarding genre

This week, we’re joined by Joanne Harris MBE. She became phenomenally successful over 20 years ago for her novel ‘Chocolat’, which became an Oscar nominated movie starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche.

Her new one is called ‘A Narrow Door’, it tells the story of the first headmistress at a traditional school who discovers a body in the grounds. It’s billed as ‘magical realism’, we discuss how much she considers genre while she’s writing.

She’s best known for her novel, ‘Chocolat’, which changed everything. It let her leave work, write full time, but added an anxiety around work she’d never known before.

We talk about the classic acting text that really helps her get into characters, what she needs to know before she starts writing, and how she uses scent to get into the story.

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