Joanne Harris' Top Picks

By Hay Festival

By Hay Festival

Joanne Harris MBE is an English-French author, whose diverse work includes fourteen novels, two cookbooks and many short stories. Her bestseller Chocolat launched a literary universe, with the most recent instalment The Strawberry Thief published in 2019. Her other work includes the YA Rune series and the Malbry books. Here are her recommended reads from the Hay Festival 2022 programme... 

Love Marriage: Don't miss this heart-warming, funny and bestselling book club pick about what love really means

Monica Ali


A joyous exploration of culture, faith, identity and the many different kinds of love that illuminate our lives. Filled with humour, wisdom, light, detailed observation - and food!

Jews Don't Count

David Baddiel

£7.99 £7.59

A frequently funny, often uncomfortable, deeply felt account of anti-semitism in history and in the mainstream of our lives.

Manifesto: A radically honest and inspirational memoir from the Booker Prize winning author of Girl, Woman, Other

Bernardine Evaristo

£14.99 £14.24

The inspiring and touching memoir of a girl whose refusal to give up on her dreams has given us one of modern literature’s brightest stars.

I Know What You've Done: a completely unputdownable thriller with shocking twists from the bestselling author

Dorothy Koomson

£9.99 £9.49

A marvellous, tight thriller, marvellously-plotted, with wholly believable characters and a shocking twist – I loved it.

Detransition, Baby: Longlisted for the Women's Prize 2021 and Top Ten The Times Bestseller

Torrey Peters

£8.99 £8.54

At times chaotically funny, at others verging on bleakness, this is a marvellous exploration of gender, parenthood, friendship and the complexities of family.

The Island of Missing Trees: Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022

Elif Shafak

£9.99 £9.49

Moving between London and postcolonial Cyprus, this is a beautiful, complex, intertwined narrative about love, isolation, cultural identity, the need to belong and our tangled, imperfect relationship with the natural world.

My Name Is Leon: Now a Major BBC Two Film

Kit de Waal

£9.99 £9.49

A poignant exploration of race and the foster care system, this is a novel that will claim your heart. Authentic, challenging and beautifully written, it introduces characters that will live on in the reader’s memory.

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