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A tantalising novel about the ultimate luxury and sin: that dark mistress, chocolate.

When an exotic stranger, Vianne Rocher, arrives in the French village of Lansquenet and opens a chocolate boutique directly opposite the church, Father Reynaud denounces her as a serious moral danger to his flock - especially as it is the beginning of Lent, the traditional season of self-denial.
As passions flare and the conflict escalates, the whole community takes sides. Can the solemnity of the Church compare with the sinful pleasure of a chocolate truffle?

Reviews

Mouthwatering ... a feelgood book of the first order ... your senses are left reeling. Read it

Observer

Is this the best book ever written? Truly excellent ... Harris's achievement is not only in her story, in her insight and humour and the wonderful picture of small-town life in rural France, but also in her writing

Literary Review

Sensuous and thought-provoking ... subtle and brilliant

Daily Telegraph

A celebration of pleasure, of love, of tolerance

Observer

An addictive read ... haunting, obsessive and just a little nutty, like a freshly made praline

Elisabeth Luard, author of "Family Life"

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  • Paperback

    9780552998482

    March 3, 2000

    Black Swan

    384 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook

    9781407056340

    October 1, 2010

    Transworld Digital

    384 pages

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