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  • Location: France (Nerac)



Why a Booktrail?

2000s: Set in fictional Lansquenet-Sous-Tannes but inspired by Nerac in Aquitaine

  • ISBN: 978-0552998482
  • Genre: Fiction

What you need to know before your trail

A tasty booktrail in more ways than one – a novel about a small French town turned upside down by the arrival of a bewitching chocolate confectioner, Vianne Rocher, and her spirited young daughter.

Vianne Roche blows into Lansquenet-Sous-Tannes, a (fictional) sleepy French town  but apparently based on the real village of Nerac in Aquitaine.

She brings with her daughter Anouk, as well as a dose of witchcraft, and an imaginary pet rabbit Her dreams is to make fine confectionary and to see into people’s souls  – good food is the food of the soul – and so she sets up a chocolate shop. Before long she is stirring up a lot more than just her latest recipe…

Travel Guide

A book about France and chocolate/ What’s not to love?

Plus the name of the character Vianne is a town within the Lavardac commune and the town of Lavardac where the fictional Lansquenet is probably inspired by.

Having been to this region many a time, we would hazard a guess that the village is inspired by Nérac, on the river Baïse, as a little French birdie tells us that Joanne Harris spent some of her childhood holidays here and it’s also very close to a tiny village called Vianne. Could these be clues?

What the novel does so well is to capture the French passion and love for food – food can solve all problems much like the British cup of tea. And they’re right when they say food feeds the soul as the number of bakeries,cafes and chocolate shops I visited in the region are as much a part of the landscape as the hills and the villages themselves.

There is a artisanale chocolate shop here called La Cigale! and photos on the site of Joanne Harris

Streetview Maps

C) Nerac and the bridge
D) Nerac and the Chocolate Shop!

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Twitter: @Joannechocolat

Web: joanne-harris.co.uk

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