On the tiny Breton island of Le Devin, life has remained almost unchanged for over a hundred years. For generations, two rival communities have fought for control of the island's only beach.
When Mado returns home ot her village after a ten-year absence, she finds it threatened, both by the tides and by a local entrepreneur. Worse, the community is suffering from an incurable loss of hope. Taking up the fight to transform the dying village, Mado must confront past tragedies, including the terrible secret that still haunts her father.
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Everything about her style is aerodynamic ... Harris writes well, and charming, cinema-friendly images and cinematic mysteries abound ... stylish and economical - Sunday Times
Harris is a writer of tremendous charm, who creates a winning blend of fairy-tale morality and gritty realism - Independent
Her writing is consistently evocative, sensual and atmospheric - Mail on Sunday
Her latest gripping tale ... An intoxicating mix of documentary realism and enchanting romance - Daily Express
Coastliners is another triumph for Joanne Harris who shows that her powerful imagery is not exclusive to food and uses the coastline, sea and beaches to heighten the senses, drawing the reader further in with each incoming tide. A must-read - Punch
Harris' knowledge of France is completely authentic, and present in the detail. For this book she has studied the sea, the island community, the nautical detail, meticulously and it shows. It gives the novel interest and weight - Scotsman
Harris' engaging style is extremely readable - Observer
A riveting read with wonderfully rounded characters - Hello!
Joanne Harris's Whitbread-shortlisted Chocolat wasmade into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp. She is the author of many other bestselling novels. Her hobbies are listed in Who's Who as 'mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion'. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse, and lives with her husband and daughter in Yorkshire, about 15 miles from the place she was born.