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3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  10,998 Ratings  ·  688 Reviews
Joanne Harris's first novel, Chocolat, was set in the sleepy French village of Lansquenet, where enchantment, romance, and soft-centered truths issued from the local confectioner's shop. She returns to the same location for Blackberry Wine. But as the title suggests, she's shifted her focus from food to drink, choosing a half-dozen bottles of homemade plonk as the catalyst ...more
Hardcover, 348 pages
Published (first published September 28th 1999)
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Jan 07, 2013 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This lovely story about Jay & Jackapple Joe is one of my all time favourite books. I could read it over & over again.
A story filled with nostalgia, a yearning for wonderful childhood memories, magic and trust. Jay goes on a journey of faith and self discovery, learning how to trust in himself and others, believe in magic and that anything is possible as he once did as a child. With a little help from Joe and his 'specials'.
A wonderful heart warming tale that is a pleasure to read.
Mar 21, 2013 Dolors rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
My first novel by the author of Chocolat and I have to say I enjoyed it far more than expected.

The story of Jay Mackintosh, a 37 years old writer, famous because of an only novel written fifteen years ago. Jay seems to have lost inspiration and faith in the magic of life, as if all these feelings had been spent in that successful novel.
The novel moves forward and backwards in time, and the reader is able to know young Jay, when he meets Joe, an eccentric old man who leaves a deep impression in l
Dec 22, 2015 Tracey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nothing evokes memories like scents and Joanne Harris is a 'master' of descriptive prose that will bring memories flooding back.The senses are further brought into play with the sounds of the 70s nailed and remembered. The best times of my life childhood memories were exactly depicted in this wonderful story narrated by a bottle of 'fleurie' wine and the 6 'specials' which are filled with magic. Lansquenet the little french village of Chocolat fame is the setting for this book too along with som ...more
I loved this story, or maybe I should say, I was in love with this story, I was in love with Joe and his eccentric ways. I loved the gardening, the wine making, the magic. I was in love with the bond of love between old man Joe and young man Jay. This is a book about the young man growing into maturity, into a man who can love a woman and a child and protect what he values. Growing into a man who can accept the weaknesses and mistakes of others, accept those same things in himself, and figure o ...more
Aug 13, 2009 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, contemporary
The first time I tried to read Blackberry Wine apparently wasn't the right time to try to read this book. This time, though, I read it practically all in one go -- with, yeah, a glass of wine. Joanne Harris' prose is always easy to read, really clear, and I can believe in the characters she creates at least enough to carry on to the very last page. Joe, in particular, rang true with me: a miner's son, a gardener, a Yorkshire lad... Jay, perhaps not as much, particularly not at the beginning, but ...more
Ellen Black
Oct 10, 2009 Ellen Black rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful book, written by the author who later wrote Chocolat. Blackberry Wine takes place in both England and the same small French town that is the setting for Chocolat.

Blackberry Wine tells the story of Jay, who as a boy, meets an eccentric man named Joe, who opens Jay's world to gardening and magic and homemade wine. As an adult and established author, Jay escapes his stifling life in England by buying a small cottage in Lansquenet, France, where he not only becomes a gardener, bu
Jenny Sparrow
Jul 26, 2011 Jenny Sparrow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars
"Ежевичное вино" - шестой роман Джоанн Харрис в моем зачете :)

Главный герой - англичанин-писатель Джей Макинтош, повинуясь чарам "Особых" вин, созданных эксцентричным садовником Джо, и детских воспоминаний, приезжает в уже знакомый нам городок Ланскне-су-Танн, чтобы разобраться в своем прошлом и найти своё будущее.

Я в восторге! Эта книга понравилась мне больше, чем все остальные (исключая, может быть, Леденцовые туфельки, хотя в целом, для меня сравнивать книги Харрис между собой по критерию "нр
Chris Eastvedt
Mar 21, 2012 Chris Eastvedt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I prefer tea….

I have mixed feelings about Blackberry Wine, unfortunately more negative than positive. For the first ten chapters I despised this book: I didn’t care about the characters, couldn’t care about the plot and wanted nothing more than to just get through the thing so I could move on to another story. Even though the chapters are short, fifty-seven pages is more than I want to wait for a story to get interesting.

Blackberry Wine describes the life of Jay, a one-hit-wonder in the literary
I read Harris' Five Quarters of the Orange & Blackberry Wine back to back, so I shalll review them together. They are very similar, actually; a little too much. Both feature lead female protagonists that have strong, proud, independent, walled-away personalities, unwilling to accept, let alone ask, others for any sort of assistance. In both, they are not the lead character, but as the focus of the protagonist, they are as, if not more, important.

In Five Quarters of the Orange, this bold fem
Apr 22, 2008 Holli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this. I liked the setting (England and France) and the magical quality of the story. I liked the old character, Joe and in my mind saw one of our library patrons playing his part. It made me want to read more of Harris's books. I like the way she conveys that there is more going on in our lives than meets the eye.

From Publishers Weekly
Like her well-received 1999 novel, Chocolat, Harris's latest outing unfolds around the arrival of an outsider in a tiny French town. This time win
When I compare this offering from Joanne Harris to her other books, it is just a meh response. I was disappointed.

It flipped back and forth between 1975 and 1999 too rapidly. I couldn't really get into either period. The ending was abrupt, like the author herself was tired of the whole thing.

I did like some of the characters - Joe & Rosa. It was nice to be in the company of Josephine and Roux again. And there was lots of wine and food to be enjoyed.

May 12, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Of all the books written by Harris, this is my favorite by far. It is a delightful tale of young Jay MacIntosh and the friendship he develops with Joe Cox over the course of 3 summers spent at a small village in England. Joe's past is never made clear; his tales become truth and his truths become tales. The one certainty is that Joe, in his ramshackle cabin knows all there is to know about gardening, herbs and their "magical" healing and protective powers, and wine-making. Althouogh the quality ...more
Юля Білоус
Харріс таки дуже моя письменниця - кожна книжка як якась вишукана і дуже смачна страва: от читаєш і реально "смакуєш" всі ті історії.
А ще в мене якась особлива, трепетна любов до книжок, де оповідач історії зовсім не людина. Були вже книжки, де розповідь велася від імені смерті, від імені корови, від імені чорта, а от ця - Ожинове вино- ведеться від імені ... вина. Кілька бутилок домашнього вина, заховані в льосі старенького будиночку в маленькому містечку Франції розповідають не тільки історію
Sep 05, 2013 Candy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book as a recommendation from my monthly book club. As someone who might be described as enjoying a glass of wine (perhaps two..), I was looking forward to reading it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the characters, the tiny town in France, the bottles of wine that "spoke" (I could relate to that), to Jay and to the belief that all good things can come from a little magic. Because I so enjoyed the movie Chocolat (I had not read the book), I went into this book thinking that it would ...more
Barb Lawrence
This book offers everything I want in a novel: magic, superstition, gardening, introspection, interesting characters, nostalgia. Yet another book I had to read with pen in hand so I could underline favorite passages. Similiar to Alice Hoffman, Joanne Harris is my new favorite author.
May 21, 2017 Victor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
What a wonderful read this is. Thoroughly enjoyed both the plot and the narration of 'Blackberry Wine'. A punch of intoxicating senses which vapouriser's the encantation of the past at every page turn, from page one to the last page. One can almost taste the wine bubbling and working it's magic on the reader too. Super.
'I've had me fill now and bah gum.It tasted ta' right. Hope thee enjoy thy'sen with'dabook, twa's a bloody good read!'.
May 13, 2017 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Writer's block has building blocks
and built these walls around me
I don't feel lucky in here
buried in my head
I'm seeing red and nothing else

- mad all the time by waterparks

I could't get these lyrics out my head the entire time whilst reading this book
Filipe Miguel
Não há qualquer dúvida de que gostei do que li, ou não fosse fã confesso da escrita e imaginação da autora, mas pela primeira vez, num livro de Joanne Harris, não senti satisfação do principio ao fim. Aliás, foi precisamente aí, principio e fim, que surgiram as grandes dúvidas.

A história começa abruptamente e abruptamente acaba. No espaço de poucas páginas, damos por Jay a tomar uma decisão impulsiva que o leva a abandonar a vida que leva e a lançar-se em algo que ele próprio não sabe o que é. N
Fair warning: I’m on a bit of a Joanne Harris binge these days. ”Blackberry Wine” is the story of a writer, widely acclaimed for an insightful novel written fourteen years earlier and financially solvent from lesser sci-fi writing, who is now stuck on so many levels.
The novel alternates between Jay McIntosh’s memories of three summers over twenty years before and the present. Adolescent, lonely, left adrift by his parents’ egocentricity and divorce, Jay finds solace from an eccentric, mysteriou
Jill Furedy
Unlike Chocolat, these characters couldn't hold their own, which is funny since the book is set near Lansquenet and the charcters from Chocolat hover in the sidelines throughout the story. Josephine and Caro and Georges Clairmont are the main people who interact with Jay, though Roux darts through various scenes as well. But Roux was never as charismatic in the book as he was in the movie, so I didn't mind his non-impact here..though it just seemed like odd name dropping by the author to continu ...more
Nov 10, 2011 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: romance readers who like a twist
This was a reading group pick and I voted for it because I liked the movie "Chocolat" so wanted to read some books by this author. Blackberry Wine is pretty good; a romance made better because she addressed creativity, community, financial greed and a few other issues.

Jay Mackintosh is a blocked novelist, living in London with one of those business-like, smart, pushy young women who seem to run the world these days. He wrote one good novel but now can only write trash. Luckily the trash brings h
Aug 03, 2009 Djrmel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, fantasy
Blackberry Wine followed Harris's Chocolat, but well preceeded the movie of Chocolat that brought so many readers to her books. The timing of the writing of these books is relevent, because Blackberry Wine takes place in the same world as Chocolat, with a few characters making cameo appearences. Then came The Lollypop Shoes (or The Girl with No Shadow), a true sequel to Chocolat, and the casting and plot changes from the film are stamped all over the story. But Blackberry Wine continues with the ...more
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May 25, 2008 LindyLouMac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I have had the majority of Joanne Harris's previous novels on my bookshelves for a number of years, so far I have only read Chocolat, Coastliners and Gentleman and Players. Now having just finished Blackberry Wine I intend to rectify this and catch up by reading the rest as soon as possible. So far she has proved to be for me a riveting storyteller, somehow making the locations and characters leap from the page. Her descriptions of food and wine so good that you feel you can smell and t ...more
Bruno Sebastiani
libro insolito e molto bello, costruito con estrema abilità. In ogni sua parte traspare la competenza, oserei dire la sapienza dell'autrice per quel che riguarda le erbe aromatiche, le erbe medicinali, le bacche selvatiche, le piante da frutto e tutto quel che attiene all'arte dell'orticultura. Ma l'idea portante, forse non troppo originale ma resa con irruente immediatezza, si rifà al solito problema di crescere senza riuscire a staccarsi da quel che di prodigioso è accaduto in passato. Il prot ...more
Blaine DeSantis
Oct 04, 2015 Blaine DeSantis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another fine effort by Joanne Harris. She is a fine author who weaves a fun tale of mysticism and life. Wine is the culprit this time, and there are 5 special bottles of wine that change the life of the main character who is an author with a lifestyle and writing block. Wine is used to bring back nostalgia through smells and thoughts and once one of the Specials is opened things begin to change for the better. Probably not as good as Chocolat or Five Quarters of the Orange, this is still a very ...more
Jul 22, 2014 Telans rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Похоже, у Харрис такой фирменный стиль - маленькие городки, Франция, обыденное волшебство, цыгане на заднем плане, матери-одиночки с дочками, непонятые окружающими, и несколько секретов в шкафу. Во всяком случае, *Ежевичное вино* и *Шоколад* этим всем очень похожи.
*Ежевичное вино* - роман взросления. Запоздалого возможно, но взросления. Главный герой пытается разобраться с собой (уже довольно длиииительное время) и в себе, в чем ему, незадачливому английскому писателю, очень помогает одна францу
Aug 27, 2014 Melanti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was describing this book to a friend earlier today and she summed the plot up as being "Office Space with a magic bottle of wine instead of an occupational hypnotherapist." And she's certainly right!

It's magical realism, of course, and a bit darker than Harris's Chocolat but not as dark as Alice Hoffman's work. And while set in the same town as Chocolat, it's not a direct sequel.

There's a fair bit of whimsy to the book as well. A handful of chapters are narrated by a bottle of wine that's sitt
Dec 01, 2014 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joanne Harris most certainly could never be accused of being stuck in a genre. Her books vary wildly in content and style as does my opinion of them. At one end of the scale sits the outstanding Gentlemen and Players; at the other Blue Eyed Boy which I thought was pretty dire. This one has echoes of Chocolat in its flamboyant descriptions of taste and colour - some of the book even takes place in the same village. A lovely whimsical tale of a young boy, Jay, who spends most of his childhood holi ...more
Aug 09, 2016 Lydia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my god! This book!

It has been years. I definitely need to read some Joanne Harris again.

Despite it being years since I read this book, I remember some of the passages quite vividly. Joanne Harris has a very sensual way of writing, in that she engages all your senses. I think Harris was my first introduction to magical realism and that sort of surreal, sentimental writing that has informed a lot of my reading life.

I struggled with reading during high school, I would borrow out 6 different boo
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