The novella is a an storytelling form that is growing in both popularity and stature and now best-selling author Joanne Harris is making a contribution to the medium.
A Pocketful of Crows is a dark fable for adults, and a perfect read for the winter months. Beautifully written and illustrated, it was inspired by the The Brown Girl ballad (number 295 in The Child Ballad – a collection of 305 traditional English and Scottish tales from the late 1800’s) and draws on nature, the seasons and superstitions to weave a tale of young love, magic, heartbreak, betrayal and revenge
Originating as one of @JoanneChocolat’s live #Storytime events, in which she composes a new story live on twitter, it has developed into the coming-of-age tale of a nameless, wild girl who follows her heart into a fairy-tale relationship. Exploring themes of being an outsider, and of discovering who you are and what you can achieve, this is a powerful love and life story with a touch of Grimm’s fairy tales, a pinch of the gothic and a lot of humanity.
Joanne Harris said: ‘I see A Pocketful of Crows as a psychological coming-of-age story disguised as a fairy tale. There are elements of Grimm’s fairy tales here, and elements of the Gothic novel. Most of all, there is the idea that fairy tales can be reflections of the human psyche, expressing things through story that cannot be easily articulated elsewhere’
Joanne is no stranger to either fantasy writing. Her books The Gospel of Loki and Runemarks are two fantasy tale based around Norse mythology and are also published by Gollancz.
I am looking forward to reading A Pocketful of Crows when it is released in October 2017 and you can expect a review soon after.