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Keeping the Faith

An object lesson in sensitive characterisation from Joanne Harris, explored by Helen M Walters


Joanne Harris is perhaps best known for her novels, including Chocolat, The Gospel of Loki and Blackberry Wine but she has also written many short stories, and it is one of these that I’d like to look at this month. Faith And Hope Go Shopping is a touching tale of two elderly women in a care home who decide to make a break for freedom. The story has lots to show us about how the use of humour, an engaging voice, and perfectly chosen language in a story can produce a magical effect. As usual, there are spoilers ahead and you’ll get the most from this masterclass if you read the story for yourself first. It’s in Joanne’s 2005 collection Jigs and Reels.

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