Jigs & Reels, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Take your partners, please. Suburban witches, defiant old ladies, ageing monsters, suicidal Lottery winners, wolf men, dolphin women and middle-aged manufacturers of erotic leatherwear: in Joanne Harris' first collection of short stories the miraculous goes hand-in-hand with the mundane, the sour with the sweet, and the beautiful, the grotesque, the seductive and the disturbing are never more than one step away.

This is an eclectic selection of tales for our times that shows a side to Joanne Harris you have never seen before.

So go on, be tempted. After all, it's only dancing.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Short stories
  • ISBN: 9780552771795



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A collection of short stories: quirky, odd, sad, strange, sometimes sweet, sometimes horrid. Not all of them work, but the ones that do are deeply satisfying, and most of the others are at least worth a read. Joanne Harris, like so many others, doesn't admit to being a science fiction/fantasy writer, but she doesn't exactly try very hard to hide it either, and the fantastic elements give her writing a certain charm.

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I always find Joanne Harris' writing magical and absorbing. It doesn't do it for me quite as well in this collection of short stories, though. Some of them are enjoyable -- and I do like the 'punchline' of her stabs at the beauty industry -- but the quality isn't very consistent. I really like her way of describing things, and her descriptions of food are always amazing, but some of these stories just weren't as vibrant and colourful as I'd hoped.<br/><br/>I like that she has short introductions with each story. I like knowing what's in a writer's head that sparks the story.<br/><br/>Joanne Harris' books/stories are like comfort food for me -- goes down easy, doesn't satisfy for long. I always want a little more.

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rabck from MyssCyn; short stories. Uneven reading for me. Faith and Hope Go Shopping was a nice lark, Auto-da-fe was creepy but intriguing and written very tightly. But others were just too loosely written.

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