A cat, a hat and a piece of string

If you could choose three items to take on a desert island with you, what would you pick?

I’d probably be practical and choose a Swiss army knife, a tarp and a pot. But what would I do without a book to read?

When British author Joanne Harris was asked, she whimsically said: a cat, a hat and a piece of string “partly because each item has many potential uses, on its own or separately, which makes my choice more than the sum of its parts.” The sentiment applies to her latest book, a collection of short stories.

While she’s sold more than 30 million books, she doesn’t write short stories very often. Here’s my review in the Toronto Star of Harris’ A cat, a hat and a piece of string.

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