Joanne Michèle Sylvie Harris
She was born July 3, 1964, Barnsley, Yorkshire, UK
Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels; The Evil Seed (1989), Sleep, Pale Sister (1993) and Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.
Since then, she has written eight more novels; Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, Gentlemen and Players, The Lollipop Shoes and Runemarks, and most recently blueeyedboy which was published in March 2010, plus; Jigs & Reels, a collection of short stories and, with cookery writer Fran Warde, two cookbooks; The French Kitchen and The French Market. Her books are now published in over 40 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. In 2004, Joanne was one of the judges of the Whitbread prize (categories; first novel and overall winner); and in 2005 she was a judge of the Orange prize.
Her hobbies are listed in Who’s Who as: “mooching, lounging, strutting, strumming, priest-baiting and quiet subversion of the system”, although she also enjoys obfuscation, sleaze, rebellion, witchcraft, armed robbery, tea and biscuits. She is not above bribery and would not necessarily refuse an offer involving exotic travel, champagne or yellow diamonds from Graff. She plays bass guitar in a band first formed when she was 16, is currently studying Old Norse and lives with her husband Kevin and her daughter Anouchka, about 15 miles from the place she was born.
Twitter (where I am @joannechocolat)
from her blog dated May 2012
How does an author, faced with several deadlines of the most pressing nature, most profitably spend their time? In my case, they spend it on Twitter; digging the garden; listening to a great deal of musical theatre; re-reading the collected poems of John Donne and The Duchess of Malfi in a vain attempt to help their child revise for their English A-Level; cleaning out the house for the first time in years and making ridiculous amounts of tea.
That said, in spite of this I have managed to finish editing the final, final version of RUNELIGHT, which should be coming out in October. My child is especially pleased by this (although I sense that very soon I may have to start thinking about the sequel). I’m also working on a number of other projects, including a novel, which I’m hoping will turn out to be the third chapter in the story of Vianne Rocher.
In the hope of getting some uninterrupted working time, I have now moved my laptop and desk to the shed (a very posh shed, commissioned by my husband as a phone-free zone to which I can
commute every day, avoiding the distractions
of Twitter, toaster and fridge). Sadly, the view
from the shed is so beautiful that it has become
a distraction in itself…
Books by Joanne Harris:
Steve: * read; **reading; ***In Library
The Evil Seed (1989)
Sleep, Pale Sister (1993)
Blackberry Wine (2000)
Five Quarters of the Orange (2001)
The French Kitchen, A Cook Book (2002)
Holy Fools (2003)
Jigs & Reels (2004)
Gentlemen & Players (2005)
The French Market (2005)
The Lollipop Shoes (2007) (US title: The Girl with No Shadow, 8 April 2008)
Runemarks (2007 in the UK, 2008 in the US)
Blueeyedboy (1 April 2010 in the UK)
Runelight (September 2011 in the UK)
Peaches for Monsieur le Curé (May 2012) (US title: Peaches For Father Francis, October 2012)
A Cat, a Hat and a Piece of String (October 2012)