Joanne Harris Biography
Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire on July 3, 1964, her mother is
French, her father English. She was educated at Wakefield Girls' High and
Barnsley Sixth Form College, and then read Modern and Mediaeval Languages at
Saint Catharine's College, Cambridge. After a number of heroic career
failures (rock musician, herbalist, accountant) she succumbed to genetic
pressure and became a French teacher for 12 years at a boys' grammar school in
Leeds, and later taught a French Literature course at Sheffield University.
Her first novel, The Evil Seed, was published in 1989, although she
strongly advises against reading it. Since then she has written Sleep,
Pale Sister (1993); Chocolat (1999); Blackberry Wine (2000);
Five Quarters of the Orange (2001), Coastliners (2002), Holy
Fools (2003), Jigs and Reels (2004), Gentlemen and Players
(2005), The French Market (2005), The Lollipop Shoes (2007), Runemarks (2008), Blueeyedboy (2010), and a cookbook-memoir My French Kitchen (2002). Her books
have been published in 40 countries and have won a number of British and
She was awarded an honorary D.Lit (Doctor of Letters) by the University of
Huddersfield in 2003 and also by the University of Sheffield in 2004.
According to her website her hobbies include "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."
This biography was last updated on 08/12/2011.
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