Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris (MBE) was born in Barnsley in 1964, of a French mother and an English father. She studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels, including Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche.

Since then, she has written 15 more novels, two novellas, two collections of short stories, a Dr Who novella, guest episodes for the game Zombies, Run, the libretti for two short operas, several screenplays, a musical and three cookbooks. Her books are now published in over 50 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. She is an honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, has honorary doctorates in literature from the universities of Sheffield and Huddersfield, and has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, the Betty Trask Award, the Prima Donna Prize  and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science, as well as for the Fragrance Foundation awards for perfume and perfume journalism (for which she also received an award in 2017) .

She is a passionate advocate for authors’ rights, and is currently the Chair of the Society of Authors (SOA), and member of the Board of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS).

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 perfume, diamonds or pink champagne. She works from a shed in her garden, plays bass in the band she first joined when she was 16, is currently co-writing a stage musical and lives with her husband in a little wood in Yorkshire.


Reviews of Ten Things About Writing


"Joanne is not only master of her craft but has the rare gift of being able to explain that craft and offer peerless advice in the clearest, no-nonsense, practical and entertaining of ways." -- Matt Haig

"Joanne Harris's Ten Tweets are a constant source of pleasure, equally welcome to writers and readers. Her tips are not only hard-earned and well-considered but they also spark debate and creative thought. Frankly, they are marvels in miniature." -- Ian Rankin

"[Joanne Harris's] pithy, often very funny advice demystifies writing and the publishing industry for new and aspiring writers." -- Cressida Cowell

The full list of Joanne’s books


Fiction Series

Vianne Rocher

  1. Chocolat (1998)

  2. The Lollipop Shoes (2007)
    aka The Girl with No Shadow

  3. Peaches for Monsieur le Cure (2012)
    aka Peaches for Father Francis

  4. The Strawberry Thief (2019)


Standalone Novels

  • The Evil Seed (1992)

  • Sleep, Pale Sister (1994)

  • Blackberry Wine (2000)

  • Five Quarters of the Orange (2001)

  • The Coastliners (2001)

  • Holy Fools (2003)

  • Gentlemen and Players (2005)

  • Blueeyedboy (2010)

  • Different Class (2016)



  • Breakfast at Tesco's (2011)

  • Waiting for Gandalf (2011)



  • Jigs and Reels (2004)

  • Because I'm a Girl (2010) (with Tim Butcher, Kathy Lette, Henning Mankell, Deborah Moggach, Marie Phillips, Irvine Welsh and Xiaolu Guo)

  • Any Girl Can Be a CandyKiss Girl! / Tea with the Birds / The G-SUS Gene (2011)

  • Auto-da-fe / Free Spirit / Fule's Gold (2011)

  • Class of '81 / Come in, Mr Lowry, Your Number Is Up! (2011)

  • Eau de Toilette / Fish / Never Give a Sucker... (2011)

  • Faith and Hope Go Shopping / Hello, Goodbye (2011)

  • Gastronomicon / The Ugly Sister (2011)

  • Last Train to Dogtown / The Little Mermaid (2011)

  • A Place in the Sun / Al and Christine's World of Leather / The Spectator (2011)

  • A Cat, a Hat, and a Piece of String (2012)

  • Four For Fantasy (2013) (with Brian Aldiss, Joe Hill and Richard Christian Matheson)


Series contributed to

  • Doctor Who : Time Trips
    The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Time Traveller (2014)

  • Doctor Who: Time Trips: The Collection (2015)
    (with Cecelia Ahern, Jake Arnott, Trudi Canavan, Jenny T Colgan, Stella Duffy, Nick Harkaway and A L Kennedy)


Non fiction

  • The French Kitchen (2002) (with Fran Warde)

  • My French Kitchen (2003) (with Fran Warde)

  • The French Market (2005) (with Fran Warde)

  • The Little Book of Chocolat (2014) (with Fran Warde)



  • Whitbread Prize Best Novel nominee (1999) : Chocolat

  • Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2007) : Gentlemen and Players