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Rachel Joyce has written over 20 original afternoon plays for BBC Radio 4, and major adaptations for both the Classic Series, Woman's Hour and also a TV drama adaptation for BBC 2. In 2007 she won the Tinniswood Award for best radio play.She moved to writing after a twenty-year career in theatre and television, performing leading roles for the RSC, the Royal National Theatre, The Royal Court, and Cheek by Jowl, winning a Time Out Best Actress award and the Sony Silver.
Genres: Literary Fiction
 
Awards
Desmond Elliott Prize Best Book nominee (2012) : The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry
The Man Booker Prize Best Novel nominee (2012) : The Unlikely Pilgrimage Of Harold Fry


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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep (2016)
Joanna Cannon
"Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door."
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My Name Is Leon (2016)
Kit de Waal
"Tender and heart-breaking."
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The Beginning of the World in the Middle of the Night (2017)
Jen Campbell
"Interwoven with myth and fairy tale, these stories are surprising, delightful, and by turns dangerous and joyful, like walking through a mirror and discovering a world that you both recognise and have never seen before."
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White Chrysanthemum (2018)
Mary Lynn Bracht
"I read Hana and Emi's story with my heart in my mouth... A bold, devastating, important novel shot through with hope and beauty."
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Tomorrow (2018)
Damian Dibben
"Ornate, vivid, deeply colored, and so precise I could smell and taste the world ... the story of a dog crossing continents and centuries in search of the man he loves is moving and tender. I was captivated by its charm from the beginning."
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Meet Me At the Museum (2018)
Anne Youngson
"A moving tribute to friendship and love, to the courage of the ordinary, and to starting again."
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A Place for Us (2018)
Fatima Farheen Mirza
"Beautiful, intimate, tender. So vividly told the characters live and breathe."
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The Distance Home (2018)
Paula Saunders
"Set in a landscape at once stark and beautiful, here is a luminous novel about the intricacies of family life and family love . . . Heartbreaking, full of compassion, and prose that feels it has always been there, not even forged from nothing, but essentially true. I haven’t read anything this good in a long time."

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