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J K Rowling


(Joanne Kathleen Rowling)
UK flag (b.1965)

aka Robert Galbraith

Joanne Rowling was born on 31st July 1965 at Yate General Hospital just outside Bristol, and grew up in Gloucestershire in England and in Chepstow, Gwent, in south-east Wales. Her father, Peter, was an aircraft engineer at the Rolls Royce factory in Bristol and her mother, Anne, was a science technician in the Chemistry department at Wyedean Comprehensive, where Jo herself went to school.

The young Jo grew up surrounded by books. "I lived for books" she has said. "I was your basic common-or-garden bookworm, complete with freckles and National Health spectacles".

Jo left home at eighteen for Exeter University, where she read so widely outside her French and Classics syllabus that she clocked up a fine of £50 for overdue books at the University library. Her knowledge of Classics would one day come in handy for creating the spells in the Harry Potter series, some of which are based on Latin.
 

Genres: Young Adult Fantasy, Children's Fiction, General Fiction
 
New and upcoming books
Novels
   The Casual Vacancy (2012)
   The Ickabog (2020)
   The Christmas Pig (2021)
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J K Rowling recommends
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How Not To Be a Boy (2017)
Robert Webb
"Profound, touching, personal yet universal...I loved it."
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Clash of the Worlds (2016)
(House of Secrets , book 3)
Chris Columbus, Chris Rylander and Ned Vizzini
"A breakneck, jam-packed, roller coaster of an adventure."
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Cirque Du Freak (2000)
(Saga of Darren Shan, book 1)
Darren Shan
"Fast paced and compelling, full of satisfying macabre touches -- Cirque du Freak explores the powerful fascination of the dangerous and unnatural and also, movingly, the obligations of friendship."

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Books containing stories by J K Rowling
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A Love Letter to Europe (2019)
An outpouring of sadness and hope
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By the Book (2014)
Writers On Literature and the Literary Life
edited by
Pamela Paul
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Becoming Myself (2006)
Reflections On Growing Up Female
edited by
Willa Shalit

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Awards
2020 British Book Award 30 from 30 Special Award : Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
2008 Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature : Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
2008 British Book Award Outstanding Achievement
2008 Andre Norton Award : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
2006 British Book Award Book of the Year : Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
2001 Hugo Award for Best Novel : Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2000 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel : Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
2000 British Book Award Author of the Year

Award nominations
2022 British Book Award Children's Fiction Book of the Year (shortlist) : The Christmas Pig
2021 British Book Award Children's Fiction Book of the Year (shortlist) : The Ickabog
2017 British Book Award Children's Fiction Book of the Year (shortlist) : Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts I & II
2004 Prometheus Award (nominee) : Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
2001 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
2000 Hugo Award for Best Novel (nominee) : Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
1999 Locus Award for Best First Novel (nominee) : Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
1999 Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel (nominee) : Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone


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