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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
Non fiction series
Non fiction
Hugo Best Novel nominee (2000) : Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Hugo Best Novel winner (2001) : Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (2004) : Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
British Book Award Book of the Year winner (2006) : Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Andre Norton Award Best Book winner (2008) : Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Books about J K Rowling
J K Rowling recommends
The Little White Horse (1946)
Elizabeth Goudge
"The Little White Horse was my favourite childhood book. I absolutely adored it. It had a cracking plot. It was scary and romantic in parts and had a feisty heroine."
I Capture the Castle (1948)
Dodie Smith
"This book has one of the most charismatic narrators I've ever met."
The Giggler Treatment (2000)
(Rover Adventures)
Roddy Doyle
"Roddy Doyle is an absolute genius!"
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."
House of Secrets (2013)
(House of Secrets , book 1)
Chris Columbus and Ned Vizzini
"A breakneck roller coaster of an adventure."
How Not To Be a Boy (2017)
Robert Webb
"Profound, touching, personal yet universal...I loved it."

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