Joanne Harris was born in Barnsley in 1964, and lives with her husband Kevin and her daughter Anouchka, about 15 miles from the place she was born. She studied Modern and Mediaeval Languages at St Catharineâ€™s College, Cambridge and was a teacher for fifteen years, during which time she published three novels; The Evil Seed (1989), Sleep, Pale Sister (1993) and Chocolat (1999), which was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp.
Since then, she has written five more novels; Blackberry Wine, Five Quarters of the Orange, Coastliners, Holy Fools, and, most recently, Gentlemen and Players, plus; Jigs & Reels, a collection of short stories and, with cookery writer Fran Warde, two cookbooks; The French Kitchen and The French Market. Her books are now published in over 40 countries and have won a number of British and international awards. In 2004, Joanne was one of the judges of the Whitbread prize (categories; first novel and overall winner); and in 2005 she was a judge of the Orange prize.
Full of old magic and rich in atmosphere, Runemarks takes readers into the heart of Norse mythology. Born with a rusty coloured rune on her hand, Maddy Smith has always known that she has the gift of magic. While many pity her for it as it makes her an outsider, she loves the special qualities it gives her. But it has its dangers too. Maddy’s adventures lead her on a fantasy adventure full of magic and trickery into the World Below and the search for the relic of the old gods. Joanne Harris cleverly weaves new life and a feisty contemporary heroine into the familiar strands of old myth and magic.
A huge and dramatic, soap opera of a novel full of old world magic and larger than life characters. Maddy knows that she is different from everyone else in her village: she was born with a ‘rune’ – a special mark on her hand. She can do all kinds of magic and she loves it, especially when it means controlling the pesky goblins. But, can she stop The End of Everything? And does she want to? A flamboyant and wholly engrossing story. This is the Joanne Harris's first children's book.
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