Joanne Harris (MBE) was born in Barnsley in 1964 to 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 several novels, including Chocolat. Her books are now published in over fifty countries and have won a number of British and international awards. Her new novel, Different Class, is on sale now. She is an honorary Fellow of St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, and has been a judge for the Whitbread Prize, the Orange Prize, the Desmond Elliott Prize, and the Royal Society Winton Prize for Science. She works from a shed in her garden and lives with her husband and daughter in a little wood in Yorkshire.