Rachel Joyce: Biography

Rachel Joyce

Rachel Joyce is a British author who originally worked as an actress before moving to writing. She acted for more than 20 years in leading stage roles for internationally acclaimed companies such as the RSC and the Royal National Theatre.

Her first novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, has been incredibly popular since its publication in 2012. It is a Sunday Times and international bestselling title and was on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize and the shortlist for the Commonwealth Book Prize. The publication of this novel also earned her the title of Specsavers National Book Awards ‘New Writer of the Year’ in 2012. It was the best-selling hardback book of any new novelist in 2012.

Joyce has since written a further 2 novels and a collection of short stories, all of which have been very well received. She is also a prolific writer of radio plays, having had more than 20 writing credits for original dramas aired on BBC Radio 4. Her first novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, actually started out as a radio play and Joyce decided to extend it into a full-length novel. She was a joint winner for the Tinniswood Award in 2007 for her radio play To Be A Pilgrim. Her own novels have also been adapted and dramatized for radio.

Rachel Joyce is married to the British actor Paul Venables who is a recognisable face on British television dramas. Together they live in the Cotswolds with their four children.