Joanne Limburg (born 1970) is a British writer and poet based in Cambridge. She has published three books of poetry for adults, one book of poetry for children, a novel and two books of memoirs.
Limburg was born in London to parents who were Reform Jews and raised in Stanmore, a district of Hackney, and Edgware. Her mother came from Kremenchug in the Ukraine, while her father's family arrived before the late 19th century. At Cambridge University, she studied social and political sciences.
She won a Eric Gregory Award in 1998 for her poetry. Her first book of poetry, Femenismo was published in 2000. The book was shortlisted for the 2000 Forward Prize Best First Collection. Her debut novel, A Want of Kindness, which concerns the 18th century monarch Queen Anne, was published in 2015. "Despite the constraints imposed by her wet heroine, Limburg has written a deft, absorbing book about a fascinating period", wrote Antonia Senior in The Times.
Limburg has written about the guilt of her miscarriage and the possibility that she had thoughts of harming her baby. It was only during her pregnancy that she self diagnosed her own Obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and later it was confirmed by a specialist. She suffers from Asperger's syndrome, which was only diagnosed in her 30s.
The Woman Who Thought Too Much, a memoir, was published in January 2011. The book is revealing of the authors feelings about her own obsessive-compulsive disorder and the challenges it has brought. She has a need for constant reassurance. Limburg has lost jobs over her fear of unusual things happening. She considers what would happen if her husband got cancer or a car hits her and her son.
- Femenismo, 2000
- Paraphernalia, 2007 (Poetry Book Society Recommendation)
- The Woman Who Thought Too Much, 2011 (shortlisted for Mind Book of the Year Award)
- The Oxygen Man, 2012
- Bookside Down, 2013
- A Want of Kindness, 2015
- Autistic Alice, 2017
- Small Pieces, 2017
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