Rachel Joyce (writer)

Rachel Joyce is a British writer. She has written plays for BBC Radio 4, and jointly won the 2007 Tinniswood Award for her radio play To Be a Pilgrim.[1][2] Her debut novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, was on the longlist for the 2012 Man Booker Prize,[3] and in December 2012 she was awarded the "New Writer of the Year" award by the National Book Awards for this book.[4]

She had an earlier career as an actress,[5] and has said that between her first writing ambitions aged 14 and the writing of her first novel she was "a young woman, a mother, an actress, a writer of radio drama - not to mention a terrible waitress in a wine bar, a door-to-door sales girl for one morning, and an assistant in a souvenir shop".[6]

She is married to actor Paul Venables, and lives in Gloucestershire with her husband and four children.

She is the sister of actress Emily Joyce.


  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (2012, Doubleday: ISBN 9780857520647)
  • Perfect (2013, Doubleday: ISBN 9780857520661)
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy (2014, Doubleday: ISBN 9780857522450)[7]
  • A Snow Garden and Other Stories (2015, Doubleday: ISBN 978-0857523532)
  • The Music Shop (2017, Doubleday: ISBN 978-0857521927)[8]
  • Miss Benson's Beetle (11 June 2020, Penguin: ISBN 9780857521989)[9]


  • French Literary Award ("Prix Littéraire des Jeunes Européens, 2014 France) for The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry

Reference ListEdit

  1. ^ "About Rachel Joyce". Retrieved 16 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Previous Tinniswood Award winners". Society of Authors. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  3. ^ "2012 longlist announced". The Booker Prizes. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  4. ^ Alison Flood (5 December 2012). "EL James comes out on top at National Book awards". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 December 2012.
  5. ^ "In focus: Steven Pimlott 1996". Royal Shakespeare Company. Retrieved 16 October 2019. Includes two photographs of Joyce, playing Celia in As You Like It
  6. ^ "Author Rachel Joyce on the significance of new beginnings". Penguin. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Rachel Joyce: my unexpected followup to The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry". The Guardian. 28 July 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Rachel Joyce". Penguin books. Retrieved 30 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Miss Benson's Beetle: Rachel Joyce". Penguin Books. Retrieved 14 October 2019.

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