Joanna Quinn was born in London and grew up in Dorset, where her first novel The Whalebone Theatre is set.
The Whalebone Theatre was published by Fig Tree in the UK in June 2022 and by Knopf in the US in October 2022, and went straight into the bestseller lists in both countries.
The novel was a 'Read With Jenna' pick and was chosen by HM Queen Camilla for her book club The Reading Room. It was shortlisted for Best Debut Fiction at the British Book Awards, The Authors' Club Best First Novel award and The Society of Authors McKitterick Prize. It was Waterstones Book of the Month in August 2023.
It has also been sold into 14 territories worldwide, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Holland and Denmark.
Joanna has worked in journalism and in the charity sector. She is also a short story writer, published by The White Review and Comma Press among others. She lives in a village near the sea in Dorset. Her agent is Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander.