Author of the Sunday Times bestseller The Whalebone Theatre
Joanna Quinn author of The Whalebone Theatre

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 went straight into the bestseller list. It will be published by Knopf in the US in October 2022. It has also been sold into 11 territories worldwide, including France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Holland and Denmark. 

Joanna has worked in journalism and in the charity sector, as well as teaching creative writing. 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.

The front cover of the novel The Whalebone Theatre by Joanna Quinn