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She is the creator of probably the most famous - and certainly the best-loved - character in contemporary fiction. She is also the author of her own escape from an existence on the brink of poverty, with no job and few prospects. On the one hand there is J.K. Rowling, who wrote, and continues to write, the Harry Potter novels,a literary phenomenon. O the other, there is She is the creator of probably the most famous - and certainly the best-loved - character in contemporary fiction. She is also the author of her own escape from an existence on the brink of poverty, with no job and few prospects. On the one hand there is J.K. Rowling, who wrote, and continues to write, the Harry Potter novels,a literary phenomenon. O the other, there is Joanne Rowling, a quiet, dreamy, rather shy woman whose brilliance in translating her dreams into prose transformed her own life. JK - The Story of J.K. Rowling details her life from her childhood and schooling in the West Country; the effect upon her of the wasting illness that struck down her mother; her time at Exeter University; her long-term relationship and her career and marriage, which collapsed after thirteen months, leaving her to return to Britain with her baby daughter. The Harry Potter novels are more than fantasy: there is a toughness to the writing, a sense of realism and a questing morality that go beyond mere adventure, magic and the battle between good and evil. How those books came to be written, and the influences that shaped both them and their author, form the core of this inspirational biography.


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She is the creator of probably the most famous - and certainly the best-loved - character in contemporary fiction. She is also the author of her own escape from an existence on the brink of poverty, with no job and few prospects. On the one hand there is J.K. Rowling, who wrote, and continues to write, the Harry Potter novels,a literary phenomenon. O the other, there is She is the creator of probably the most famous - and certainly the best-loved - character in contemporary fiction. She is also the author of her own escape from an existence on the brink of poverty, with no job and few prospects. On the one hand there is J.K. Rowling, who wrote, and continues to write, the Harry Potter novels,a literary phenomenon. O the other, there is Joanne Rowling, a quiet, dreamy, rather shy woman whose brilliance in translating her dreams into prose transformed her own life. JK - The Story of J.K. Rowling details her life from her childhood and schooling in the West Country; the effect upon her of the wasting illness that struck down her mother; her time at Exeter University; her long-term relationship and her career and marriage, which collapsed after thirteen months, leaving her to return to Britain with her baby daughter. The Harry Potter novels are more than fantasy: there is a toughness to the writing, a sense of realism and a questing morality that go beyond mere adventure, magic and the battle between good and evil. How those books came to be written, and the influences that shaped both them and their author, form the core of this inspirational biography.

30 review for J.K. Rowling - A Biography

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've always admired Rowling a great deal. Not only did she write my all time favorite book series, she also seems like a very brave and intelligent woman who goes her own way. So therefor I was very eager to read this book. At first I was very disappointed. The beginning was slow, boring and didn't say anything at all about Joanne as a person. The author wrote about her parents, where they lived and how much they paid for their house and so on. He also made a lot of lame attempts to make I've always admired Rowling a great deal. Not only did she write my all time favorite book series, she also seems like a very brave and intelligent woman who goes her own way. So therefor I was very eager to read this book. At first I was very disappointed. The beginning was slow, boring and didn't say anything at all about Joanne as a person. The author wrote about her parents, where they lived and how much they paid for their house and so on. He also made a lot of lame attempts to make connections between Joanne's life and the Harry Potter books, which felt very farfetched. But it got more interesting when he wrote about Joanne's life in Portugal and her success with Harry Potter. So the second half of the book made the read worthwhile for me. I'd only recommend it to hardcore Potter and Rowling fans, though.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Angela Joyce

    What an inspirational woman!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gabriel Woods

    This is the first contemporary biography I have ever read for the same reasons as I found this book was effected by. Paragraphs of facts with little use of the imagination and limited description of the people that are being discussed. I am ghost writing my first biography currently about a local lady who most of her life experienced institutional abuse. I read this book to give me an idea of what a contemporary biography might look like. I have read books about Patrick Pearse and additional This is the first contemporary biography I have ever read for the same reasons as I found this book was effected by. Paragraphs of facts with little use of the imagination and limited description of the people that are being discussed. I am ghost writing my first biography currently about a local lady who most of her life experienced institutional abuse. I read this book to give me an idea of what a contemporary biography might look like. I have read books about Patrick Pearse and additional historical texts to research my books Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland's Freedom 1st and 2nd Editions..To some the historical biographies were interesting and exciting, they were about principled people of action. I thought that if I read a contemporary biography I might be better informed than how historical biographies are written. Even history books and biographies did not reveal the truth and personalities of the amazing people that took part in the Easter Rising as I believe them to have been . I decided to introduce fictional characters and possibly fictional conversations among the leaders.This was not part of my original plan for how I wanted to write the book but I did not realise the lack of information these historical biographies contained. I decided to introduce to people interested in this horrifying event through these characters the brutality and the feelings of terror, other emotions and thoughts that many involved in the Easter Rising would naturally have felt as human beings during this rebellion in Ireland that I had not read in any history books. Yet history teachers during my schooling did impart to their students the living nightmare for the people in Dublin that fateful week which was the Rising. They went to great lengths for their young students to express the amazing rebels involved and the horrifying events which captivated their students and especially me. Given the violent situations these men, lovers of peace and equality, found themselves faced with the conversations I created may easily have occurred. I introduced in my book Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland's Freedom a myriad of feelings including terror and thoughts that are absent in any history book I ever read which would naturally have been what people experienced during Easter week. I wrote snippets of information about the leaders that many people would not be aware of. Tourists including English people were caught up in the crossfire and destruction. Even a few of the most high class hotels in Dublin city centre were blown apart. English and Irish soldiers were involved and many were recorded as not desiring to destroy the city of Dublin and killing masses of people but were ordered to do so. If these soldiers did not do as commanded they too would have been shot. Yet many history books do not discuss this vitally important information I have included in my books Easter Rising 1916 A Family Answers The Call For Ireland's Freedom, those involved and particularly the leaders of the Easter Rising 1916. JK Rowling - A Biography just like many history books and some biographies of other famous people gave little facts about JK the actual person and instead I read pages and pages about her accolades and successes. But the actual lady that I wanted to learn about, how she thought, what her life experiences meant to her, how she was affected by her life past and present were mostly missing. For me there was a lack of detail when these were written by the biographer as if these aspects were not worth mentioning. This was also a positive book because there were two chapters based on how serendipity played a huge part with the success of her books, how she was "lucky" and "fortunate". These events were useful to know. However being an author myself and having authors as friends I know that serendipity plays a part in the success of books but for a writer to write a book; even one book, there is a lot of action and determination needed as well as fun. Years may pass, if ever, before an author is given the recognition that JK worked hard to receive. I have no doubt she enjoyed writing the Harry Potter series. Many authors write because they have an innate desire or need to do so. Writing is as necessary as breathing to many authors including me. Sucess and public recognition is the icing on the cake. I am sure JK Rowling worked very hard to achieve her goals as I believe at least some action is needed for people to partner with serendipity so that dreams can come true. For many authors myself included being a writer is our identity, writing is our way of life. That kind of information, what that felt like to JK Rowling, I would have been happy to read in this book. JK has written at least nine books but strangely not a word was written about these important aspects of her as an author. I would be disappointed if I was written about as almost a shadow in my own life. The biographer did make an honest effort to describe JK and her life but I feel he did not write about the actual person. Jk must have an amazing mind, be an absolute genious and have a wonderful view of people, life and the world to write as she does. This information would have been wonderful for me to have read about in this biography. It is possible JK did not want too much detail about her to be released as she is said to be a very private person. If that is so I write with sincerity that the author did well in giving just enough information to offer a hint of JK Rowling.the person. I think it would be fair to say that given the focus of the biographer earlier in the book on JK's achievements and at the end of the book on her wealth and how spin offs from her books such as companies being for example given the rights to sell duvets with Harry Potter images printed on them shows the importance the biographer places on prestige and money not JK. JK was a lone parent when she became successful. She later donated large sums of money to a lone parents charity organisation when she was becoming wealthy. She also took part in Comic Relief to name but a few charities she became involved in. Rowling wrote speeches that spoke volumes to the prestigious attendees of high profile events asking the attendees to consider the importance of equality. Yet the charitable aspect of her and her desire for a fair society were only mentioned in a few sentences . Even the characters in JK Rowling's books proove her desire for equality and a dislike for people who are abusive. Not an obsession with money and status. I think the biographer should have realised that JK Rowling is an author, not a banker. Books written to the best of the author's ability is what is very dear to them. JK's obvious deep love for her daughter clearly surpassed in importance any other desire but the writing of her books was next in importance. In my experience as an author, having friends as authors and assisting other authors writing the perfect book or writing as close to the perfect book as we can get is our aim. Any success is a bonus. It is a pity the biographer did not include that which at least is an aspect of JK Rowling and JK the author as well as millionaire. It was her skill as an author and brilliantly written books that generated her success which should have been discussed more by the biographer

  4. 5 out of 5

    chucklesthescot

    'Exhaustive research'? I don't agree with that at all. This strikes me as the type of fluff that someone tries to rush out in order to be the first biography written about the celebrity. There was no meat on the subject and not much inspiration and I'd personally advise people not to expect great things from this book if you go to read it. I think I'd prefer an autobiography by JK herself!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    This was a nice introduction to JK's life, but in fact.. if I'm really honest.. I would advice everyone to watch the documentary on the bonus disc of the 6th movie instead. It's much more gripping that way and that was my biggest problem with this book. The things that happened were horrible at times but I just wasn't feeling it. Despite being a biography, I think that definitely should have been in there. But the general feeling about Jo's past and childhood was overall just.. wrong I think. It This was a nice introduction to JK's life, but in fact.. if I'm really honest.. I would advice everyone to watch the documentary on the bonus disc of the 6th movie instead. It's much more gripping that way and that was my biggest problem with this book. The things that happened were horrible at times but I just wasn't feeling it. Despite being a biography, I think that definitely should have been in there. But the general feeling about Jo's past and childhood was overall just.. wrong I think. It was all rather positive and somehow that's not the idea that I got from Jo herself in the beforementioned documentary. Another complaint is with the translation. I read this in Dutch and the Dutch translation wasn't too splendid. Also I didn't get the feeling that Sean Smith checked a lot of the facts with Jo herself. Many others, yes, but Joanne was only quoted from interviews and that actually frustrated me. Not to say this was badly researched, but it just irks me when it was concluded that this or that in the Harry Potter books was based on this or that event from Jo's life without getting the feeling that this was actually the case.. It just felt like something Smith concluded.. That said, the book definitely picked up in the second half and did make an enjoyable read. It just wasn't as good as it could have been.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Betul

    I recommend this book to all Potterheads. Although the first pages (till around page 76), it is a bit boring and is more like scattered information about the early years of J.K. Rowling rather than a meaningful biography with every chapter leading to a conclusion. Be patient, after that first part, the book gets very interesting and turns into a well-narrated biography with reasonable information rather than just random facts scattered around. The book ends before Harry Potter and the Order of the I recommend this book to all Potterheads. Although the first pages (till around page 76), it is a bit boring and is more like scattered information about the early years of J.K. Rowling rather than a meaningful biography with every chapter leading to a conclusion. Be patient, after that first part, the book gets very interesting and turns into a well-narrated biography with reasonable information rather than just random facts scattered around. The book ends before Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, but it is a good biography narrating both the good and the bad turning points in Joanne's life that led to Harry Potter books in the end. It clearly shows Harry Potter is not just success-overnight. It was hard-work, intelligence and good-timing all combined nicely in one young woman's life with many ups and downs.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Vickey

    Loved reading about J.K. Rowling's life that influenced her writing in one of my favourite book series, Harry Potter. I always thought she was such an inspiring person and after reading this biography, I couldn't believe how much your life can change when you choose to follow your dreams. J.K. Rowling is an author that I greatly admire and her books and work definitely changed my life. An amazing biography for all Harry Potter fans and anyone who is interested in biographies, as this book proves Loved reading about J.K. Rowling's life that influenced her writing in one of my favourite book series, Harry Potter. I always thought she was such an inspiring person and after reading this biography, I couldn't believe how much your life can change when you choose to follow your dreams. J.K. Rowling is an author that I greatly admire and her books and work definitely changed my life. An amazing biography for all Harry Potter fans and anyone who is interested in biographies, as this book proves there is nothing impossible!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    When I read it I was curious to know what gave a human this kind of inspiration to write a story such as Harry Potter. My curiosity was satisfied because in the end I realized, one only needs to be a human with heart and to allow themselves to create as many stories as they need in order to survive.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    I still don’t feel like I know the woman, but it served as a small dose of inspiration.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    And now I get to learn all about my all time favorite author!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ida (IG: PleaseJustLetMeRead)

    This is decent, at most. Sean Smith tries to give the full picture of Joanne Rowling, but makes a lot of mistakes along the road, which could easily have been avoided with a tiny bit of extra research. I know, I know, it's an older book by now, and we know a lot more about the Harry Potter universe and Joanne Rowling now than we did back when this book was published, but how hard can it be, when you're allready in the process of researching for the book? It just seems a bit unprofessional, and This is decent, at most. Sean Smith tries to give the full picture of Joanne Rowling, but makes a lot of mistakes along the road, which could easily have been avoided with a tiny bit of extra research. I know, I know, it's an older book by now, and we know a lot more about the Harry Potter universe and Joanne Rowling now than we did back when this book was published, but how hard can it be, when you're allready in the process of researching for the book? It just seems a bit unprofessional, and takes a lot of the seriousness from the book. I LOVE learning more about the Harry Potter universe and Joanne Rowling, as she is my all-time favourite author (no offense to anyone else meant, but she's almost a goddess), but this book is missing out on a lot of possibilities.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Claireybooks

    I really love JKRowling. I love her life story & although, this book was repetative, I enjoyed it. Not for the writing, but the information given. I enjoyed reading snippets from previous interviews with Joanne Rowling that I haven't read or seen. There were plenty of quotes from sources too, which I enjoyed. I found it amusing too, but that's from the view of someone in 2019, long after all the books & films have been produced. It was cool to see the expectations of people and relive it I really love JKRowling. I love her life story & although, this book was repetative, I enjoyed it. Not for the writing, but the information given. I enjoyed reading snippets from previous interviews with Joanne Rowling that I haven't read or seen. There were plenty of quotes from sources too, which I enjoyed. I found it amusing too, but that's from the view of someone in 2019, long after all the books & films have been produced. It was cool to see the expectations of people and relive it myself. Finding myself saying "Oh, I thought that" or "I remember wondering if this was going to happen".

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Hjorth

    slightly dull in the beginning but got more and more exciting as I read on! good read about an interesting woman.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Tania Nemtzidou

    To be honest, I felt really detached. I mean I learnt about J.K Rowling's life but it didn't feel like a biography, more like a research paper on an author. There was something missing. I don't know how many books on Rowling there are out there but I would suggest to find another one.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Lukyan's Library

    This was yet another school book I had to read in 2017 and I really did not enjoy it. Technically, I didn't have to read this particular book, but the assignment was to read a biography of a person we were interested in. This is obviously a biography on J.K. Rowling, whom I admire, but this book was very disappointing in my humble opinion. Characters: (Non-fiction N/A) Plot: (Non-fiction N/A) Originality: (Non-fiction N/A) Writing: 2 stars (All out of 5 stars)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Ariel R

    The theme of the book J.K. Rowling, A biography is that no matter how bad circumstances may get, there is always a way back to the light. This book is written in third person, and it is biography about the life of Joanne Rowling from childhood to success. This book carefully covers all the struggles, benefits, tragedy, and triumphs of her life. The reader comes to understand determination and love in its truest form, and that no matter how hopeless life situations may get, true talent will The theme of the book J.K. Rowling, A biography is that no matter how bad circumstances may get, there is always a way back to the light. This book is written in third person, and it is biography about the life of Joanne Rowling from childhood to success. This book carefully covers all the struggles, benefits, tragedy, and triumphs of her life. The reader comes to understand determination and love in its truest form, and that no matter how hopeless life situations may get, true talent will always shine through. The story shows that that even in her gloomy and desperate situation; Joanne put her love for her daughter above anything else, and passionately continued her construction of Harry Potter. This book takes place in many different places that occurred in Joanne’s life, including, Winterbourne, England, Tutshill, England, Scotland, and Portugal. Joanne grew up in small, tight knit communities, where she played and told stories to her friends and sister, Di. Later, when she graduated from college after majoring in French, she got a job position in Portugal in a small town that was livelier at night than in day. There, in Portugal, she met a man in a bar named Jorge. After a few hours Joanne found out that she and Jorge had a lot in common, and she ended up marrying him and having her only daughter, Jessica. Unfortunately, Joanne and Jorge got into a fight, and after declaring that she no longer loved him, Joanne was thrown out into the streets of Portugal, which is when she then decided to go back to England with Jessica in tow, thus cutting Jorge out of her life forever. There in England, living in an unheated one-bedroomed flat, Joanne continued wither her notes and chapters of Harry Potter, nursing a cup of coffee at a café for hours at a time with Jessica sleeping soundly in a stroller while she wrote her masterpiece. After being turned down by twelve publishers, Joanne got her book published and was amazed that it was an instant bestseller, making her one of the best-knows authors of the modern world. I found this book to be inspiring and highly fascinating, accurately describing the hopelessness and miracle of opportunity, love, talent, and life. “‘I was afraid to risk poverty and disillusionment and devote myself wholeheartedly to the only ambition I had ever had, to be a writer.’ Joanne admitted that it was only through her well-publicized period of poverty-stricken parenthood that she found the courage to find out whether she had any true worth as a writer” (191). I found myself being inspired and being able to connect with this excerpt of the book because, like Joanne, I too love to write and I find it outstanding that a person in such dire circumstances was able to pull off a masterpiece that has inspired people all around the world. This passage tells a story of a person who was afraid to peruse their true ambition, yet when faced with nothing to lose, blossomed in the moment and triumphed over all their fears and woes. This book has numerous strengths; these include the honesty in which Joanne’s life was described, the fantasy-like outcome of the story, and the basic fact that Joanne was a normal person barely getting by who managed to write an international phenomenon. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who asks, for it is an inspiring and remarkable tale of someone, who against all odds and expectations, made something of her life, and in the process, contributed to the happiness and imagination of millions of people worldwide.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Rula

    for anyone who is a harry potter fan, there is no better book than the biography of JK Rowling, the genius behind harry potter. this book has excited me so much and it has given me insight of how a writer should be. i really liked the way that JK Rowling's friends had really interesting things to say about her, growing up with her, going to school with her, going to college with her and old colleagues who she worked with. i have always wanted to be a writer just like JK Rowling because of the for anyone who is a harry potter fan, there is no better book than the biography of JK Rowling, the genius behind harry potter. this book has excited me so much and it has given me insight of how a writer should be. i really liked the way that JK Rowling's friends had really interesting things to say about her, growing up with her, going to school with her, going to college with her and old colleagues who she worked with. i have always wanted to be a writer just like JK Rowling because of the publicity she was getting and recognising that she has the talent to do something that she believes in to come true. i really loved this book because i have read four books of the series and reading book five at the moment, i am absolutely hooked and loving the series that she has created to a be fantasy world full of mythical creatures and a magic school where anything can happen...if you only believe in it. i think that JK Rowling is a brilliant author who has a vivid imagination can create a magical world like this. any reader who wants to read the series and i hope they will, will be happy to see a little boy realising he's not normal, he's a wizard who can do amazing things. i believe that one day i might follow in her footsteps because i am writing a new story (which hasn't got a title yet!) but i think it's going to be a good one, i hope. it's about two sisters who have different dreams of being happy - Cynthia is the oldest who's got a job, decent salary and a boyfriend and they're going to get married; on the other hand there is Arlene who wants to have a career before marriage. she is a writer who wants to be a success ( i am actually basing her on myself) and she has many dreams about the future: have a job, decent salary, be a wife and mother. but she's writing her own story and she gets lost in her own story and she doesn't know what's going to happen in her story is actually happening to her. so it's kind of exciting, really. i would just like to say how wonderful JK Rowling is because i see a little bit of myself - a writer, someone who knows what she wants and to have a better life.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kirsti

    This was book was good, but not great. I have been just as big a fan of JK Rowling as I am of her books for years, but I rarely find myself enjoying her biographies. Her story is a great one, but somehow it became dry in the retelling, and I think that is the fault of the author here. It was all the unnecessary background information on people/places that probably didn't deserve a mention. It was also because of when this book was released; just after GOF. We all know what success the books/films This was book was good, but not great. I have been just as big a fan of JK Rowling as I am of her books for years, but I rarely find myself enjoying her biographies. Her story is a great one, but somehow it became dry in the retelling, and I think that is the fault of the author here. It was all the unnecessary background information on people/places that probably didn't deserve a mention. It was also because of when this book was released; just after GOF. We all know what success the books/films went onto after that, and somehow I can never find a modern biography that encompasses the world of Harry up until recently. So an alright read, not utterly thrilling. If you don't know her story, this one has all the facts, it's just missing a little heart.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Lyne

    I had to read a biography for my English class and I wanted to choose one that I would want to read and enjoy reading. I chose JK Rowling because she is the author of my favorite series, Harry Potter. Thud book was full of fun facts that surprisingly I didn't know. I totally recommend reading this book! I love the fact that in this book there were so many facts about her. you may be like "Well yeah, of course there are facts. its a biography." But i just think its so interesting. It tells you I had to read a biography for my English class and I wanted to choose one that I would want to read and enjoy reading. I chose JK Rowling because she is the author of my favorite series, Harry Potter. Thud book was full of fun facts that surprisingly I didn't know. I totally recommend reading this book! I love the fact that in this book there were so many facts about her. you may be like "Well yeah, of course there are facts. its a biography." But i just think its so interesting. It tells you her birthday, about her family, and her whole life after that leading to Harry potter and that process. i really love this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    RainbowWriter

    Truly inspiring! I started writing as a 10-years-old kid and I had never done it without J.K. Rowling's inspiration. A few years ago I even wrote fan mail to her and she replied to me personally which was brilliant. Another British role model who changed me as a person in a very early point of my life. This book is very fascinating, told in a lively way. Her whole life is like a fairytale itself... Her struggle from a poor single mother into an author millionaire keeps inspiring me when finally Truly inspiring! I started writing as a 10-years-old kid and I had never done it without J.K. Rowling's inspiration. A few years ago I even wrote fan mail to her and she replied to me personally which was brilliant. Another British role model who changed me as a person in a very early point of my life. This book is very fascinating, told in a lively way. Her whole life is like a fairytale itself... Her struggle from a poor single mother into an author millionaire keeps inspiring me when finally my own career as an author is about to start...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Eva Dillner

    I've always enjoyed biographies and autobiographies. This book is in parts dry, but it was fascinating to read about the person behind the wonderful Harry Potter books. I'm heartened by her perseverance, and found it amusing how many publishers turned her down. Goes to show they haven't a clue what will take off or not. For every would be author the message is believe in your dreams, and have the courage to do something with them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Terri Moore

    This is a popular biography and not a scholarly one. I enjoyed it because I am a writer who likes reading about the lives of other, successful writers. I would have appreciated more about the psychology and philosophy of Jo Rowling and more about her approach to writing. If you want a quick sketch of her life this is fine, but if you want more, try something else. If you know of a more scholarly work I would appreciate a recommendation.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    Since this has been written before all the Harry Potter books had come out, it mainly tells about Rowling's life before Harry Potter happened. I got new information but lot of it I already knew because I've read so much about Rowling already from another sources. One day someone will write a biography of Rowling's whole life, so I'm going to wait for that next. Hopefully she will write lots of other books before that too.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Subbu Chandrasekaran

    JK Rowling undoubtedly is an icon in her generation.. needless to say, one has to be get to know her life.. her humbling beginnings, her struggles.. how she pursued her passion.. and how she hit it all big.. and needless to say .. success really hasn't rattled her passion for writing or changed her as a person.. good read ... go for it

  25. 4 out of 5

    Bia

    Although I loved to get to know more about J.K, I felt like I was reading a newspaper article. I felt like some things that were mentioned didn't really matter, and the writing style of the author bored me. I give it a 3 because I was very interested in Jo's life.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Laura Crosse

    I read this a good few years back and it was a really interesting insight into JK's world before Harry Potter. She really is an amazing lady and after reading this you won't begrudge her one penny of her fortune.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tardisgirl

    This book is going back on my to-read list. I was trying to read the Dutch translation. But all those Dutch words for things like muggles and names like Dumbledore etc, irritates me so much, it's just impossible to keep reading. So I will wait till I find an English copy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    I read this ages ago thinking that it was an authorised biography. Turns out it isn't, and now I'm questioning how much of it is true.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Mia Michalek

    If you really want to get a intimate look at J.K. this is for sure the book to read! I loved it!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kari

    This book is by far the best biography on her that I have read. It is interesting enough to keep your attention.

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