Joanne Rowling was born in Yate, Gloucestershire in 1965. She went to Exeter University before becoming a researcher for Amnesty International based in London. Around this time she began working on the Harry Potter series.
After a move to Portugal and a failed marriage, Rowling returned to the UK and lived in Edinburgh. It was then that her first book, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in 1997. Six more followed in the next ten years making Rowling the most successful children’s author of our time, with approximately 400 million copies of her work sold. In 2012 her first book for adults was published, The Casual Vacancy, and in subsequent years more have followed under the pen name Robert Galbraith.
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