Joanne Harris

If there was a huge asteroid hurtling toward Earth threatening to destroy life as we know it and you could see one more show before you die, what would it be? It can be anything you want - a show you’ve seen before, one that you wish you’d seen, or something you’ve made up entirely. What would be YOUR Last Show on Earth? This is the podcast in which we ask a special guest the big, BIG question that nobody ever needed or bothered to ask. 

Our guest this episode is Joanne Harris

Joanne Harris OBE FRSL is an award winning bestselling English-French author, who is probably best known for her novel Chocolat which was made into an Oscar-nominated movie starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche. She became an author after teaching for 15 years and has written over 20 novels (which are published in more than 50 countries and almost all of which made the Sunday Times Bestsellers list) as well as numerous novellas, video game scripts, short stories, opera libretti, screenplays, and a stage musical with composer Howard Goodall.

As well as championing trans rights, she is a passionate advocate for authors’ rights (she is currently the Chair of the Society of Authors and member of the Board of the Authors’ Licensing and Collecting Society) and is a patron of charities Médecins Sans Frontières and Plan UK. She lives in Almondbury, Yorkshire with her husband Kevin, where she writes all her works in a shed in her garden. Somehow she also finds time to both sing and play flute in the same band she joined when she was 16 years old.

She loves musicals and goes to theatre as often as possible with her son Fred.


Official Website:

Joanne on Desert Island Discs:

Clip of Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton in Sweeney Todd:

Castellana Caves info:

Bonus link: JOJ and Gina Beck in Phantom:

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