Joanna Briscoe

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Joanna Briscoe
Joanna Briscoe (born 1963) is a novelist.

She was born in London and brought up in rural areas of the South West. She wrote several novels as a child, and was convinced she would be a novelist.[1]

She attended University College London and worked for several years as a freelance journalist. She has published four novels:

  • Mothers and Other Lovers (1994)
  • Skin (1997)
  • Sleep With Me (2005)
  • You (2011)

She writes a guest column, "At The Sharp End", for the Independent, and is on contract with the Guardian as a literary critic for the Review section. She also broadcasts on Radio 4, most frequently on Woman’s Hour.[2]

She lives in North London with her partner Charlotte Mendelson and their two children.[3] They were listed under "glamour couples" in the Pink List 2008.


  1. "The House I Grew up In featuring Joanna Briscoe" The House I Grew Up In series, BBC Radio 4, 27 August 2008
  3.,,2074414,00.html Guardian interview with Charlotte Mendelson The Guardian 8 May 2007