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J. K. Rowling

Joanne Rowling admits to having been a bit of a daydreamer as a child and began writing stories at the age of six. After leaving Exeter University, where she read French and Classics, she started work as a teacher but daydreamed about becoming a writer.

One day, stuck on a delayed train for four hours between Manchester and London, she dreamt up a boy called Harry Potter. That was in 1990. It took her six years to write the book. In the meantime she went to teach in Portugal, married a Portuguese TV journalist, had her daughter, Jessica, divorced her husband and returned to Britain when Jessica was just three months old.

She went to live in Edinburgh to be near her sister, Di. Her sudden penury made her realise that it was 'back-against-the-wall time' and she decided to finish her Harry Potter book. She sent the manuscript to two agents and one publisher, looking up likely prospects in the library. One of these agents that she picked at random based on the fact that she liked his name, Christopher Little, was immediately captivated by the manuscript and signed her on as his client within three days.

During the 1995-1996 timeframe, while hoping to get the manuscript for Philosopher's Stone published, Rowling worked as a French teacher in Edinburgh. Several publishers turned down the manuscript before Bloomsbury agreed to purchase it in 1996.


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  1. Rowling, J. K..  HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS  -  Bloomsbury 1998

    Rowling, J. K.. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS - Bloomsbury 1998

    $37.67

    For sale is a fine used hardback book in a very good dust jacket. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J. K. Rowling a novel published in 1998 by Bloomsbury. The book is a first edition, later printing. Learn More
  2. Rowling, J. K..  HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE  -  Bloomsbury 2000

    Rowling, J. K.. HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE - Bloomsbury 2000

    $60.29

    For sale is a fine used hardback book in a very good dust jacket. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J. K. Rowling a novel published in 2000 by Bloomsbury. The book is a first edition, first printing. Learn More
  3. Rowling, J. K..  HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE  -  Bloomsbury 2005

    Rowling, J. K.. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE - Bloomsbury 2005

    $22.60

    For sale is a fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J. K. Rowling a novel published in 2005 by Bloomsbury. The book is a first edition, first printing. Learn More
  4. Rowling, J. K..  HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX  -  Bloomsbury 2003

    Rowling, J. K.. HARRY POTTER AND THE ORDER OF THE PHOENIX - Bloomsbury 2003

    $28.63

    For sale is a very good used hardback book in a very good dust jacket. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling a novel published in 2003 by Bloomsbury. The book is a first edition, first printing. Learn More
  5. Rowling, J. K..  HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE  -  Bloomsbury 1997

    Rowling, J. K.. HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE - Bloomsbury 1997

    $60.29

    For sale is a fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J. K. Rowling a novel published in 1997 by Bloomsbury. The book is a first edition, later printing. Learn More
  6. Rowling, J. K..  HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN  -  Bloomsbury 1999

    Rowling, J. K.. HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN - Bloomsbury 1999

    $30.14

    For sale is a fine used hardback book in a very good dust jacket. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J. K. Rowling a novel published in 1999 by Bloomsbury. The book is a first edition, later printing. Learn More

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