jo-anne-richardsJo-Anne Richards is a South African novelist and journalist, whose work has been published internationally. She lectures at the University of Witwatersrand, where she also serves as academic co-ordinator in Journalism and Media Studies, and Creative Writing, in honours and Master's programmes.


When Richards’ debut novel The Innocence of Roast Chicken first appeared, it topped the South African best seller list in its first week and remained there for 15 weeks. The book was also chosen as a Dillon’s Debut in London, to be showcased as an “outstanding first novel”. Her other books include the titles include Touching the Lighthouse, which is also translated into German, and Sad at the Edges.


Richards has published short stories in six collections, including Cosmopolitan UKLaugh the Beloved CountryFrom Joburg to JoziSomething to Write Home AboutTwist and Home Away. She has also contributed to international titles, including the Guardian in London, Vanity Fair and Talk in New York.


Richards has worked full-time for four South African newspapers – The Star, the Sunday Express, the Cape Times and Evening Post. She has written features and supplements for South African magazines and newspapers. These include Fair LadyLivingElle, and the Mail&Guardian.


Richards is co-editor of a book titled The Clinical Genetic Education Manual. This is a comprehensive work on human genetics, intended for all health professionals. Written in plain language, this book will eventually be used by health professionals all over Africa, many of whom don’t speak English as a first language.


Together with award-winning screenplay writer Richard Beynon, Richards runs a ten module Creative Writing Course and several other writing courses, both on contact basis and online.


Selected Bibliography

The Imagined Child, Picador Africa, 2013

My Brother’s Book, Picador Africa, 2008