Jo-Anne Richards

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Jo-Anne Richards
Born Port Elizabeth
Occupation Author, journalist
Nationality South African
Alma mater Rhodes University
Notable works The Innocence of Roast Chicken, Touching The Lighthouse, Sad At The Edges, My Brother's Book, The Imagined Child
Years active 1996-

Jo-Anne Richards is a South African journalist and author.

She grew up in Port Elizabeth, and was educated at Collegiate Girls' high school. She graduated from Rhodes University in Grahamstown in 1979 followed by an Honours in Journalism and Linguistics. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of the Witwatersrand, where she was a lecturer in journalism for fifteen years.

Richards worked full-time for four South African newspapers, The Star, the Sunday Express, the Cape Times and Evening Post, reporting, sub-editing and news-editing. She has written features and supplements for numerous South African magazines and newspapers including Fair Lady, Elle, Diversions, True Love, and the Sunday Times Magazine, The Star and the Mail & Guardian.

Richards rose to prominence with her first novel, The Innocence of Roast Chicken (1996) which became a bestseller in her native country and short-listed for the M-Net Book Prize and nominated for the Impac International Dublin Literary Award.

She lives in Cape Town where she teaches creative writing.

She is National Chair of the South Africa Turner's Syndrome Support Group.


  • The Innocence of Roast Chicken (1996)
  • Touching the Lighthouse (1997)
  • Sad at the Edges (2003)
  • My Brother's Book (2008)
  • The Imagined Child (2013)