Joanne Owen was born in Pembrokeshire and read Social and Political Sciences with Archaeology and Anthropology at St John’s College, Cambridge. Her first novel, Puppet Master (Orion Children’s Books), was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal and Branford Boase Award. Critically acclaimed (‘Owen is a terrific storyteller’, The Telegraph; ‘It feels timeless, like fairytales and fever dreams… the genuine article’ The Guardian), Puppet Master has been translated into several languages. Her second novel, The Alchemist and the Angel, is also published by Orion Children’s Books, while Factfinder Guides published Wales Unlocked, a children’s travel guide to Wales, in 2012.
Hot Key Books have bought world rights to Circus of the Unseen, a novel for older readers, to be published in 2014. Joanne is also writing a young fiction series.