Ten top teachers turned authors

Joseph Delaney
Joseph Delaney

This week we look at ten authors who used to teach.

Joseph Delaney

Author of the Spooks series, Starblade Chronicles, The Ghost Prison and the forthcoming Arena 13.

Michael Morpurgo

Former Children’s Laureate and primary school teacher has written 100-plus books including War Horse.

Philip Pullman

Best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy.

Joanne Harris

Former language teacher, Joanne Harris, has gone on to win several awards for her books.

Dan Brown

Best known for The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown used to be an English teacher before becoming a best-selling author.

Eoin Colfer

Eoin Colfer gave up teaching as the first Artemis Fowl book was published.

Roddy Doyle

The Irish novelist and screenwriter used to teach English and geography. Work includes The Commitments.

Elizabeth George

The author of the Inspector Lynley series, whose next book is due out in May, used to be an English teacher.

William Golding

Best remembered for Lord Of The Flies, this former teacher won several awards including the Booker Prize in 1980 and the Nobel Prize in Literature.

JK Rowling

JK Rowling has come a long way since her days teaching English as a foreign language 
in Portugal. Now she is best known for creating the best-selling book series in history, Harry Potter.

*All books available at your local Lancashire library, or visit http://bit.ly/allourbooks or http://capitadiscovery.co.uk/lancashire/