Rachel Joyce is a judge for the 2023 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Rachel Joyce is an award-winning novelist and playwright. Following a 20-year career creating radio drama, she wrote the Sunday Times and international best sellers The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy. Her latest novel, Maureen Fry and the Angel of the North, completes the trilogy. Rachel is also the author of Perfect, The Music Shop, Miss Benson’s Beetle and a collection of interlinked short stories, A Snow Garden & Other Stories. Her books have sold over 5 million copies worldwide and been translated into thirty-six languages. The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Prize and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. It is now a major film, starring Jim Broadbent and due for screening in 2023, for which Rachel wrote the screenplay. She was also awarded the Specsavers National Book Awards New Writer of the Year in 2012 and shortlisted for UK Author of the Year 2014.