Yorkshire author Joanne Harris confirms she has been diagnosed with cancer

Yorkshire author Joanne Harris has revealed that she has breast cancer.

Joanne Harris at home in Almondbury

The 56-year-old, who is most famous for her 1999 novel Chocolat, confirmed on her official Twitter account today that she has been diagnosed with the disease.

Harris said: "Today in #ThisWritingLife: In which Joanne learns she has breast cancer. Oh, 2020. You are really spoiling us.

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"It is a primary cancer (which makes it sound like a cute toddler), so should respond to surgery and radiotherapy. But, yeah. It's still scary, and it sucks. So send me your pictures of otters, cats and recommendations for box sets.

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"Thank you so much, all of you, for all your pics and good wishes. I can't possibly answer so many, but know that I see and appreciate you all very much. Now, tea, and maybe a rewatch of something fun on Netflix."

The writer was born in Barnsley and attended Wakefield Girls' High School before winning a place at Cambridge. She returned to Yorkshire to train as a teacher at the University of Sheffield, before spending 15 years teaching modern languages at Leeds Grammar School - Harris's mother is French and she is a fluent speaker.

Her bestselling novel Chocolat was published while she was still teaching, and her later works include Gentlemen and Players, which is set in a fictional boys' school that was based on her experiences at Leeds Grammar.

She is married to Kevin Harris, with whom she has a daughter, Anoushka, who works in publishing. She lives in Almondbury, near Huddersfield, where she writes from her garden shed.