Biography for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Random House, Inc.
J.K. Rowling was a struggling single mother when she wtrore the beginnings of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on scraps of paper at a local cafe.  But her efforts were soon rewarded with an award from the Scottish Arts Council enabling her to finish the novel.  She has since won numerous awards including the ABBY Award 9American Booksellers Book Award) 1999.
The New York Times hailed Jim Dale as "The Toast of Broadway" in his title role in the musical Barnum.  He has a long list of credits on the stage and in film, and was nominated for an Oscar for writing the lyrics for Georgy Girl.