Kate-lynn Moran or Cat-lynn Moran, JK Rowling or JK Rolling? Here’s a definitive guide to the pronunciation of some other commonly mispronounced authors.
Author, journalist and gutsy feminist
She was born Catherine but rechristened herself Caitlin at the age of 13 after falling for the name in a Jilly Cooper novel. She pronounces it Cat-lynn not Kate-lynn.
Author of barnstorming bestseller, Gone Girl
The g in her name is a hard g, as in Ghill-ian.
Harry Potter creator and the woman who got millions of boys interested in reading
JK (that’s Joanna Kathleen) Rowling’s surname rhymes with rolling.
Queen of the blockbuster
Just like an Italian mama would say it: Vin-shun-zee. big hand gestures, optional…
Mega-selling author of thought-provoking fiction
Like a game you might play with your toddler, it’s Pee-ko.
Irish writer, best known as the author of Brooklyn
No, it’s not toy-bin, it’s Toe-bean. He’s even provided a video clip on his website saying it aloud, to avoid confusion. And his first name is said Col-lum, not coal-m.
South African literary superstar
There’s fierce debate about how to pronounce the ee at the end but many South Africans, whether Afrikaans speakers or not, pronounce this as ee-uh. So that’s Kuut-See.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Author of Half Of A Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus
Chim-a-manda en-goh-zee ah-deech-ee-ay.
Much-loved poet, writer and all round inspiring woman who sadly died in May this year
It’s not May-a but My-uh An-juh-loh.
Mysterious American author of Brokeback Mountain and The Shipping News
Nice and easy this one – it’s just Proo!
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