She attended University College London and worked for several years as a freelance journalist. She has published four novels:
- Mothers and Other Lovers (1994)
- Skin (1997)
- Sleep With Me (2005)
- You (2011)
She writes a guest column, "At The Sharp End", for the Independent, and is on contract with the Guardian as a literary critic for the Review section. She also broadcasts on Radio 4, most frequently on Woman’s Hour.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/thehouseigrewupin/pip/cbuab/ "The House I Grew up In featuring Joanna Briscoe" The House I Grew Up In series, BBC Radio 4, 27 August 2008
- http://books.guardian.co.uk/departments/generalfiction/story/0,,2074414,00.html Guardian interview with Charlotte Mendelson The Guardian 8 May 2007