I’m Julia. I write books and music.

My new YA novel LITTLE LIAR arrives on the 7th June 2018, published by Andersen Press. I can’t wait to introduce you to Nora Tobias. I’ve also written an EP called SONGS FOR NORA TOBIAS to go with the book, retelling some of the key events and exploring the themes and relationships in the book in a different way.

The Otherlife is a novel for 12+ (grownups, of course, are very welcome to read it also) about friendship and Norse gods and academic pressure and heavy metal, narrated by two boys called Ben and Hobie. It was published by Andersen Press in July 2016.

Head to my music page to read more about my music and my solo albums Robber Bride and I Am Not The Night. You can also read all my lyrics.

Things I love, apart from reading and writing: old recipe books, old languages, old friends, swimming, remote country cottages, and cheese. My favourite authors are Patricia Highsmith, Agatha Christie, Donna Tartt, Paul Auster, Angela Carter, Tim Winton and Stephen King. I would like very much to host a dinner party for all these people.

For school visits, events or press enquiries, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Thank you for visiting!

Recent things

New EP: Songs for Nora Tobias

Something I’ve wanted to do for a very long time is to record music to go with a book of mine, and I am very happy to say that LITTLE LIAR will have an EP to go with it called SONGS FOR NORA TOBIAS.* I wrote the music over the last six months, once the… Read more »

New Novel and Cover Reveal….

Hurray! I’ve written a new book called Little Liar. It’s coming out in June 2018 and will be published by Andersen Press, for ages 14 and up. Little Liar is all about acting, lying, memory, love and friendship. It has a narrator as morally complex as Hobie Duvalle, from The Otherlife. Her name is Nora,… Read more »

Branford Boase

I’m very happy to say that The Otherlife has been longlisted for the Branford Boase award, a prize for first-time children’s novelists and their editors. The lovely and brilliant Chloe Sackur edited The Otherlife – under her guidance I found the process of rewriting and editing a transformative and very valuable experience. The shortlist will… Read more »

Upcoming events

HYPE at Hospital Club, 7th June 2018 *LITTLE LIAR LAUNCH*

BOOKING LINK  HYPE returns this month with a very special musical and literary treat. All artists will be performing songs with a focus on ‘story’. Our main featured artist, JULIA GRAY is an author and we will be celebrating the launch of her brand new young adult novel, “Little Liar”, a gripping tale of seduction, envy and… Read more »