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I’m Julia. I write books and music – at the moment, mostly books, though there will be more music on the way soon.

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.

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Recent things

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 »

The Otherlife has been nominated for the Carnegie Medal

Thank you very much to CILIP for the nomination – it means a great deal, and I am delighted to be among so many wonderful books and authors. The full list of nominations can be found here. The longlist will be published in February 2017.

The Otherlife Blog Tour

Here’s something totally thrilling: a blog tour! Once upon a time I did not know what a blog tour was; now I get to have one of my very own… seven lovely bloggers are hosting seven posts (by me) over seven days, covering all sorts of things from literary tutors to things I learned when… Read more »