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

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.

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 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 »

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.

Upcoming events

Friday April 6

HYPE AT THE HOSPITAL CLUB I am looking forward so much to returning to HYPE at the Hospital Club to play some very new music for wondrous host Vin Goodwin and his charming guests. Strictly guestlist only (entry is free) – so book HERE in order to be added to the list. PLACE AND TIME… Read more »