Julia Golding is a multi-award winning writer for adults, young adults and children. She also writes under the pen names of Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards. Over a million and a half of her books have been sold around the world with best selling titles in a wide range of age categories, such as The Diamond of Drury Lane (children), Finding Sky (YA) and Don’t Trust Me (adult). She is also Director of the Oxford Centre for Fantasy which uses the inspiration of Oxford Fantasy writers such as Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and Lewis Carroll to inspire new creativity. For more information go here.
In 2019 she was writer-in-residence at the Royal Institution, the home of science. She can be found taking an early nineteenth century perspective on modern life in her Jane Austen podcast ‘What Would Jane Do?’.
She is also a screenwriter, working on a number of feature and TV series concepts, featuring strong female leads.
Former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, she has now published over sixty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy. Read carefully and you’ll spot all sorts of material from her diplomatic and Oxfam careers popping up in unexpected places. She has a doctorate in English literature from Oxford.
Studying for this prompted her to write her first novel, The Diamond of Drury Lane, set in 1790 and told by her intrepid heroine, Cat Royal. It went on to win the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children’s Book Prize 2006 (formerly known as the Smarties Prize). In the US, Secret of the Sirens won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award. Dragonfly won the 2012 Beehive Book Award, Young Adult Division, given by the Children’s Literature Association of Utah and voted on by readers in schools and public libraries.
Writing as Stirling, Finding Sky was shortlisted for the German Children’s Literature Award 2013. Struck won both the YA Romantic Novel and overall prize of the Romantic Novel of the Year 2015 – the first YA book to win the top prize in the long history of this prestigious award. This inspired her to write her first adult novel, Don’t Trust Me.
Her books have been sold worldwide in many languages, so Bienvenido, Willkommen, Witaj, dobro pozhalovat, Yōkoso, Huānyíng and many more!
She is represented by Caroline Walsh, Literary, Film & TV Agents, 6th Floor, Waverley House, 7-12 Noel St, London W1F 8GQ. www.davidhigham.co.uk