About me

Julia Golding is a multi-award winning writer for adults and young adults. She also writes under the pen names of Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards. 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 fifty 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 (originally published as Storm and Stone) 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

17 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hello Mrs Golding,

    my sister and I fell in love with your writing reading the Savant Series. I like the writing style, the stunning stories, which all are special and different, and I specially like the amazing characters.
    Now I discovered you are a former Britisch diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, which impresses me as I want to become a diplomat. However, that’s not the point right now, what I wanted to say:
    Thany you for your books and the wonderful hours they bestowed on me!
    All the best!

  2. Hi,
    I really love so many of your series, but my favourites will always be the Cat Royal books, and I was just wondering if there were any plans to release any more?

    1. Hi

      The long awaited musical is looking like it might come out in the next year or so and I hope that will give me a chance to rekindle interest in Cat and do the next book. Best wishes

  3. Hola
    Amo tus libros y me cautivaron muchísimo la saga Finding love y me preguntaba si ¿harías algún otros libro sobre esta saga? ya que me quede esperando la historia de Víctor
    sigue así, eres una de mis escritoras favoritas

    1. Hi Diana

      Yes, I have lots of other books. Take a look around this site. You’ll find out more about Victor in Summer Shadows.

  4. Jatziri Gómez

    En serio que sus libros son hermosos, son de esos libros que no puedes dejar de leer, pero a la vez no los quieres terminar. A mi me encantan la saga de Finding Love, quisiera saber si los títulos como Zed o los demás estarán publicados en físico.

    1. Hi
      The best place to go for you is the V&R website that has my books in Spanish – lots of them, including another series called Peril.

  5. Will we be seeing any new books to the savant series? I’ve re read them so many times would love a new addition!


  6. Wendy Whitefoord


    I messaged you via Twitter and you very kindly invited me to message you here, to see if you could help us find the original style cover books of your Cat Royal series. Thank you so much for taking an interest.

    Our daughter Betty has books 1 and 2 already and has devoured them! She is now on a mission to find the rest of the series, but crucially the ones with the Cat Royal character photo on the front. So far, it’s not been an easy task!

    Betty loves reading but struggles with certain themes, which as she gets older is a little tricky. She wants to read thrilling and exciting stories without being scared out of her wits! She has found these books utterly compelling and has been buried in them every spare moment she’s had! Thank you!

    Any help you might be able to offer to find these books for Betty, would be gratefully received.

    Many thanks indeed.

    Kindest regards,

  7. Wendy Whitefoord

    Hi, I messaged you here but it’s disappeared! You kindly invited me to message you here after contacting you on Twitter to ask about your Cat Royal series with the photo style covers for our daughter. Thank you. We would be very grateful if you are able to help us to get these for Betty who loved the first two and has her heart set on reading the set (but has to be with this cover style!). Thank you again. Wendy

  8. Hi,
    I’ve seen so many comments about the savant series and I apologise since this is another ???????? is there any of your books that are in the same universe or is similar? I have your peril books too and they are an amazing read!! Thank you

  9. Hey, I just read Sky, and I really want to know if there’s a published book on Zed’s point of view of the story.

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