Julia Golding

Born in 1969, Julia Golding grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. She spent her childhood inventing stories about the mysterious trees she could see from her bedroom window. After reading English at Cambridge, she joined the Foreign Office.

Then she exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. She also joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues.

Julia’s fabulous Georgian adventure, The Diamond Of Drury Lane, was published by Egmont and won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the 7-9 category of the Nestle Children’s Book Award, as well as being nominated for the Costa Award. Five further titles in the series followed. Mel Foster and the Demon Butler is Julia’s most recent novel for Egmont and a sequel is in the works.

The Companions Quartet, a fantasy adventure series, was Julia’s debut with OUP, who have most recently published her Young Knights series.

Julia also publishes under the pseudonyms Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards.

Married with three children, Julia lives in Oxford.