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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 and served in Poland. Her work took her from the high point of town twinning in the Tatra Mountains to the low of inspecting the bottom of a Silesian coal mine.

On leaving Poland, she exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. She then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning to lessen the impact on civilians living in war zones.

Julia now works freelance and writes. Her fabulous Georgian adventure, The Diamond of Drury Lane, was published by Roaring Brook Press in the US and in the UK won the Ottakars Children's Book Prize and the 2006 Smarties Award as well as being nominated for the Costa (formerly the Whitbread) Award.

Married with three children, Julia lives in Oxford.

Adams Literary represents Julia for US rights through our affiliation with David Higham Associates, London.

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