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Julia Jones was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk. Her parents both loved sailing and when Julia three years old they brought Peter Duck, a yacht that had been built for Arthur Ransome, author of the much-loved Swallows and Amazons adventure series. Julia slept in the place that had been designed for Ransome to store his typewriter and it wasn’t long before she was reading her way through his stories. Boats and books have been part of her life ever since.
As an adult she founded and ran a village bookshop and developed a local publishing list for older readers. She became close friends with Joyce Allingham, sister of Essex detective novelist Margery Allingham, and has written and edited three biographical works connected with the Allingham family. The fourth in this series, Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory, is scheduled for publication in 2012.
The Salt-Stained Book and A Ravelled Flag are her first novels for younger readers – ‘a Swallows and Amazons for the 21st century’ as one reviewer described them. It’s been thrilling to discover that adults have also enjoyed them.
Julia has five children and (currently!) five grandchildren. She lives with her partner, the writer Francis Wheen.