Arcadia in the East

The month of March means the Essex Book Festival. Splendid choice of events across the county, mainly in libraries. I had a happy afternoon in a cosy corner of Epping Library last week talking about Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory. Such a good audience - I wanted to go on for ever!  Wrote my Authors Electric March blog after a trip to Jaywick where literary culture fights the good fight from a restored Martello Tower.


Ninety well-chosen words

in The Mail on Sunday Feb 24th 2013

"Herbert Allingham was one of Britain's most prolific and popular authors a century ago but you will never have heard of him. The reason is that he wrote stories anonymously for the weekly magazines so common in his day and none was ever reprinted in book form. He would have been forgotten had his daughters, one of whom was the author Margery Allingham, not preserved his work. Julia Jones has sifted through this archive and succeeded brilliantly in bringing to life both Allingham and the literary form in which he excelled."




Margery Allingham - after the Afterword


This month's blog for Authors Electric gave me the opportunity to think again (yet again) about the relationship between Margery's life and her fiction - specifically between The China Governess and the existence of Tom Carter

Read it here 


Success for the Salt-Stained Book

In January 2013 the Salt-Stained Book was entered in the international monthly book awards run by Acclaimed Books of Cornwall. More than 1200 votes were cast from 52 countries across 64 titles. The SSB was the overall winner as well as winner of the printed book section. It received 301 votes and glowing comments from readers.

Managing Director, Peter Lihou offered a personal message of congratulations to Julia. "Over the years, we've seen a great many popular titles gain the tangible applause of their fans by their votes and comments, but The Salt-Stained Book enjoys particularly warm support. It really is quite an accomplishment for an author to inspire their readers so much that they get online and vote in such numbers and leave extremely flattering comments. Julia is a very worthy winner!"


more reviews

Beginning to feel thoughly spoiled (not complaining, mind) Here's a really good review of FYFF from Robert Kirkpatrick for the Children's Books History Society and a Strong Winds Trilogy review by Dennis Hamley in the delightful Armadillo magazine. I was tremendously grateful to Jackie Wilkin for including the SWT in her Christmas Books round up in Life - the WI magazine.