Born in London, she grew up on the edge of Epping Forest. She originally read English at the University of Cambridge. She then joined the Foreign Office and worked in Poland. Her work as a diplomat took her many places including the Tatra Mountains and the bottom of a Silesian coal mine.
Upon leaving Poland, she turned her attention to academic studies and took a doctorate in English Romantic Period literature at Oxford University. She then worked for Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the United Nations and with governments to lessen the impact of conflict on civilians living in war zones.
Golding lives in Oxford and works as a freelance writer. She is married with three children. The Diamond of Drury Lane is her first novel, the first of the Cat Royal series. Also Julia Golding has written a series of four novels called The Companions Quartet.
Others by Julia Golding
As Joss Stirling
As Eve Edwards
Julia Golding is contributing to Mystery & Mayhem by Egmont Books, publishing in May 2016 along with 11 other authors including Katherine Woodfine, Clementine Beauvais, Elen Caldecott, Susie Day, Frances Hardinge, Caroline Lawrence, Helen Moss, Sally Nicholls, Kate Pankhurst, Robin Stevens and Harriet Whitehorn.
Awards and Nominations
- 2006 - The Diamond of Drury Lane won the Waterstones Children's Book Prize
- 2006 - The Diamond of Drury Lane won the Nestlé Smarties Book Prize in the 9-11 years old category
- 2006 - The Diamond of Drury Lane was shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards
- 2008 - Secrets of the Sirens won the Green Earth Book Award (Honour book)
- "Welcome". Joss Stirling (jossstirling.co.uk). Retrieved 14 October 2014.
- "Julia Golding - Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved 14 October 2014. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents.
- "Welcome". Eve Edwards (eve-edwards.co.uk). Retrieved 14 October 2014.
- Julia Golding (31 October 2011). "Ask". juliagolding.co.uk. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010. Retrieved 4 November 2011.
…you say you have two pen names, Joss Stirling and Eve Edwards… They are all me. I link Eve and Joss as it is the same age group - teen.
- Julia Golding – Info
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- Byrne, Ciar (27 January 2006). "Book prize for orphan's tale of Georgian city wins prize". The Independent. UK. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
- "Author wins top prize at awards". BBC News. 27 January 2006. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
- "UK authors of the future unveiled". BBC News. 17 May 2007. Retrieved 21 August 2009.
- "Water Thief". juliagolding.co.uk. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- "Mel Foster and the Demon Butler". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
- "Shaken by Joss Stirling". waterstones.com. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
- "» EGMONT TO PUBLISH MIDDLE GRADE MYSTERY ANTHOLOGY". www.egmont.co.uk. Retrieved 2015-12-16.
- "Waterstone's Children's Book Prize". www.librarything.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- "Nestlé Children's Book Prize 2006". Book Trust. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- "Costa 2006". www.theguardian.com. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
- "Green Earth Book Award, 2005-2016". www.teachingbooks.net. Retrieved 13 October 2016.