Julia Jones (writer)
Julia Jones in 2009
Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
|Occupation||editor, publisher, writer, classic yacht owner|
Julia Jones was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1954. When she was 3 years old, her father George Jones bought the wooden sailing ketch Peter Duck, a yacht originally commissioned and owned by children's novelist Arthur Ransome and named for a character in one of his novels. This nautical connection with Ransome, along with numerous pony books, helped to shape a lifelong enthusiasm for books.
Writer and publisher
Jones opened a bookshop in Ingatestone, Essex, which she then developed into a small-scale local publishing business, reissuing a Second World War autobiography by crime writer Margery Allingham. Jones's interest in the Allingham family grew; she researched Margery Allingham's life and wrote a biography published in 1991. Jones has also studied the fiction writing of Margery Allingham's father, Herbert Allingham.
In 2006, while working on a PhD on Herbert Allingham, Jones decided to become a writer of adventure stories like the Swallows and Amazons series of Arthur Ransome she had read as a child. The Salt-Stained Book, the first part of a planned sailing adventure trilogy, was released in June 2011. Jones hoped the trilogy would inspire a new generation of children to mess about in boats.
Books by Julia Jones
- Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory: The working life of Herbert Allingham ISBN 978-1899262076 September 19, 2012
- Strong Winds trilogy:
- (edited/published) Cheapjack. Being the True History of a Young Man's Adventures as a Fortune Teller, Grafter, Knocker-Worker, and Mounted Pitcher on the Market-Places and Fair-grounds of a Modern But Still Romantic England by Philip Allingham, ISBN 978-1899262021 republished July 1, 2010
- The Adventures of Margery Allingham ISBN 978-1899262014 March 2, 2009
- (writing as Julia Thorogood) Margery Allingham: A Biography, ISBN 978-0434779062 October 14, 1991
- (published) The Oaken Heart: The Story of an English Village at War, by Margery Allingham, ISBN 978-1899262038 re-issued 1988
- (edited/published, as Julia Thorogood)Yesterday's Heroes, by June Jones, January 1, 1986
- Julia Jones page on debbiesidea.com website, viewed 2011-07-08
- biography page on Julia Jones' personal website, golden-duck.co.uk, viewed 2011-07-08
- Setting sail on Arthur Ransome's boat on The Daily Telegraph website, viewed 2012-10-13
- The Salt-stained Book page on publisher's website, viewed 2011-07-08
- Setting sail on Arthur Ransome's boat
- Nicholas Wroe "A life in writing", The Guardian, 29 August 2009
- Julia Jones page on Amazon.com, viewed 2011-07-08