Julia Jones (writer)

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Julia Jones
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Julia Jones in 2009
Born 1954
Woodbridge, Suffolk, England
Occupation editor, publisher, writer, classic yacht owner
Years active 1986–present
Website golden-duck.co.uk/julia-jones/

Julia Jones, formerly also known as Julia Thorogood,[1] is an English writer, editor, book publisher and classic yacht owner.

Early life[edit]

Julia Jones was born in Woodbridge, Suffolk in 1954.[2] 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.[3] This nautical connection with Ransome, along with numerous pony books, helped to shape a lifelong enthusiasm for books.

Writer and publisher[edit]

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.[2] 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.[2]

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.[2][3] The Salt-Stained Book, the first part of a planned sailing adventure trilogy, was released in June 2011.[4] Jones hoped the trilogy would inspire a new generation of children to mess about in boats.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Jones has five children;[5] she lives with her two younger children and Francis Wheen, a writer, journalist and broadcaster who is deputy editor of Private Eye.[6]


Books by Julia Jones[7]

  • 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


  1. ^ Julia Jones page on debbiesidea.com website, viewed 2011-07-08
  2. ^ a b c d biography page on Julia Jones' personal website, golden-duck.co.uk, viewed 2011-07-08
  3. ^ a b c Setting sail on Arthur Ransome's boat on The Daily Telegraph website, viewed 2012-10-13
  4. ^ The Salt-stained Book page on publisher's website, viewed 2011-07-08
  5. ^ Setting sail on Arthur Ransome's boat
  6. ^ Nicholas Wroe "A life in writing", The Guardian, 29 August 2009
  7. ^ Julia Jones page on Amazon.com, viewed 2011-07-08

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