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Julia Jones - Author

The author on Peter Duck, the boat bought from Arthur Ransome

Julia Jones as a child, steering Peter Duck, the boat bought from Arthur Ramsome that inspired his classic Swallows and Amazons.

When Julia Jones was three years old her parents bought Peter Duck, Arthur Ransome’s former yacht. 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 the Swallows and Amazons series. Boats and books have been part of her life ever since. Julia Jones on the bridge of the OrwellAs 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 with the fourth, Fifty Years in the Fiction Factory, scheduled for publication in 2012. The Salt-Stained Book was her first novel for younger readers and is also enjoyed by adults. Followed up by A Ravelled Flag, the Strong Winds trilogy is concluded with Ghosting Home, out in July 2012. Julia has five children and lives in Essex and Suffolk with her partner, Francis Wheen. In 1999 they re-purchased Peter Duck.

CLICK HERE to read an article by Julia Jones, which was inspired in part by Arthur Ransome’s sailing adventures and in particular by Peter Duck, the boat which she was brought up on and which had previously been owned by Arthur Ransome.

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The Lion of Sole Bay
Julia Jones - illustrated by Claudia Myatt
One of our Books of the Year 2013. December 2013 Book of the Month Inspired by the historical events of the Battle of Sole Bay which took place off the coast of Suffolk in 1672, author Julia Jones weaves a...
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Format: Paperback | Released 07/10/2013
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Ghosting Home
Julia Jones - illustrated by Claudia Myatt
July 2012 Book of the Month. This thrilling conclusion to the Strong Winds trilogy is an action-packed adventure set in and around the east coast of England and the North Sea in which 14 year old Donny, the protagonist...
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Format: Paperback | Released 02/07/2012
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A Ravelled Flag
Julia Jones - illustrated by Claudia Myatt
The story of 14 year old Donny and his new found friends that began in The Salt-Stained Book continues in this gripping sequel. Donny's long lost great Aunt has arrived from China on a boat and rescued him and his...
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Format: Paperback | Released 24/11/2011
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The Salt-stained Book
Julia Jones - illustrated by Claudia Myatt
In a nutshell this is Swallows and Amazons for the 21st century but with a modern twist. It really is a very special book that will be enjoyed by the whole family, particularly all those who have any experience of...
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Format: Paperback | Released 16/06/2011
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