•   About   •

Julia Stuart's a bestselling novelist and copywriter. She grew up in the West Midlands, England, and studied French and Spanish. She lived for a period in France and Spain teaching English.

After studying journalism, she worked on regional newspapers for six years. In 1999, she won the periodicals category of the Amnesty International UK Media Awards. In the same year she became a feature writer for the Independent, where she worked for eight years, including for a period on the Independent on Sunday. In 2007, she relocated to Bahrain and Egypt for three years.

Her first novel, The Matchmaker of Périgord, was published in 2007. It's the story of a French barber whose business fails on account of his increasingly bald clients. In an attempt to make ends meet, he opens a matchmaking agency in his home village of Amour-Sur-Belle, whose feuding inhabitants subsequently find themselves on blind dates with each other. It was longlisted for Spread the Word: Books to Talk About 2008, a World Book Day award. Rat Pack Filmproduktion, which produced The Wave, have acquired the film rights. It's been adapted for screen by Andrew Birkin who wrote and directed The Cement Garden, based on the novel by Ian McEwan, for 
which he won the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin 
Film Festival.

In 2010, Julia published her second novel, Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo. It tells of a Beefeater whose marriage 
is in tatters following the loss of his son. Owner of the oldest 
tortoise in the world, Balthazar learns to love again by caring for 
the inhabitants of the Tower’s newly installed menagerie. It was
 published as The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise in America,
 where it became a New York Times bestseller, a national 
bestseller and an NPR Best Book of the Year.

Her next novel, The Pigeon Pie Mystery, was published in 
August 2012. The quirky Victorian mystery set in Hampton 
Court Palace tells of Mink, a headstrong Anglo-Indian princess, who sets out to save her maid from the hangman’s rope when
 the servant is suspected of poisoning the reviled Major-General
 Bagshot. It was selected as an Book of the Week, as well as one of its "Unputdownable Mysteries".

The Last Pearl Fisher of Scotland, Julia's latest novel, was published in August 2016.