Former British diplomat and Oxfam policy adviser, she has now published over thirty books in genres ranging from historical adventure to fantasy. Read carefully and you’ll spot all sorts of material from her diplomatic and Oxfam careers popping up in unexpected places. She also has a doctorate in English literature from Oxford University.
Golding lives in Oxford and is married with three children.
Her first novel, The Diamond of Drury Lane, is set in 1790 and told by her intrepid heroine, Cat Royal. It went on to win the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2006 and the Nestle Children's Book Prize 2006 (formerly known as the Smarties Prize). In the US, Secret of the Sirens won the honor book medal of the Green Earth Book Award. Dragonfly won the 2012 Beehive Book Award, Young Adult Division, given by the Children's Literature Association of Utah and voted on by readers in schools and public libraries. Her new fantasy historical adventure Mel Foster and the Demon Butler has just won the Bronze in UK Primary Teacher Award.
Writing as Stirling, her YA novel, Finding Sky was shortlisted for the German Children's Literature Award 2013. Struck won the Romantic Novel of the Year Award 2015, the first YA book to do so.
Over half a million of her books have been sold worldwide in many languages.
One of Julia’s favourite parts of being an author is getting to meet her readers. She enjoys going in to schools to run book sessions or workshops all based around game playing or coming down the front to put on costumes or take part in quizzes. During her visits the children can write a joint story together on her special story board, find out about the 'monstrous' Victorians with Mel Foster, join King Arthur's Round Table, find out about life two hundred years ago, become a pirate and much more ……..