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Julia Golding was born in 1969 and grew up near Epping Forest. She studied English at Cambridge University, then joined the Foreign Office and worked in Poland, before returning to Oxford University to study for a doctorate in literature of the romantic period.  She worked for Oxfam, lobbying on conflict issues, before becoming a full-time writer.

Her first book, The Diamond of Drury Lane (2006), is the first in a series of 'Cat Royal' books, about the adventures of an orphan girl brought up in a theatre in Georgian London. It won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize in 2006, and was also shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award. Further books in this series are: Cat Among the Pigeons (2006); Den of Thieves (2007); Cat o Nine Tails (2007): and Black Heart of Jamaica (2008). The sixth book in the series, Cat's Cradle, is due to be published in 2009.

Her 'Companions' series, a fantasy series with a cast of mythical creatures, comprises of: Secret of the Sirens (2006); The Gorgon's Gaze (2006); Mines of the Minotaur (2007); and The Chimera's Curse (2007). She has recently written two further children's novels, The Ship Between the Worlds (2007), and Ringmaster (2007).

Julia Golding lives in Oxford.


Cat Among the Pigeons   Egmont, 2006

Secret of the Sirens   Oxford University Press, 2006

The Diamond of Drury Lane   Egmont, 2006

The Gorgon's Gaze   Oxford University Press, 2006

Cat o Nine Tails   Egmont, 2007

Den of Thieves   Egmont, 2007

Mines of the Minotaur   Oxford University Press, 2007

Ringmaster   Egmont, 2007

The Chimera's Curse   Oxford University Press, 2007

The Ship Between the Worlds   Oxford University Press, 2007

Black Heart of Jamaica   Egmont, 2008

Cat's Cradle   Egmont, 2009

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