Acclaimed, award-winning author, Julia Ibbotson says that she loves nothing better than curling up with a good book - and also writing them! She wrote her first full novel at the age of 10. Find her at http://www.juliaibbotsonauthor.com
An author and academic, Julia also loves travel, choral singing, cooking for family and friends, gardening, yoga, country walks, and swimming - but mainly Earl Grey tea with sticky flapjacks for afternoon tea in the garden.
The first novel of her new trilogy, Drumbeats, was published in July 2014 and is the story of love and tragedy set in 1960s West Africa against the backdrop of civil war. It's available on Amazon, as are all her books. The second in the Drumbeats trilogy (Walking in the Rain) has just been published and is also available right now on Amazon.
Her first children's book, called S.C.A.R.S, published in November 2014, is a fantasy time-shift novel which draws from the medieval literature of the tales of King Arthur, and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, among others. The first draft was scribbled in a school exercise book when she was a kid, and then rewritten in the 1970s, long before the current interest in fantasy, the paranormal and alternative time dimensions took hold.
She is also writer of the acclaimed award-winning memoir The Old Rectory: escape to a country kitchen, about the renovation of an English Victorian rectory, finding what's important in life, and with recipes to feed the soul at the end of each chapter. The Old Rectory was named Winner of the biography/autobiography category of the London Book Festival awards January 2013. It also won Honorary Mention at three further international book festivals.
She has published many academic papers and books, mainly in the field of linguistics, education, gender and management, the last being Talking the Walk, also available on Amazon.