For Dora Jerusalem, fresh out of Cambridge with a head full of Victorian novels and romantic dreams, landing a job at Modern Woman magazine seems like amazing luck. But her sheltered background hadn't prepared her to resist the charms of rich, spoilt kids with nasty habits and nothing to lose. Inevitably she falls in love with art dealer Guy Boleyn, but it isn't the right time, place or circumstances for either of them. And all the while a long-buried secret lies in wait to booby-trap any attempt at happiness. Kicking off in 1980s London, One Apple Tasted is warm, engaging and brilliantly characterised.
Josa Young was born in Kent, the fourth of five children. Her parents were pretty blase by the time she came along, so she was not taught to read and sent to the local Dame School. Literally 19 children aged 4 to 8 in an old lady's front room. On winter evenings she would walk past the village primary school and look up longingly at the art displayed on the walls. At seven, the family experienced an upheaval, and she was sent away to boarding school. She found she could read after all - a lifelong joy and solace, and the springboard for her desire to join in by writing her own stories.
She read English at Cambridge. In her last year, she was a finalist in the Vogue Talent Contest and went to work for Vogue magazine, initially in the book department, spending happy dusty hours in the Vogue House library. A career in glossy magazines and broadsheet newspapers followed. She has written and edited for the Telegraph and The Times, Country Living, SHE, Tatler and Harpers, among many other publications.
She blogs for the Huffington Post. Her debut novel, One Apple Tasted, was published in 2009 by E&T Books. You can visit the website at: www.oneappletasted.co.uk
In an ideal world, she would write fiction all day long, and poetry in the gaps between. In the real world she creates content for brands, authors and literary organisations. Her new novel, Sail Upon the Land, will be available soon.
Josa Young has three children, and lives in West London with two of them.
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