Julie Houston's first five novels GOODNESS, GRACE AND ME, THE ONE SAVING GRACE , LOOKING FOR LUCY, A VILLAGE AFFAIR, and COMING HOME TO HOLLY CLOSE FARM are all Amazon Humour #1 best sellers both here in the UK and Australia. LOOKING FOR LUCY hit the #1 best seller overall in Australia and A VILLAGE AFFAIR was the seventh most downloaded e-book of 2019 in the UK, selling over 125 000 copies to date. SING ME A SECRET will be published on May 7th 2020 and A VILLAGE VACANCY on October 22nd 2020.
Julie lives in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire where her novels are set, and her only claims to fame are that she teaches part-time at 'Bridget Jones' author Helen Fielding's old junior school and her neighbour is 'Chocolat' author, Joanne Harris. After University, where she studied Education and English Literature, she taught for many years as a junior school teacher. As a newly qualified teacher, broke and paying off her first mortgage, she would spend every long summer holiday working on different Kibbutzim in Israel. After teaching for a few years she decided to go to New Zealand to work and taught in Auckland for a year before coming back to this country. She now teaches just two days a week, and still loves the buzz of teaching junior-aged children. She has been a magistrate for the past twenty years, and, when not distracted by Ebay, Twitter and Ancestry, spends much of her time writing. Julie is married, has a twenty-six-year-old son and twenty-three-year-old daughter and a ridiculous Cockerpoo called Lincoln. She runs and swims because she's been told it's good for her, but would really prefer a glass of wine, a sun lounger and a jolly good book - preferably with Matthew Mcconaughay in attendance.
She hates skiing, gets sick on boats and wouldn't go pot-holing or paddy diving if her life depended on it.
She is published by HeadOfZeus/Aria and represented by Anne Williams at KHLA Literary agency.
Winner of the 2021Sapere books popular fiction award.
A Village Affair
" ...Let me put it this way then, I envy all the readers who are yet to read this beautiful story..."
Goodness, Grace and Me
"Finished this hours ago. I'm still chuckling at the goings on. It's brazen. It's brassy. It's positively a tonic to be taken. Hilarious, riotous, a laugh, and a tear, on the fast turning pages..."
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