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Acclaimed award-winning author Dr Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time travel. She studied English at Keele University, specialising in early medieval language, literature and history, and has a PhD in socio-linguistics. She wrote her first novel at age 10, but became a school teacher, then an academic as a university lecturer and researcher. Julia spent a turbulent but exciting time in Ghana, West Africa, teaching and nursing. She has published both academic works and fiction, including a medieval time-slip, a children’s novel , a memoir, and the Drumbeats trilogy (which begins in Ghana in the 1960s). Apart from insatiable reading, Julia loves world travel, choral singing, swimming, yoga, and walking in t ...more

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Deja vu - what does it signify?

You know those times when you feel you've been there before or someone has said that before? When you know for a fact that it hasn't happened before? Those weird feelings of reliving a life that already existed. For Viv DuLac in my new historical (early medieval) time-slip romance, A Shape on the Air (Endeavour Press), maybe she has been there before ... ? Go to http://www.juliaibbotsonauthor.com Read more of this blog post »
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I love historical dual timeline stories and this was no exception. However, there were, for me just a few awkward parts and the pacing seemed a little uneven this time.
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Strangely I enjoyed this, although it was, I admit, bleak and at times quite distressing. But there was something about the quality of writing and the nature of the story that seemed to pull me in. I did find it very dark compared with other Philippa ...more
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A difficult one. Written with Picoult's usual aplomb and tackling very complex issues, it was thought-provoking. But I did feel that it was rather too 'preachy' in a direct and obvious way. I felt that it could have made its point more effectively wi ...more
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Helen Mccabe Thanks, Julia for sending me your recent reviews. I shall probably buy the most recent 5*. Helen.


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