Julia Ibbotson

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Acclaimed award-winning author Dr Julia Ibbotson is fascinated by the medieval world and concepts of time. She writes the Dr DuLac series of medieval time slips: A Shape on the Air, The Dragon Tree and The Rune Stone are the first three. 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, which inspired the Drumbeats trilogy (which begins in Ghana in the 1960s and continues through to the 1990s). Apart from insatiable reading, Julia loves world ...more

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Julia Ibbotson Currently I'm working on sequels to A Shape on the Air, in the Dr DuLac series. The Dragon Tree is a historical time slip again, and is about medieval…moreCurrently I'm working on sequels to A Shape on the Air, in the Dr DuLac series. The Dragon Tree is a historical time slip again, and is about medievalist and academic Dr Viv DuLac and Rev Rory again. But this one is set on Madeira island and is focused on the present day and the 14th and 16th centuries. The third, The Rune Stone, is with my intrepid pair back in the UK and again focuses on the dark ages, 6th century AD, and, in the present day a mysterious rune stone in Rory's churchyard.(less)
Julia Ibbotson I love the medieval period and in fact studied it at university for my first degree. A Shape on the Air is set in the present day and 490 AD, so very …moreI love the medieval period and in fact studied it at university for my first degree. A Shape on the Air is set in the present day and 490 AD, so very early medieval - the dark ages, really. I am also intrigued by time slip and concepts of time and what it means, parallel universes, and so on. (less)
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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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