Current UEA creative writing student Julia Stuart has secured a two-book deal with Russian publisher Azbooka-Atticus for her two most recent novels. Julia (pictured) is currently completing her MA in Creative Writing (Prose Fiction) at UEA. She is the author of three novels. Her first, ‘The Matchmaker of Périgord’, was published in the UK in 2007, and was longlisted for Spread the Word: Books to Talk About 2008, a World Book Day award. It has been adapted for film by Andrew Birkin who wrote and directed The Cement Garden, based on the novel by Ian McEwan. In 2010 her second novel, ‘Balthazar Jones and the Tower of London Zoo’, was published in the UK. In America it was published as ‘The Tower, the Zoo, and the Tortoise’ and became a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, and an NRP Best Book of the Year. It was picked for the Obamas’ holiday reading, which became an international news story. Her most recent novel, ‘The Pigeon Pie Mystery’, was published in America in 2012, and was selected as a Book of the Week, as well as an ‘Unputdownable Mystery’, by Oprah.com. It will also be published in France, Italy, Taiwan, Portugal and Russia.
Julia’s website can be found here: www.juliastuart.com