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Julia Golding
Author of the Benedicts Series


Julia Golding


March 1969



Notable Works

The Cat Royal Series
The Companions Quartet
Benedict Series



Julia Golding is the author of the Benedicts Series.


She was born in March 1969. She grew up near Epping Forest. At Cambridge University, she read English, after that she joined the Foreign Office and served in Poland.

On leaving Poland, she exchanged diplomacy for academia and took a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period at Oxford. She then joined Oxfam as a lobbyist on conflict issues, campaigning at the UN and with governments to lessen the impact of conflict on civilians living in war zones.

Julia is now married with three children. She lives in Oxford and writes full-time.


She has won the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize with the first book in her Cat Royal series, The Diamond of Drury Lane. She was selected in 2007 as one of Waterstone's 25 authors of the future.

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