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Julia Kelly - Author

About the Author

Julia Kelly studied English, Sociology and Journalism in Dublin, and escaped to London for the mad, bad years of life. She now lives in Bray, County Wicklow. This is her first novel.

Featured books by Julia Kelly

The Playground

The Playground

Author: Julia Kelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Eve is putting her life together again. Her partner has walked out on her. She's moved into a tiny flat on the outskirts of Dublin. She has no job. But she does have her beloved baby daughter - and there's a little playground across the street. It's a tired spot for teenagers and tramps, but Eve is determined to make this new life work. Alongside her interfering lodger and a group of local mums she swings into action to make the playground the heart of the community. But not all games are innocent - and not all friends are true. When a terrible accident is blamed on her, Eve must forge her own independence - and realise that the playground is not a place to hide from adulthood.

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The Playground

The Playground

Author: Julia Kelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Eve is starting again. Newly single, unemployed and with a baby daughter, she joins the local mums trying to make their nearby playground the heart of the community. But not all games are innocent - and not all friends are true. When the rules change, Eve must forge her own independence - and realise that the playground is no place to hide from adulthood.

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Other books by Julia Kelly

The Whispers of War

The Whispers of War

Author: Julia Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/01/2020

August, 1939, Britain watches the headlines in fear of another devastating war with Germany and three women must choose between friendship or country. Socialite Nora is determined to find her place in the Home Office's Air Raid Precautions Department, while matchmaker, Hazel, tries to mask two closely guarded secrets with irrepressible optimism, and German ex-pat Marie worries that she and her family might face imprisonment in an internment camp if war is declared. When Germany invades Poland and tensions on the home front rise, Marie is labelled an enemy alien, and the three friends find themselves fighting together to keep her free at any cost. The Whispers of War is a moving and unforgettable tale of the power and strength of friendship in a time of conflict. Perfect for fans of Lilac Girls, A Woman of War and The Secret Orphan. Praise for Julia Kelly: 'A heartbreaking romance that will grip you from the very beginning' Washington Post 'Kelly deftly balances intrigue with mystery and historical detail in her latest novel... A charming imagining of the historical gunner girls' Kirkus Review 'Kelly weaves an intricate, tender, and convincing tale of war and romance with skill and suspense' Publishers Weekly

The Light Over London The most gripping and heartbreaking WW2 page-turner you need to read this year

The Light Over London The most gripping and heartbreaking WW2 page-turner you need to read this year

Author: Julia Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/10/2019

A forgotten diary, a forbidden love affair, a desperate fight to save her country 2017 When Cara Hargreaves discovers a diary from the 1940s, its contents will change her life forever... 1941 When Louise Keene meets dashing RAF pilot, Paul Bolton, she is swept off her feet. Then Paul is sent to war and Louise, defying her mother's wishes, ends up a gunner girl in London. Watching the pitch-black skies for bombers, Louise finds comfort recording her dreams in her diary. And as Cara reads her words, decades later, she learns that hope can be found even in the darkest of times, she just needs to take a chance... Discover the story of the remarkable World War Two gunner girls in this entrancing and heartbreaking novel, perfect for fans of Martha Hall Kelly's The Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale.

Matchstick Man

Matchstick Man

Author: Julia Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/05/2019

Julia Kelly met a charismatic and successful artist, Charlie Whisker, while she was working on her first novel. He was twenty years older than her. Their relationship was passionate and extraordinary; each of them inspired the other. Their friends were writers, artists and rock stars; they lived a glamorous life of exhibitions, parties and concerts. They became parents to a daughter they adored. But Charlie suddenly changed, becoming hopelessly forgetful, angry and confused. This is an unbearably honest, unsentimental and heartbreaking description of a brilliant man's mental disintegration and its effects on his family. Charlie's disturbing behaviour is described in a series of terrible, understated revelations. An unforgettable telling of a story that will be familiar to many thousands of people in the UK and Ireland.

The Light Over London A heartbreaking and romantic wartime story of love, friendship and hope

The Light Over London A heartbreaking and romantic wartime story of love, friendship and hope

Author: Julia Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/02/2019

A forgotten diary, a forbidden love affair, a desperate fight to save her country 2017 When Cara Hargreaves discovers a diary from the 1940s, its contents will change her life forever... 1941 When Louise Keene meets dashing RAF pilot, Paul Bolton, she is swept off her feet. Then Paul is sent to war and Louise, defying her mother's wishes, ends up a gunner girl in London. Watching the pitch-black skies for bombers, Louise finds comfort recording her dreams in her diary. And as Cara reads her words, decades later, she learns that hope can be found even in the darkest of times, she just needs to take a chance... Discover the story of the remarkable World War Two gunner girls in this entrancing and heartbreaking novel, perfect for fans of Martha Hall Kelly's The Lilac Girls and Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale. Praise for The Light Over London 'a heartbreaking romance that will grip you from the very beginning.' Washington Post 'Kelly deftly balances intrigue with mystery and historical detail in her latest novel... A charming imagining of the historical gunner girls.' Kirkus Review 'Kelly weaves an intricate, tender, and convincing tale of war and romance with skill and suspense.' Publishers Weekly

Skulptur heute (German Edition) Schriften und Interviews zeitgenoessischer Kunstler

Skulptur heute (German Edition) Schriften und Interviews zeitgenoessischer Kunstler

Author: Julia Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/12/2018

Over the past twenty years, since theory has begun scrutinizing the concept of sculpture itself, the genre has been experiencing a new renaissance as an artistic form of expression. This publication assembles essays, statements, interviews, letters, poems, and other kinds of texts by artists from all around the world on the various concepts of sculpture from 1990 to the present. Illustrations of the contributing artists' works show the multiple facets and diversity of contemporary sculpture. In three lengthy chapters and a brief introduction, the book presents works of sculpture, the processes used to create them, different kinds of figuration, and exhibition venues for contemporary sculpture. Intended for a broad audience of artists, curators, art historians, students, and art lovers, this volume is being produced by the Anthony Cragg Foundation for the Waldfrieden Sculpture Park in Wuppertal and serves both as an important reference book as well as a source of inspiration. (English edition ISBN 978-3-7757-3347-2) The artists presented: Edward Allington, Francis Alys, John Bock, Mel Brimfield, Anthony Caro, Jan de Cock, Tony Cragg, Matthew Crawley, Richard Deacon, Michael Dean, Mark Dion, Elmgreen und Dragset, Chris Evans, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Francesco Gennari, Thomas Hirschhorn, Ilya Kabakov, Mike Kelley, Hew Locke, Sarah Lucas, Paul McCarthy, Jonathan Monk, Ron Mueck, Mike Nelson, Patricia Piccinini, Falke Pisano, Bettina Pousttchi, Marc Quinn, Gregor Schneider, Thomas Schutte, Roman Signer, Florian Slotawa, Kiki Smith, Bob und Roberta Smith, Didier Vermeiren, Franz West, Keith Wilson, Erwin Wurm, Carey Young

Matchstick Man

Matchstick Man

Author: Julia Kelly Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 15/11/2018

Julia Kelly met charismatic and successful artist, Charlie Whisker, while she was working on her first novel. He was twenty years older than her. Their relationship was passionate and extraordinary; each of them inspired the other. Their friends were writers, artists and rock stars; they lived a glamorous life of exhibitions, parties and concerts. They became parents to a daughter they adored. But Charlie suddenly changed, becoming hopelessly forgetful, angry and confused. This is an unbearably honest, unsentimental and heartbreaking description of a brilliant man's mental disintegration and its effects on his family. Charlie's disturbing behaviour is described in a series of terrible, understated revelations. An unforgettable telling of a story that will be familiar to many thousands of people in the UK and Ireland.

Allure of Attraction

Allure of Attraction

Author: Julia Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 25/06/2018

The lyrical and enchanting Matchmaker of Edinburgh series returns with this third novel following a Scottish matchmaker who uses her uncanny ability to craft perfect matchesno matter what the couple may initially believe. Lavinia Parkem, the most talented dressmaker in Edinburgh, has never forgotten her first love: Captain Andrew Colter. They were meant to be married years earlier but when Andrew's ship was wrecked in the Caribbean her parents forced her to marry another. Andrew may have survived a shipwreck to find fame and fortune at sea, but he never fully healed after Lavinia's abandonment. Instead, he dedicated himself to the navyand secret missions for the foreign office. Nearing retirement and back on British soil, he's given a new assignmentinfiltrate the home of a wealthy banker who's suspected of being behind a plan to assassinate the Prince of Wales. But to do that, Andrew must recruit and turn the woman the banker once wooed: Lavinia Parkem. Unable to shirk his duties, Andrew begrudgingly uses the influence of successful matchmaker of Edinburgh to convince the now-widowed Lavinia to help him take down his mark. She relents, telling herself that Andrew's no longer the warm, loving young man she once knew. But the more time she spends with him, the harder it is to pretend there's no longer any attraction there. And it's tormenting Andrew that he must ask her to put herself in more and more danger and now, he must decide whether his duty to queen and country is worth risking the life of the woman he never stopped loving.

Matchstick Man

Matchstick Man

Author: Julia Kelly Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/05/2018

Julia Kelly met a charismatic and successful artist, Charlie Whisker, while she was working on her first novel. He was twenty years older than her. Their relationship was passionate and extraordinary; each of them inspired the other. Their friends were writers, artists and rock stars; they lived a glamorous life of exhibitions, parties and concerts. They became parents to a daughter they adored. But Charlie suddenly changed, becoming hopelessly forgetful, angry and confused. This is an unbearably honest, unsentimental and heartbreaking description of a brilliant man's mental disintegration and its effects on his family. Charlie's disturbing behaviour is described in a series of terrible, understated revelations. An unforgettable telling of a story that will be familiar to many thousands of people in the UK and Ireland.

Matchstick Man

Matchstick Man

Author: Julia Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 03/05/2018

Julia Kelly met a charismatic and successful artist, Charlie Whisker, while she was working on her first novel. He was twenty years older than her. Their relationship was passionate and extraordinary; each of them inspired the other. Their friends were writers, artists and rock stars; they lived a glamorous life of exhibitions, parties and concerts. They became parents to a daughter they adored. But Charlie suddenly changed, becoming hopelessly forgetful, angry and confused. This is an unbearably honest, unsentimental and heartbreaking description of a brilliant man's mental disintegration and its effects on his family. Charlie's disturbing behaviour is described in a series of terrible, understated revelations. An unforgettable telling of a story that will be familiar to many thousands of people in the UK and Ireland.

Matchstick Man

Matchstick Man

Author: Julia Kelly Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2018

Julia Kelly met a charismatic and successful artist, Charlie Whisker, while she was working on her first novel. He was twenty years older than her. Their relationship was passionate and extraordinary; each of them inspired the other. Their friends were writers, artists and rock stars; they lived a glamorous life of exhibitions, parties and concerts. They became parents to a daughter they adored. But Charlie suddenly changed, becoming hopelessly forgetful, angry and confused. This is an unbearably honest, unsentimental and heartbreaking description of a brilliant man's mental disintegration and its effects on his family. Charlie's disturbing behaviour is described in a series of terrible, understated revelations. An unforgettable telling of a story that will be familiar to many thousands of people in the UK and Ireland.

Taste of Temptation

Taste of Temptation

Author: Julia Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 05/02/2018

Travel back in time to Scotland with bestselling author Julia Kelly for this delightful second installment in her latest historical romance series, The Matchmaker of Edinburgh series. Accomplished matchmaker Moira Sullivan knows that sometimes, the most unlikely pair can be the most entertaining.Only desperation could have driven Caroline Burkett to her brother's home in Scotland, but desperate is exactly what she is. After suing her former fianc for breaking their engagement and causing a scandal in the papers, her only hope of starting over is to enlist the help of Edinburgh's famous matchmaker, Moira Sullivan. Born to a butler and maid, Jonathan Moray fought hard to find his place in Edinburgh society. Now a powerful newspaperman, he can make or break a person's reputation with his headlines, but Jonathan knows his success isn't guaranteed. He needs salacious stories to keep his readers enthralled, and Caroline's story is just the sort to sell papers in droves. When Moira introduces Jonathan and Caroline at a salon, Caroline knows the editor is exactly the wrong man to associate with if she wants to find a husband and restore her reputation, but even as another, more suitable suitor begins to court her, she can't deny the power of her attraction to Jonathan. Now she must ask herself if she's strong enough to choose between the man who can give her a secure, quiet life, or the one who promises her a passion she's never known.

Look of Love

Look of Love

Author: Julia Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 09/10/2017

Discover the first installment in the new delightfully charming Scottish romance series where the matchmaker of Edinburgh uses her uncanny abilities to create the perfect matcheseven if the couples are doubtful they'll ever find love.An accomplished sculptor with secret ambitions, Ina Duncan has managed to avoid marriage for years until an accidental encounter at a party leaves her near ruin and in need of a husband. Fast. Determined to find a willing husband for Ina, Edinburgh's most powerful matchmaker, Moira Sullivan, quickly realizes that the solution to Ina's problem might be right in front of her. Ina's best friend, Gavin Barrett, has a secret no one knows: he's loved her for years. As the second son of a baronet, however, he knows he has little chance with his brilliant, beautiful friend. All that changes when Moira convinces Ina to propose a marriage of convenience to Gavin to save her from ruin. Ina only wants two things from him in return: a vow she can continue to sculpt and a promise they'll remain in Edinburgh. After a rocky start, happinessand maybe passionseems on the horizon for the newlyweds until a twist of fate bestows the title of Sir Barrett on Gavin and forces him to assume responsibilities he's never wanted. Forced to mold herself into the perfect baronet's wife, Ina must choose between her dreams and the man she's learning to love.

Governess Was Wild

Governess Was Wild

Author: Julia Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 14/11/2016

Travel through the English countryside in this third delightful historical Regency romance in the Governesses series by award-winning author Julia Kelly!When Lady Margaret Rawson is caught trying to elope with the thoroughly unsuitable James Lawrence, Lord and Lady Rawson decide it's time to send their daughter away from the temptations of London. The job of delivering the headstrong girl to the familys isolated Yorkshire estate naturally falls to her governess, Jane Ephram. It should be an easy task, but with the wild Lady Margaret, nothing ever goes according to plan. To make matters worse, Lord Rawson has made it clear that if anything happens to his daughter along the way, Jane will be dismissed without a letter of reference. When Jane finds Lady Margarets inn room empty and the charming Lord Nicholas Hollingss horse missing one morning, she must embark on an adventure of her own with the devilishly handsome baron. Will Jane and Nicholas find Lady Margaret, the scheming Mr. Lawrence, and the missing horse, or will they discover something else entirely?

Governess Was Wanton

Governess Was Wanton

Author: Julia Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 10/10/2016

Follow three best friends who navigate love and independence as governesses in Regency England in this delightfully charming installment in the Governesses series.Mary Woodward, a young veteran governess, has one job: guiding a young debutante through her first season in high society. And up until now, keeping her fous and avoiding temptation has been easy. But never before has the father of her young charge been as devilishly handsome as the single, wealthy Earl of Asten.... Convinced to risk it all, Mary let's herself enjoy one night of magic at a masked ball in Asten's arms, but will they both regret everything when the Earl learns her true identity?

Governess Was Wicked

Governess Was Wicked

Author: Julia Kelly Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2016

This delightfully charming and saucy Regency era romance, is first in the Governess series in which three best friends are employed as governesses for different families, and all find themselves wanting something they cant have.Elizabeth Porter is quite happy with her position as the governess for two sneaky-yet-sweet girls when she notices that they have a penchant for falling ill and needing the doctor. As the visits from the dashing and handsome Doctor Edward Fellows become more frequent, Elizabeth quickly sees through the lovesick girls ruse. Yet even Elizabeth cant help but notice Edwards bewitching bedside manner even as she tries to convince herself that someone of her station would not make a suitable wife for a doctor. But one little kiss wont hurt...

The Playground

The Playground

Author: Julia Kelly Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/06/2015

Eve is putting her life together again. Her partner has walked out on her. She's moved into a tiny flat on the outskirts of Dublin. She has no job. But she does have her beloved baby daughter - and there's a little playground across the street. It's a tired spot for teenagers and tramps, but Eve is determined to make this new life work. Alongside her interfering lodger and a group of local mums she swings into action to make the playground the heart of the community. But not all games are innocent - and not all friends are true. When a terrible accident is blamed on her, Eve must forge her own independence - and realise that the playground is not a place to hide from adulthood.

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