Julie Shaw - Author

About the Author

My name is Julie Shaw, and my father, Keith, is the only surviving member of the 13 Hudson siblings, born to Annie and Reggie Hudson on the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford. We were and are a very close family, even though there were so many of us, and those of us who are left always will be.

I wanted to write these stories as a tribute to my parents and family. The stories are all based on the truth but, as I’m sure you’ll understand, I’ve had to disguise some identities and facts to protect the innocent. Those of you who still live on the Canterbury Estate will appreciate the folklore that we all grew up with: the stories of our predecessors, good and bad, and the names that can still strike fear or respect into our hearts – the stories of the Canterbury Warriors.

Author photo © Scott Hudson

Featured books by Julie Shaw

Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/04/2017

A tense, vivid, standalone tale set in the early 1980’s from the author of ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series. Vicky and Lucy are best friends, when they leave school they take different paths as they fall for two very different men, and an uneasy relationship develops. When Vicky’s life goes into catastrophic freefall, will Lucy still be there for her oldest friend? This story is in the same vein as ‘Blood Ties’ and ‘Bad Blood’, the Hudson’s aren’t to be seen, however the author’s trademark gritty, compelling writing again covers the pages. The story gallops along, fascinating and confrontational in equal measure as I found myself wanting to shake some sense and awareness into Vicky. ‘Blood Sisters’ is a full-on spiky tale of family drama, ghastly deeds, and loving friendship, and it’s another winner from Julie Shaw. ~ Liz Robinson Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series:1. Our Vinnie2. My Uncle Charlie3. My Mam Shirley4. Blood Ties5. Bad Blood6. Blood Sisters

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Bad Blood

Bad Blood

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/07/2016

Another provocative, edgy and at times unbelievably sad story from the author of ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series. Julie Shaw really has hit on a winner with her bold and girtty stories based on her family and neighbours. This time she focuses on 17 year old Christine, pregnant and about to give birth in Bradford in the early 1980’s. Josie, one of the main characters from ‘Our Vinnie’ makes a welcome reappearance, and it’s good to catch up with her again. I wonder how many more Hudson tales there are to come? If this is your first in the series, you can read it as a standalone, however I really do recommend starting with ‘Our Vinnie’. There was a painful inevitability to ‘Bad Blood’, at times difficult to comprehend and emotional, this really is eye-opening stuff and well worth reading. Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series:1. Our Vinnie2. My Uncle Charlie3. My Mam Shirley4. Blood Ties5. Bad Blood6. Blood Sisters

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Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety

Blood Ties Family is Not Always a Place of Safety

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/02/2016

‘Blood Ties’ is a bittersweet, unmistakably romantic tale set in Bradford in the 1960’s. This is a very different offering to the first three in ‘The Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ series, namely that the Hudson’s do not make an appearance (though they are mentioned). The same gritty tone and background is evident, however the scurry of criminal feet remains at a distance, this is set around a working family, who run a pub. If you’ve read the first three in the series and loved to hate, or be astounded by certain members of the Hudson family, then you are in luck, as Irene, Kathleen’s step-mother is all too easy to dislike. Kathleen herself is 16, and this is her tale, love is just around the corner, but can love conquer all? The story just zips along, and with occasional smacks of grim reality, this is another readable (but not quite as feisty tale) from Julie Shaw. ~ Liz Robinson Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series:1. Our Vinnie2. My Uncle Charlie3. My Mam Shirley4. Blood Ties5. Bad Blood6. Blood Sisters

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My Mam Shirley

My Mam Shirley

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/12/2014

An engaging and compassionate view into the world of the Hudson women, some of whom are just as infamous as their men. You can actually read the ‘Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’ in any order, however it feels right that this is the third, as it feels softer, more gentle, perhaps a feel good read in some respects, particularly after the events of the first two books. Love and affection overlays this tale, you can tell the author has a real and intimate connection to Shirley without having to read the family tree. You are also given a different insight into some of the men, viewing them from Shirley’s eyes as she marries into the family. The women who support their Hudson men are tenacious and tough, they have to be, otherwise they’d have been swallowed whole. This is a warm, occasionally spicy and spiky read set in the 40’s and 60’s, life for Shirley isn’t a bed of roses but you know she wouldn’t change it for the world. The first book in the series is 'Our Vinnie' and the second is 'My Uncle Charlie'. ~ Liz Robinson Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series:1. Our Vinnie2. My Uncle Charlie3. My Mam Shirley4. Blood Ties5. Bad Blood6. Blood Sisters

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My Uncle Charlie

My Uncle Charlie

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2014

Another riveting insight into a world of hardship and crime, where family doesn't just matter, it means everything. The second book based on the true 'Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family’, almost feels as though it should have been the first, an introduction, an initiation to this curiously captivating family. Detailing the marriage of Annie and Reggie Hudson in 1919 and the birth of their thirteen children, you begin to understand what makes this family tick. Highlighting charismatic Charlie though his childhood into the 40’s and 50’s, you know that crime and violence is second nature to him, yet the author shows the inner core to this hulk of a man and it encourages compassion. Different emotions may battle one another as you read and it’s truly fascinating to see which comes out on top. ‘My Mam Shirley’, the third in the series, about the women who hold this family together, promises to be another enthralling read. The First book in the series is 'Our Vinnie'. ~ Liz Robinson Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series:1. Our Vinnie2. My Uncle Charlie3. My Mam Shirley4. Blood Ties5. Bad Blood6. Blood Sisters

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Our Vinnie The True Story of Yorkshire's Notorious Criminal Family

Our Vinnie The True Story of Yorkshire's Notorious Criminal Family

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

December 2014 Book of the Month. A truly fascinating tale, sad, moving and at times repugnant, but so utterly compelling. You feel as though you have been spirited back into the 1970’s to sit on the shoulder of the Hudson family from the notorious Canterbury Estate in Bradford. Vinnie and Josie are captivating characters, brother and sister with similar hopes and dreams, they are also as opposite as opposite can be. The nightmare path on which the two find themselves, somehow feels inevitable and the abhorrence you feel as the tale unfolds is even more shocking when you remember this story is true. Although classed as non-fiction, this reads like fiction and Shaw, cousin to Vinnie states that local folklore sits alongside the truth. The family tree at the front of the book is an interesting read in its own right and you can see how two further books ‘My Uncle Charlie’ and ‘My Mam Shirley’ fit into the jigsaw. Unflinchingly raw, honest and bleak, the family bonds of love and protection, particularly between Vinnie and Josie, hold a candle to the darkness. ~ Liz Robinson Tales of the Notorious Hudson Family series:1. Our Vinnie2. My Uncle Charlie3. My Mam Shirley4. Blood Ties5. Bad Blood6. Blood Sisters

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Other books by Julie Shaw

Hidden Sin: Part 3 of 3: When the past comes back to haunt you

Hidden Sin: Part 3 of 3: When the past comes back to haunt you

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 17/05/2018

The explosive sequel to #1 Sunday Times bestseller Bad Blood.Set 18 years later, Hidden Sin is the story of Joey, his girlfriend Paula and Rasta Mo, the man he is to discover is his dad.Joey Parker is a young man with big dreams. Almost eighteen, he's desperate to escape the shackles of his window cleaning round, so when's offered the chance to try out as a drummer in a local Blondie tribute band he jumps at the chance. But it isn't just the music that moves him. It's also the fact that Paula Foster is the lead singer. The daughter of his mum's old mate, Josie, she was once a childhood friend. They've not seen each other in years, and their mutual attraction is immediate.Meanwhile, notorious local drug overlord, Rasta Mo, has recently returned to Bradford after a spell inside and years in Marbella. He is instantly enamored with the good-looking drummer he discovers is his son. He decides that his new club is in need of a house band - and so begins his attempts to woo him.This book charts a journey between two men into a future neither visualized. And, in Joey's case, into a dangerous criminal world he's never known. And, while his mother and step-father can only look on in horror as Joey potentially becomes the one thing she's always dreaded - his father's son.Joey is oblivious to who Mo is. The truth has always been hidden from him. All he cares about is that his and Paula's dreams are all starting to come true. But will the cost of achieving them be too high to pay?

Hidden Sin

Hidden Sin

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 17/05/2018

Set 18 years later, Hidden Sin is the story of Joey, his girlfriend Paula and Rasta Mo, the man he is to discover is his dad. Joey Parker is a young man with big dreams. Almost eighteen, he's desperate to escape the shackles of his window cleaning round, so when's offered the chance to try out as a drummer in a local Blondie tribute band he jumps at the chance. But it isn't just the music that moves him. It's also the fact that Paula Foster is the lead singer. The daughter of his mum's old mate, Josie, she was once a childhood friend. They've not seen each other in years, and their mutual attraction is immediate. Meanwhile, notorious local drug overlord, Rasta Mo, has recently returned to Bradford after a spell inside and years in Marbella. He is instantly enamored with the good-looking drummer he discovers is his son. He decides that his new club is in need of a house band - and so begins his attempts to woo him. This book charts a journey between two men into a future neither visualized. And, in Joey's case, into a dangerous criminal world he's never known. And, while his mother and step-father can only look on in horror as Joey potentially becomes the one thing she?s always dreaded - his father's son. Joey is oblivious to who Mo is. The truth has always been hidden from him. All he cares about is that his and Paula's dreams are all starting to come true. But will the cost of achieving them be too high to pay?

Hidden Sin: Part 2 of 3: When the past comes back to haunt you

Hidden Sin: Part 2 of 3: When the past comes back to haunt you

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 10/05/2018

The explosive sequel to #1 Sunday Times bestseller Bad Blood.Set 18 years later, Hidden Sin is the story of Joey, his girlfriend Paula and Rasta Mo, the man he is to discover is his dad.Joey Parker is a young man with big dreams. Almost eighteen, he's desperate to escape the shackles of his window cleaning round, so when's offered the chance to try out as a drummer in a local Blondie tribute band he jumps at the chance. But it isn't just the music that moves him. It's also the fact that Paula Foster is the lead singer. The daughter of his mum's old mate, Josie, she was once a childhood friend. They've not seen each other in years, and their mutual attraction is immediate.Meanwhile, notorious local drug overlord, Rasta Mo, has recently returned to Bradford after a spell inside and years in Marbella. He is instantly enamored with the good-looking drummer he discovers is his son. He decides that his new club is in need of a house band - and so begins his attempts to woo him.This book charts a journey between two men into a future neither visualized. And, in Joey's case, into a dangerous criminal world he's never known. And, while his mother and step-father can only look on in horror as Joey potentially becomes the one thing she's always dreaded - his father's son.Joey is oblivious to who Mo is. The truth has always been hidden from him. All he cares about is that his and Paula's dreams are all starting to come true. But will the cost of achieving them be too high to pay?

Hidden Sin: Part 1 of 3: When the past comes back to haunt you

Hidden Sin: Part 1 of 3: When the past comes back to haunt you

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 03/05/2018

The explosive sequel to #1 Sunday Times bestseller Bad Blood.Set 18 years later, Hidden Sin is the story of Joey, his girlfriend Paula and Rasta Mo, the man he is to discover is his dad.Joey Parker is a young man with big dreams. Almost eighteen, he's desperate to escape the shackles of his window cleaning round, so when's offered the chance to try out as a drummer in a local Blondie tribute band he jumps at the chance. But it isn't just the music that moves him. It's also the fact that Paula Foster is the lead singer. The daughter of his mum's old mate, Josie, she was once a childhood friend. They've not seen each other in years, and their mutual attraction is immediate.Meanwhile, notorious local drug overlord, Rasta Mo, has recently returned to Bradford after a spell inside and years in Marbella. He is instantly enamored with the good-looking drummer he discovers is his son. He decides that his new club is in need of a house band - and so begins his attempts to woo him.This book charts a journey between two men into a future neither visualized. And, in Joey's case, into a dangerous criminal world he's never known. And, while his mother and step-father can only look on in horror as Joey potentially becomes the one thing she's always dreaded - his father's son.Joey is oblivious to who Mo is. The truth has always been hidden from him. All he cares about is that his and Paula's dreams are all starting to come true. But will the cost of achieving them be too high to pay?

Blood Sisters: Part 3 of 3: Can a pledge made for life endure beyond death?

Blood Sisters: Part 3 of 3: Can a pledge made for life endure beyond death?

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 20/04/2017

It's 1983 and best friends Vicky and Lucy swear that they will always be there for each other, that they'll never let anyone come between them. But fast forward 4 years and life on the Canterbury Estate has gotten very messy.Lucy has fallen for local policeman's son, Jimmy. And Vicky is madly in love with Paddy, the charming but ruthless local bad boy. The boys are bitter enemies and determined to keep the two girls apart. But then Vicky is accused of murder, and even her drug-dealer boyfriend wants her mouth shut, permanently. Maybe Lucy is the only one who can save her...Love, murder, revenge. Who can you really trust when there's blood on your hands?

Blood Sisters

Blood Sisters

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 20/04/2017

It's 1983 and best friends Vicky and Lucy swear that they will always be there for each other, that they'll never let anyone come between them. But fast forward 4 years and life on the Canterbury Estate has gotten very messy. Lucy has fallen for local policeman's son, Jimmy. And Vicky is madly in love with Paddy, the charming but ruthless local bad boy. The boys are bitter enemies and determined to keep the two girls apart. But then Vicky is accused of murder, and even her drug-dealer boyfriend wants her mouth shut, permanently. Maybe Lucy is the only one who can save her... Love, murder, revenge. Who can you really trust when there's blood on your hands?

Blood Sisters: Part 2 of 3: Can a pledge made for life endure beyond death?

Blood Sisters: Part 2 of 3: Can a pledge made for life endure beyond death?

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 13/04/2017

It's 1983 and best friends Vicky and Lucy swear that they will always be there for each other, that they'll never let anyone come between them. But fast forward 4 years and life on the Canterbury Estate has gotten very messy.Lucy has fallen for local policeman's son, Jimmy. And Vicky is madly in love with Paddy, the charming but ruthless local bad boy. The boys are bitter enemies and determined to keep the two girls apart. But then Vicky is accused of murder, and even her drug-dealer boyfriend wants her mouth shut, permanently. Maybe Lucy is the only one who can save her...Love, murder, revenge. Who can you really trust when there's blood on your hands?

Blood Sisters: Part 1 of 3: Can a pledge made for life endure beyond death?

Blood Sisters: Part 1 of 3: Can a pledge made for life endure beyond death?

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 06/04/2017

It's 1983 and best friends Vicky and Lucy swear that they will always be there for each other, that they'll never let anyone come between them. But fast forward 4 years and life on the Canterbury Estate has gotten very messy.Lucy has fallen for local policeman's son, Jimmy. And Vicky is madly in love with Paddy, the charming but ruthless local bad boy. The boys are bitter enemies and determined to keep the two girls apart. But then Vicky is accused of murder, and even her drug-dealer boyfriend wants her mouth shut, permanently. Maybe Lucy is the only one who can save her...Love, murder, revenge. Who can you really trust when there's blood on your hands?

Bad Blood: Part 3 of 3

Bad Blood: Part 3 of 3

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/07/2016

It's 1971 and seventeen-year-old Christine is about to give birth to her son. When her family throw her out, Christine has the biggest fight of her life to bring up her son safe on the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford, rife with crime, alcohol and drugs, a place where family is everything and nothing.

Bad Blood

Bad Blood

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 14/07/2016

It's 1971 and seventeen-year-old Christine is about to give birth to her son. When her family throw her out, Christine has the biggest fight of her life to bring up her son safe on the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford, rife with crime, alcohol and drugs, a place where family is everything and nothing. It's Friday evening on the Canterbury Estate in Bradford and Christine, who's been rushed to hospital by her friend, Josie, is on the maternity ward giving birth. She's 17 and terrified. Not just of the pain, which is ripping her in two, but because she knows that once the baby arrives, her family is never going to speak to her again. Her beautiful baby boy is about to start a chain of events that will lead to tragedy - and only her own family can save her.

Bad Blood: Part 2 of 3

Bad Blood: Part 2 of 3

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 07/07/2016

It's 1971 and seventeen-year-old Christine is about to give birth to her son. When her family throw her out, Christine has the biggest fight of her life to bring up her son safe on the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford, rife with crime, alcohol and drugs, a place where family is everything and nothing.

Bad Blood: Part 1 of 3

Bad Blood: Part 1 of 3

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 30/06/2016

It's 1971 and seventeen-year-old Christine is about to give birth to her son. When her family throw her out, Christine has the biggest fight of her life to bring up her son safe on the infamous Canterbury Estate in Bradford, rife with crime, alcohol and drugs, a place where family is everything and nothing.

Blood Ties: Part 3 of 3: Family is not always a place of safety

Blood Ties: Part 3 of 3: Family is not always a place of safety

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/02/2016

Family is not always a place of safety.Kathleen was just eight years old when her mother was tragically killed in a car accident. And when her father remarries it is to the bitter and resentful Irene who has two children of her own and no space in her heart for another. Irene goes out of her way to make Kathleen's life as miserable as possible and will stop at nothing to get her out of their lives...When Kathleen is sixteen, a shocking incident rocks the family, and life takes a darker turn.Among this darkness, Kathleen finds a glimmer of hope in an older man, but Irene is ruthless in her mission to destroy her

Blood Ties

Blood Ties

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 11/02/2016

Family is not always a place of safety. Kathleen was just eight years old when her mother was tragically killed in a car accident. And when her father remarries it is to the bitter and resentful Irene who has two children of her own and no space in her heart for another. Irene goes out of her way to make Kathleen's life as miserable as possible and will stop at nothing to get her out of their lives... When Kathleen is sixteen, a shocking incident rocks the family, and life takes a darker turn. Among this darkness, Kathleen finds a glimmer of hope in an older man, but Irene is ruthless in her mission to destroy her. Can Kathleen find happiness or is she destined for tragedy?

Blood Ties: Part 2 of 3: Family is not always a place of safety

Blood Ties: Part 2 of 3: Family is not always a place of safety

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 04/02/2016

Family is not always a place of safety.Kathleen was just eight years old when her mother was tragically killed in a car accident. And when her father remarries it is to the bitter and resentful Irene who has two children of her own and no space in her heart for another. Irene goes out of her way to make Kathleen's life as miserable as possible and will stop at nothing to get her out of their lives...When Kathleen is sixteen, a shocking incident rocks the family, and life takes a darker turn.Among this darkness, Kathleen finds a glimmer of hope in an older man, but Irene is ruthless in her mission to destroy her

Blood Ties: Part 1 of 3: Family is not always a place of safety

Blood Ties: Part 1 of 3: Family is not always a place of safety

Author: Julie Shaw Format: Ebook Release Date: 28/01/2016

Family is not always a place of safety.Kathleen was just eight years old when her mother was tragically killed in a car accident. And when her father remarries it is to the bitter and resentful Irene who has two children of her own and no space in her heart for another. Irene goes out of her way to make Kathleen's life as miserable as possible and will stop at nothing to get her out of their lives...When Kathleen is sixteen, a shocking incident rocks the family, and life takes a darker turn.Among this darkness, Kathleen finds a glimmer of hope in an older man, but Irene is ruthless in her mission to destroy her