Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS -

Born in Phil­a­del­phia, USA, in 1970, Julie Co­hen was raised in a small town in the Maine woods. “I’ve spent ev­ery sin­gle sum­mer of my life at my fam­ily’s lit­tle cot­tage at the lake, which my great-grand­fa­ther built and where my par­ents met,” she says. Julie wrote her first novel about a girl wizard at age 11 – “100 hand­writ­ten pages with hand-drawn maps and cal­lig­ra­phy chap­ter head­ings. I’ve still got it,” she laughs. Af­ter study­ing English Lit­er­a­ture at Brown Uni­ver­sity in the US and Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity in the UK, she be­came a school teacher and started writ­ing nov­els. Get­ting pub­lished was tough but she per­se­vered and her books are now trans­lated into 15 lan­guages, with sales of close to a mil­lion world­wide. Julie cur­rently lives in Eng­land “with my hus­band, our son and our dog”, and is work­ing on “a novel about how one per­son’s life can af­fect a whole com­mu­nity”.

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