Julie Summers

Books by this Author

Our Uninvited Guests
The Colonel of Tamarkan
Jambusters
When the Children Came Home
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Work hard, live well, love life

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Rowing, then cooking

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Cookies with no chocolate in them. What is the point?

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Hard to say, I admire Mary Wollstonecraft

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Singing

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March 11, 2013

Now that Jambusters has been published, people are beginning to comment on the name, I just want to put the record straight and explain its origin. The title came from my younger brother, Tim.

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February 20, 2013

Those who know me are aware of my passion for archives. I am never happier than when up to my elbows in old papers and photographs. Much of the research for my books is done in archives. I have a wonderful very part-time research assistant who helps out on hard facts, such as the price of onions in 1940 or the amount of potash shipped to Britain from Canada in 1944, but I do the hands on work myself. Often I don’t know quite what I’m looking for but I certainly know when I have found it. For example, when I was reading the correspondence of Mrs Denys Blewitt in the Department of Documents in the Imperial War Museum, I found a letter from her... see more

February 20, 2013

If someone in a bar tells you a story about their past, do you believe it wholly or do you think it might have been embellished a little to make it a cracking good yarn? It probably depends on who is telling you the story and how far-fetched it seems to you, given your experience. Normally, it does not matter. You can take it or leave it. However, when you come to interview someone about their past, particularly their childhood, for an article or a book, can you be sure you are hearing the whole truth? The short answer is, you cannot. Yet oral history is a discipline and, when well used, can add fascinating detail and vivid colour to a story. So how, as... see more

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