Award-winning author Julia Ibbotson is obsessed by the medieval world and concepts of time travel.She studied English at Keele University (England), after a turbulent but exciting gap year in Ghana, West Africa, and specialised in medieval language, literature and history, and she has a PhD in linguistics. She wrote her first novel at 10 years of age, but became a teacher, lecturer and researcher. Julia has published 5 books now, including A Shape on the Air (a medieval time-slip), a children's book (S.C.A.R.S, a fantasy medieval time-slip, a memoir, the first two books of her Drumbeats trilogy(the third due out soon), which begins and ends in Ghana. Apart from writing and insatiable reading, Julia loves travelling the world, singing in choirs, swimming, yoga and walking in the English countryside.
A Shape on the Air
Can love last for lifetimes?
Viv DuLac is a university professor, specialising in Anglo Saxon history. She lives with her partner Pete Adamson in a flat she loves, and is very happy with her life.
Then Pete comes home and tells her he's leaving her for Viv's good friend Gwyn and that he has leveraged the flat for his business, so she no longer has a home.
Viv's world collapses.
After drinking far too much wine Viv goes out for a walk and slips into the local pond known as Cooney's Mere.
It acts as a time portal, and Viv finds herself in the year 499 in the body of Lady Vivianne, orphaned and betrothed to Sir Pelleas, a man whom she despises and who only wants Lady Vivianne for her inheritance.
But Lady Vivianne is a feisty lady and Sir Pelleas is not going to simply take what he wants without a fight.
When Viv awakes, she thinks she was dreaming, until she finds a small gold key in her bed, a key she has never seen in her life, but remembers from her dream.
Could she be having a breakdown? But how would that explain the key?
Viv is being helped through her heartache by her good friend Ellie and her crazy upstairs neighbour Tilly.
She also becomes friends with the local vicar, a man named Rory Netherbridge, who looks uncannily like Sir Roland, a man who serves Sir Pelleas but looks out for Lady Vivianne. Rory tells Vivianne that he, too, has been to the year 499.
He tells her about time slipping, and how her fragile emotional state might have opened the portal to another life she had once lived.
As Viv sees the similarities between her current life and her life in 499, she discovers correspondence from her dead parents, about a locked chest and a key, and knows what she has to do to find the answers.
But will Sir Roland win, or Sir Pelleas?
And what role will Rory play in Viv's life when the mystery of the portal is solved?
Filled with historical detail, A Shape on the Air is for anyone who believes in love that lasts for lifetimes and beyond.
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It is 1965 and the air is light with the idea of freedom, love
and the Beatles, but eighteen year old Jess, a feisty young woman
with ideas of her own, is feeling stifled by her puritanical
religious family background in working class England.
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Walking in the Rain
Young and idealistic, Jessamy 'Jess' returns from her gap year in
Ghana after a bad injury.
Not quite fitting in with her Quaker family, she dreams of a
When her old boyfriend Simon gets in touch saying he was wrong to break up with her when she was away, Jess is delighted.
Soon Simon is talking marriage and a life together, and even though Jess is hesitant, she finds herself married, living in a horrible flat, and trying to deal with Simon's mood swings and ugly temper.
It's not the life she wants for herself, but it is the life she chose, so she finds strength she never knew she had, and gets things done.
Soon, she and Simon have two daughters and a lovely house, even if it was paid for by his parents.
Jess is not happy, but she has good friends, including her best friend Polly, married to the gorgeous Matt, who once held a candle for Jess.
Just when Jess thinks life is starting to calm down, Simon delivers a crushing blow that changes all their lives, forever.
And as the dust starts to settle, Jess thinks that after a lot of heartache and missed opportunities, her dreams might actually be starting to come true…
Walking in the Rain is a captivating story about a woman's resilience, courage and second chances.
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Gavin is an ordinary boy with problems like everyone else, when
he finds himself in an extraordinary situation and facing the
fight of his life.
People are calling him Sir Gawain, a knight, and are sending him on a medieval Quest. How has he found himself on a horse when he has never ridden before? How come he has a sword in his hand and terrifying creatures are bearing down upon him? He seems to have slipped through the time-space continuum into another universe, another time.
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