** Nominated for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie Medal ** 

** Nominated for Ealing Teen Read 2018 **

** Nominated for Hounslow Teen Read 2018 **

“Chekhov for the terror age” ~ ***** five stars ~ The Daily Telegraph

“Filled with references to Russian literature, culture and folklore, Mother Tongue is an evocative and troubling read, with a thought-provoking afterword” ~ Financial Times

“A book that leaves you thinking about it long after you’ve finished reading it” ~ New Books

“[A] beautifully written coming of age story… …a sensitive exploration of how trauma affects personal development” ~ Inis Reading Guide 2016

“Wonderfully depicted” ~ ***** five stars ~ Book of the Week ~ Reading Zone

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“I’m going to speak to you in Russian. If I speak in English, I won’t know enough words. In the language of home, I know too many…”

When Darya Pavlovna loses her little sister in a terrorist attack she goes on a desperate search for a new life, a new love and a new language in which to describe it all. If only she can get to Moscow, everything will be okay…

Mother Tongue is a powerful, and ultimately uplifting, first person account of a stolen childhood and the place you call ‘home’.

Hot Key Books ~ August 2016

The Daily Telegraph, 3 Sept 2016


Financial Times, 24 Sept 2016


The ‘Tales From Russia’ launch at Berkhamsted Waterstones that raised £343 for Naked Heart Foundation.












Visual inspiration for the novel…

Poem by Anna Akhmatova

Julie was supported by the 2011/12 Arvon/Jerwood Mentoring scheme to write Mother Tongue, mentored by Maria McCann.