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Julia Blackburn

JULIA BLACKBURN is the author of several books of nonfiction, including Old Man Goya, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and With Billie, which won the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award; and of the novels The Book of Color and The Leper’s Companions, both of which were short-listed for the Orange Prize. She lives in England.

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The Book of Color
Written by Julia Blackburn
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 1996
$15.00/22.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-75837-2 (0-679-75837-2)

In the late 19th century, an English missionary arrives on a remote island in the Indian Ocean, intent on wiping our fornication among the natives. Instead he incurs a curse that strikes first his dark-skinned wife, then his son and grandson. But is the curse supernatural--or a white man's guilty fascination... Read more

Daisy Bates in the Desert
Written by Julia Blackburn
Vintage | Trade Paperback | August 1995
$15.00/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-74446-7 (0-679-74446-0)

In 1913, at the age of 54, Daisy Bates went to live in the deserts of South Australia. Brilliantly reviewed, astonishingly original, this "eloquent and illuminating portrait of an extraordinary woman" (New York Times Book Review) tells a fascinating, true story in the tradition of Isak Dinesen and Barry Lopez. Read more

The Emperor's Last Island
Written by Julia Blackburn
Vintage | Trade Paperback | March 1993
$16.00/18.00(Canada) | 978-0-679-73937-1 (0-679-73937-8)

In 1814 Napoleon Bonaparte arrived on St. Helena for a surreal exile that would last until his death six years later. “A resonant meditation on exile, fame, the stories we tell about ourselves (and) the bigger stories we tell about our great figures.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review Read more

The Leper's Companions
Written by Julia Blackburn
Vintage | Trade Paperback | September 2000
$16.95/18.95(Canada) | 978-0-679-75838-9 (0-679-75838-0)

In this fascinatingly imaginative novel, Julia Blackburn has decimated all the rules, creating a magical tale that is part fable, part allegory, part present, part past, and wholly genuine and poetic.

The unnamed protagonist has recently lost someone she loved, and her solution is to abandon the present, and the overwhelming... Read more

Old Man Goya
Written by Julia Blackburn
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2003
$15.00/20.00(Canada) | 978-0-375-70579-3 (0-375-70579-1)

In 1792, when he was forty-seven, the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya contracted an illness that left him stone deaf. Yet he continued to interact with the world and to create, spending the next thirty-five years in a world emptied of sound but bursting with images of pageantry, cruelty, and pathos.

In... Read more

The Three of Us
Written by Julia Blackburn
Vintage | Trade Paperback | July 2009
$16.00/19.00(Canada) | 978-0-307-27893-7 (0-307-27893-X)

This is the story of three people: acclaimed writer Julia Blackburn; her father, Thomas - a poet and alcoholic with an addiction to barbiturates; and her mother, Rosalie - a flirtatious painter with no boundaries.After Julia's parents divorced, her mother took in male lodgers with the hope they would become her... Read more

Time Song
Written by Julia Blackburn, Illustrated by Enrique Brinkmann
Pantheon | Hardcover | August 6, 2019
$27.95/0.00(Canada) | 978-1-101-87167-6 (1-101-87167-9)

Julia Blackburn has always collected things that hold stories about the past, especially the very distant past: mammoth bones, little shells that happen to be two million years old, a flint shaped as a weapon long ago. Shortly after her husband’s death, Blackburn became fascinated with Doggerland, the stretch of land... Read more

With Billie
Written by Julia Blackburn
Vintage | Trade Paperback | April 2006
$16.95/22.95(Canada) | 978-0-375-70580-9 (0-375-70580-5)

Few jazz singers have become icons like Billie Holiday. In With Billie, we hear the voices of those people who knew Billie best: piano players and dancers, pimps and junkies, lovers and narcs, producers and critics, each recalling intimate stories of the Billie they knew. What emerges is a portrait of... Read more