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Julia Jones's debut to novels came as a child. Her parents bought writer Arthur Ransome's yacht Peter Duck when she was not quite three years old. Julia soon found that her berth on board Peter Duck was the snuggest place on earth for studying - and dreaming and writing as well. It was only several years after when she and her spouse, Francis Wheen, had purchased Peter Duck for her that she discovered her distinctive reading place had originally been made for Ransome to store his typewriter.

Julia conducted a bookshop in the Essex village of Ingatestone if her kids were so young and began publishing nearby names at a larger-than-usual printing to satisfy her elderly customers. She worked closely with Age Concern Essex to compile anthologies of material from their yearly composition competitions. Out of this action came when I was a Kid, Yesterday's Heroes, The Last All-Clear and At The Days She called her publishing firm Sarsen Publishing with reference to this sarsen stone in Ingatestone High Street.

Sarsen's biggest seller was detective novelist Margery Allingham's wartime testimony The Oaken Heart. Julia soon became intimate friends with Margery's sister Joyce and proceeded to compose Margery Allingham's biography, first released in 1991 by Heinemann and re-published in 2009 as The Adventures of Margery Allingham. She's also edited Philip Allingham's autobiography Cheapjack (2010) and a new, illustrated edition of the Oaken Heart (2011) which includes extensive neighborhood material.

2011 also saw the publication of The Salt-Stained Book and A Ravelled Flag, the first two volumes of the Strong Winds trilogy - described as 21st century Swallows and Amazons. The final quantity, Ghosting Home, premiered in the summer of 2012 and has been followed by 2012 Years in the Fiction Factory - Julia's non-fiction accounts of the operating lifetime of Herbert Allingham, Margery Allingham's fath

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