Welcome to Julia’s website where you can find out more about the author and her books… 

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Out now: A Shape on the Air

A Shape on the Air, a historical time-slip romance (early medieval/dark ages), from Endeavour Press.

Unlocking a love that lasts for lifetimes – and beyond: when Viv, a medievalist and lecturer, slips into 499 AD and into the body of Lady Vivianne, little does she realise that both their lives across the centuries will become intertwined as they fight for their dreams … and their lives.

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“The atmosphere evoked was fabulous; I was right there with Viv, terrified, apprehensive – absolutely brilliant!”

“Julia’s passion for this fascinating historical period really shines through in the writing.”

“The heady sense of romantic longing that infuses both narratives is intoxicating.”

“A very appealing leading man in the devoted and dishy Rory/Sir Roland.”

“Julia writes with flair, drama and emotion … she captures emotional truth very well.”

“The pace is great, it just cracks along …”

The Drumbeats Trilogy

Drumbeats - Kindle versionDrumbeats, the first of the trilogy

The ebook version from Endeavour Press, with a different cover from the paperback edition, is here.

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It’s 1965 and feisty 18 year old Jess flees her strict religious background in England to find herself in Ghana, West Africa. She finds danger, civil war and unexpected romance, but why do the drumbeats disturb her dreams?

Enchantingly told’ – The Daily Mail


Drumbeats - Paperback‘Julia Ibbotson’s descriptions of Ghana instantly transport the reader there and one could often feel the searing heat of the country burning right off the pages off the book’ – Amazon Review

‘Nicely paced, enough romance , page turning – evocative of the 60’s for those of us that remember it! I look forward to the sequel, and then the romance can hopefully continue.’ – Amazon Review

The original paperback edition is also still available from Amazon.


The trilogy continues with Jess’s story in Walking in the Rain and Finding Jess.

Walking in the RainWalking in the Rain, the second in the Drumbeats trilogy, is available in ebook and paperback editions from Amazon (Endeavour Press).

Jess marries the guy of her dreams … but is he the man she thought he was? And is her world about to shatter around her?

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‘A really great read and I look forward to the next installment in the story.’ – Amazon Review

‘A book filled with many issues that are not readily addressed even in our modern society. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found I could not put it down.’ – Amazon Review

Finding Jess

The final book in Jess’s story, Finding Jess, will be published soon.


Julia has also published a children’s novel called S.C.A.R.S (find out later what that stands for!).

This book is about a time-shift journey of discovery of parallel or quilted universes. Worlds collide when Gavin, having a hard time at home and at school, slips through a tear in the universe to find another, fantasy medieval world.

Will the different worlds affect each other for good or for bad? Will Gavin ever beat the bullies or find his dad?

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‘This is a tale for boys, filled with battle, dressed in armor, riding horses and the smell of adventure in every breath… A tale so vivid and real that I could not put the book down once I started reading it.’ – Amazon Review

‘A wonderful book that I loved reading and can’t wait to tell all my friends about.’ – 11 year old’s Amazon Review

How did it all start?

Julia is the award-winning author of The Old Rectory: Escape to a Country Kitchen, first published to acclaim in the USA and now re-launched by her English publisher in the UK, Endeavour Press (summer 2017).Written “with her trademark wit and honesty”.

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It’s the story of her renovation of a Victorian rectory in the heart of the English countryside. She has combined memoir, history, research, story and recipes in this book, which has won a number of international book festivals in the biography category, gained 5 star reviews on Amazon, and has been widely featured in the media.

The book is a wonderful blend of personal story   (one so many of us can identify with), enchantingly told, with recipes that   just beg to be created in an urban or country kitchen. It all spreads   happiness. Lovely!” (Bel Mooney, author & journalist, Daily Mail)

“Combining many mouth-watering, traditional recipes with touching and heartfelt memoir, Ibbotson explores the central importance of the kitchen as the core of the family home and country life. Her story take us on a delightful journey, reflecting the significance of food in the countryside throughout history and the changing seasons.” (Endeavour Press) 



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