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Julie Cohen

Julie Cohen Julie Cohen grew up in the western mountains of Maine. She studied English Literature at Brown University and Cambridge University. At the University of Reading she gained an MPhil by research into fairies in nineteenth century children’s literature. Her award-winning novels have been translated into seventeen languages and have sold over a million copies. She has twice been selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club (with DEAR THING in 2014 and TOGETHER in 2018).

Julie is a popular speaker and teacher of creative writing, including classes for The Guardian, Literature Wales, and the Victoria and Albert Museum. She runs an oversubscribed literary consultancy with many of her clients going on to publication. Julie is Vice President of the Romantic Novelists’ Association, and Patron of Berkshire literacy charity ABC To Read.
For more information visit www.julie-cohen.com and she is on Twitter as @julie_cohen.

Latest book: LOUIS and LOUISE


Julie Cohen - Where Love Lies One life. Lived twice.

Louis and Louise are the same person born in two different lives. They are separated only by the sex announced by the doctor and a final 'e'.

They have the same best friends, the same red hair, the same dream of being a writer, the same excellent whistle. They both suffer one catastrophic night, with life-changing consequences.

Thirteen years later, they are both coming home.

A tender, insightful and timely novel about the things that bring us together - and those which separate us.

TOGETHER


Winner, Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year

This is not a great love story. This is a story about great love.

On a morning that seems just like any other, Robbie wakes in his bed, his wife Emily asleep beside him. He rises and dresses, makes his coffee, feeds his dogs, just as he usually does. But then he leaves Emily a letter on her bedside table and does something that will break her heart. As the years go back all the way to 1962, Robbie's actions become clearer as we discover the story of a couple with a terrible secret - one they will do absolutely anything to protect.

FALLING (published in the USA as AFTER THE FALL)WHERE LOVE LIES


Shortlisted, Contemporary Romantic Novel of the Year

When Felicity steps off the train on the way to meet her husband, she is so sure of everything. Where she is heading, what she will eat at the restaurant, the first words her husband will say when she arrives, their life together.

Can you imagine keeping a secret so devastating, you couldn’t even tell the people you love?

Honor’s secret threatens to rob her of the independence she’s guarded ferociously for eighty years.

Jo’s secret could smash apart the ‘normal’ family life she’s fought so hard to build.

Lydia’s could bring her love - or the loss of everything that matters to her.

Grandmother, mother and daughter – three women whose lives are falling apart. But one summer’s day, a single dramatic moment will force their secrets into the open.

WHERE LOVE LIES


Bantam Press, July 2014 (hardback), Black Swan,February 2015 (mass-market paperback)

St Martin’s Griffin, USA, summer 2016

Winner Best Romantic Read 2015 and shortlisted for the Romantic Novelists’ Association Awards 2015

When Felicity steps off the train on the way to meet her husband, she is so sure of everything. Where she is heading, what she will eat at the restaurant, the first words her husband will say when she arrives, their life together.

Then she catches a scent of perfume in the air. Forgotten emotions rush to the surface, memories of another man she loved years ago.

As it happens again and again, Felicity begins to make decisions that no one can understand. What is happening to her? Is she losing a part of herself, or finding one?

How can she truly know where love lies?

DEAR THING


Bantam Press, April 2013 (hardback), Black Swan, May 2014 (paperback) St Martin's Griffin USA 29 March 2016

A Richard and Judy Summer 2014 Book Club Selection

After years of watching her best friends Ben and Claire try for a baby, Romily offered to give them the one thing they most wanted.

But Romily wasn't prepared for the overwhelming feelings that have taken hold of her and which threaten to ruin her friendship with Ben and Claire – and even destroy their marriage.

Now there are three friends, two mothers and only one baby, and an impossible decision to make...