Local Authors

Jill Barklem

Jill Barklem is a local author/artist who has always supported the bookshop, so we are delighted to see a new edition of her classic books, with her original illustrations.

She was born in Epping, with the family owning a department store on the High Street. She studied illustration at St Martin's School of Art in London and the first four of the Brambly Hedge stories was published in 1980. She has always drawn great inspiration from Epping Forest; her illustrations are incredibly detailed and one large drawing can take up to three months.

Her hugely successful stories have been translated into thirteen languages.


Linda Newbery

Linda Newbery lived in Epping with her parents and younger brother from the age of eight, and was educated at Epping Junior School and at Loughton County High School for Girls. Now the author of many books for children and teenagers, she won the 2006 Costa Children's Book of the Year prize for her young adult novel SET IN STONE, has twice been shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

Linda was Highly Commended in the Essex Book Awards for THE SHELL HOUSE. This novel depicts a fictionalised version of Copped Hall, the eighteenth-century mansion near Epping which was gutted by fire in 1917.

Follow the delightful kitten, Posy, in Linda's story for younger children, as she bounces and pounces through her adventure-filled day. This beautifully illustrated picture book by an award-winning author and illustrator team is bound to be adored by cat lovers of all ages, everywhere!

She has also published a best selling series called CAT TALES, suitable for confident younger readers.

Linda is happy to autograph books for our customers. Contact us for more details.



Victoria Robertson

Victoria has lived in Epping for 17 years and is an active community member and often hosts charitable events for St Margaret's Hospital League of Friends and Coopersale Institute.

She provides the residents at Treetops Care Home, Epping, with a full range of activities each week and also organises local events.   

Her first book is 'Swimming through the Reeds' This brilliant self-help book is designed to assist each one of us to conquer our own particular problems, and Smile...' Just one smile can make a difference' as Victoria explains. Throughout this book, a feeling of peace, hope and an uplifting momentum grows with each page and imbues the reader until its genuine calming and morale-lifting impetus is thoroughly absorbed and the healing commences.

Julia Golding

Julia grew up in Theydon bois and went to Davenant Foundation School then read Engish at Cambridge. She has worked as a diplomat and as a lobbyist for Oxfam, and is now writing full time. She has a doctorate in the literature of the English Romantic Period.

Her first novel 'The Diamond of Dury Lane' won Ottakar's Children's Book Prize and was shorlisted for two other prestigious awards. It is the first of the 'Cat Royal' series of novels.

'Secret of the Sirens' is the first of another very popular series; 'The Companions Quartet'

She has recently returned to her roots,speaking at the Loughton Litererary Festival.

Julia now has eight books in print - and more on the way. Email us for details.


Paul Doherty

Paul has been Headmaster of Trinity High School in Woodford Green since 1981 - and somehow finds time to be a very succesful and prolific author! He writes both fiction and non-fiction books.

He has written a bestselling series of mysteries set in Ancient Egypt, featuring Amerotke, Chief Judge in the Hall of Two Truths.

The new Amerotke novel, The Spies of Sobeck will take you on a compelling journey into the glory, splendour and corruption of AncientEgypt. 1477 BC and once again treacherous forces are on the rise inEgypt. Fresh from her victories in the north, Pharaoh Queen Hatusu has returned toThebes to find sinister threats emerging from neighbouring provinceNubia. The Arites, a secret murderous sect, are waging bloody war against the Pharaoh. Imperial messengers and members of the Medjay,Egypt's elite army, are disappearing around the Oasis of Sinjar and now Imothep, formerly chief scout for the Spies of Sobeck, has been found strangled in a fortified room at his mansion. The Arites are on the hunt. Will Amerotke, Chief Judge of the Hall of Two Truths, be able to confront this boiling mist of murder and treason, and save Hatusu, beforeEgypt is overrun by its menacing and dangerous underworld?


Contact us to order any of Paul Doherty's work



Jack Trelawny

The Kernowland adventure series for children was launched in September 2005, when young Tizzie and Louis entered Echo Cave on a Cornish beach and were transported to Kernowland through  The Crystal Pool.  The second book, Darkness Day , was published in September 2006, and saw Tizzie and Louis discovering more about Erthwurld, the terrible place in which they had found themselves.

'Kernow' is the old Cornish language name for Cornwall. Jack Trelawny has Cornish roots going back centuries. His parents moved to the Epping Forest area from Cornwall and he was born in Epping. Jack is now in great demand at schools around the country, where he presents a one-hour talk and Powerpoint slideshow (he calls it 'edutainment'), which has the children literally screaming with laughter and shouting for more.

The Kernowland titles have very quickly become class reading books in hundreds of schools.

The latest in the series is no. 4 Pigleg's Revenge

Contact us to arrange a Jack Trelawny talk at your school.