Set in 1790's Covent Garden this book whisks you back to a bygone era. The narrator's colourful slang and confident I-will-tell-you-how-it-really-is, makes the story sparkle off the page. It is the tale of Cat Royal, an orphan who lives at the back of the real-life theatre in Drury Lane. It contains a wonderful colourful cast of characters - awkward actors, on stage, and off, barrow boys in the grimy marketplace, street gangs fighting for territory...and it's packed with local colour and authentic detail. And of course there is the diamond mystery. What more could you want?
Julia Golding has a doctorate in English Literature from Oxford University. As a girl she was first inspired to write when she saw the shelves stacked with books at London Public Library. Julia now lives in Oxford with her husband, three children and two goldfish. Every evening her husband and children clamour to hear the next installment of Cat's story and this is what has kept her writing so busily and spurs her on!