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John Lucas




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Part-time lecturer Julia Gibbs is fifty. Her life revolves around husband, Martin, an internationally renowned academic, and their beloved daughter, Polly. Julia and Martin live an orderly and contented life, holidaying on the same Greek island every summer with the same small group of old college friends.

A chance discovery by Julia threatens her peace and happiness and turns her world upside down.

Julia is an intimate and candid portrayal of the complexities of marriage, ageing and love.


About the author:

John Lucas is a poet, critic, biographer, travel writer and novelist. Among his recent books are The Awkward Squad: Rebels in English Cricket (shortlisted for the 2015 Cricket Writers’ Book of the Year) and George Crabbe: A Critical Study and a volume of poetry, Portable Property. He is the author of three other novels: Summer Nineteen Forty-Five, Waterdrops and The Plotting (all published by Greenwich Exchange). He is Professor Emeritus at the Universities of Loughborough and Nottingham Trent.


204  pages

ISBN: 978-1-910996-27-0

Greenwich Exchange Category: Novels

Series: None



Other books by John Lucas published by Greenwich Exchange:

Portable Property

George Crabbe: A Critical Study

Robert Browning

Shakespeare's Second Tetralogy: Richard II - Henry V

Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale

The Plotting

Summer Nineteen Forty-Five

The Good That We Do

Second World War Poetry in English





Review of The Plotting

‘[Lucas] knows how to fill in those little details – a tune title, lines from a poem, the way musicians relate on and off the stand, a literary reference, a specific location – that give a story credibility. I had a great deal of pleasure reading The Plotting.'

Jim Burns, The Northern Review of Books


Review of Summer Nineteen Forty-five

‘John Lucas’ moving, enthralling Summer Nineteen Forty-Five … ’

Times Literary Supplement, 'Books of the Year'


Review of Waterdrops

‘John Lucas’s [Waterdrops] is a mysterylike series of Russian dolls, an enthralling narrative … Lucas’s is a beautiful, profoundly charitable art.’

Paul Binding, Independent