Julia Johnson

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As a child Julia Johnson loved dressing up and making up stories! Her life has revolved around storytelling ever since.

With a background in performing and teaching, she has read stories on radio and TV, for audiobooks and theatre.

A thirst for adventure brought her to Dubai more than 40 years ago and much of her writing inspiration comes from the UAE and Oman.

A desire to share her discoveries about the region led to her first story, The Pearl Diver, now read and enjoyed in primary schools throughout the Gulf.

Many more books have followed, including the award-winning The Turtle Secret.

Her latest books are The Secret of the Cave and Lizard and Toad.