Julie Summers

Julie Summers is a bestselling writer, researcher and historian. Her books include :Fearless on Everest: The Quest for Sandy Irvine; a biography of her grandfather, the man who built the 'real' bridge over the River Kwai, The Colonel of Tamarkan, Stranger in the House and When the Children Came Home,a social history of servicemen returning to their families from the Second World War. She lives in Oxford.

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Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Work hard, live well, love life

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. sushi

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Pierre Bezuhov

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Determination

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Have you seen where I put my …?

Author Voices

March 11, 2013

Now that Jambusters has been published, people are beginning to comment on the name, I just want to put the record straight and explain its origin. The title came from my younger brother, Tim.

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February 20, 2013

Those who know me are aware of my passion for archives. I am never happier than when up to my elbows in old papers and photographs. Much of the research for my books is done in archives. I have a wonderful very part-time research assistant who helps out on hard facts, such as the price of onions in 1940 or the amount of potash shipped to Britain from Canada in 1944, but I do the hands on work myself. Often I don’t know quite what I’m looking for but I certainly know when I have found it. For example, when I was reading the correspondence of Mrs Denys Blewitt in the Department of Documents in the Imperial War Museum, I found a letter from her... see more

February 20, 2013

If someone in a bar tells you a story about their past, do you believe it wholly or do you think it might have been embellished a little to make it a cracking good yarn? It probably depends on who is telling you the story and how far-fetched it seems to you, given your experience. Normally, it does not matter. You can take it or leave it. However, when you come to interview someone about their past, particularly their childhood, for an article or a book, can you be sure you are hearing the whole truth? The short answer is, you cannot. Yet oral history is a discipline and, when well used, can add fascinating detail and vivid colour to a story. So how, as... see more


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