Julia Parry - 2022 Festival Debut Author


Julia Parry was brought up in West Africa and educated at St Andrews and Oxford. She teaches literature and has worked as a photographer for The Guardian and the TLS.

She also writes for a variety of organisations and publications, dividing her time between London and Madrid.


The Shadowy Third is her first book.

Julia Parry's website.

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In conversation with Julia Parry: Alderney LitFest 2022 Debut Author

A death in the family delivers Julia Parry a box of love letters. Dusty with age, they reveal an illicit affair between the celebrated Irish novelist Elizabeth Bowen and the academic Humphry House - Julia's grandfather.

So begins a lifechanging quest to understand this affair, which had profound repercussions for Julia's family, not least her grandmother, Madeline. Drawing on the trove of hitherto unpublished correspondence, Julia traces these three very different characters through some of the most dramatic decades of the twentieth century: from 1930s Oxford and the Anglo-Irish Big House, to Texas, to the last days of Empire in India and on into WWII, traveling to all the locations in the letters.


Alderney LitFest Chairman Anthony Riches is in conversation with Julia Parry about a lost world, and a story of family, love, and the enduring power of literature that her biography reveals.