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I知 Judith, most people call me Jude: either is cool, though the latter tends to induce a few bars of a certain Beatles number... I知 21, and after three amazing years at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, have graduated with a degree in English. Reading and writing have always been my passion, and I知 privileged to do what I love and believe in. I got my first publishing deal when I was seventeen, and I guess my plan is just to write more books that mean something to people, that can help in the way books have helped me.

After some... turbulent years (I guess you know 'Monkey Taming' is based on my own experience!) I think I知 beginning to find myself, between my work and certain amazing friends who have stood by me through... some messy stuff. One of my dearest friends is a fantastic artist: please visit for all your artistic needs!!

I知 into science fiction, cult movies, bands like the Chilli Peppers, Feeder and Funeral for a Friend. Pet-hates are (obviously) the thin-cult, hypocrisy, racism, sexism and homophobia. The greatest gift my parents gave me was not to fear difference. I also hate it when people who are famous for no apparent reason release abysmal pop songs (!?!).

Not to blather on too much, I値l leave you with a quick list of some of my favourite books. No particular order.

A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
Lord of the Rings J R R Tolkein
1984 George Orwell
Great Expectations Charles Dickens
I, Claudius Robert Graves
Lord of the Flies William Golding
His Dark Materials (trilogy) Phillip Pullman
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck
King Lear and Hamlet William Shakespeare
Vernon God Little DBC Pierre