Julia Rochester has worked for the BBC World Service on programmes in Portuguese for Africa and for Amnesty International as Researcher on Brazil. She has also been the managing editor of her own small publishing company, Corvo Books. A graduate in Modern Languages, she is fluent in German and Portuguese and has lived and worked in Germany and Brazil. She is the author of The Candelària Massacre (Vision 2008), a biography of Wagner dos Santos, Brazil’s first federally protected witness.

Her debut novel The House at the Edge of the World (Viking) was shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize and longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

She lives in London with her husband and daughter.

A story that carries you along – clever plotting and a startling outcome. An impressive first novel.

Penelope Lively
on The House at the Edge of the World

Enchanting and disturbing by turns, intriguing right to the end, this is a terrific debut — and like that unhappy image of father, turning in his spangled arc, it stays in the mind.

Phil Baker
Sunday Times on The House at the Edge of the World