Welcome to the online home of Josa Young’s debut novel One Apple Tasted (E&T Books).
15 April 2011 The Bravest Thing is a generation-spanning tale of motherhood in many permutations over the last 80 years.
17 February 2011 The new novel is something like finished.
18 February 2010: I am appearing at The Fire Station Book Swap with the thrilling Patrick Woodrow, as Scott Pack announces in his hilarious and informative publishing blog Me and My Big Mouth. Come along and meet us, bring cake and/or a slanket to get in free and generally enjoy this refreshing take on the book event.
26 January 2010: I am delighted to announce that I have accepted representation from literary agent Lizzy Kremer at David Higham. They have relaunched their website with novel horizontal navigation. Their stable includes so many of my favourite writers, living and dead, including Richard Hughes and Jane Grigson.
More blogging goodness, this time, oddly enough from It's a Crime! by the wonderful Rhian Davis, who compares me to Mary Wesley, another early inspiration. Quite glad I didn't have to wait til I was 70 for publications though.
Tweets that make me happy:
Just finished @ 's One Apple Tasted. Entertaining, engaging, sexy, quirky. A heroine you don't know whether to throttle or shag.
RT @: Authors confirmed for our February 18 Book Swap are acclaimed debut novelist @and thriller writer @.@ If you do not @ then actually you are a bit mad - she is sharp as a knife, bright as a button and very lovely. JUST DO IT NOW
@PublicityBooks Happy New Year all! Read several books over the holiday and one of the most enchanting was @JosaYoung's One Apple Tasted. Wonderful escapism.
Follow my tweets on Twitter @JosaYoung for updates on everything from the new novel, to recipes and goings on in my life.
Find me blogging on the Huffington Post.
The Blog Tour II - More from Me in Other People's Blogs
Latest blog tour smack down:
- Jane Smith of How Publishing Really Works allowed me to make a nest in her blog.
- The famous One Apple Tasted fishpie recipe features in the lively Hangups & Handbags
- A brief memoir of my debutante daysin Jessica Fellowes' amusing blog Posh Girl in the City.
- Fellow novelist Caroline Smailes, whose beautifully designed site I have long admired: I answered her questions happily, including a funny one about Simon Cowell (no, I don't is the answer). Then comes Helen Beal, who asked some extremely probing questions, which included a question that got me to dig very deep into what really matters to me, and one about shoes.
- And the magnificent ChickLitBlog's Leah wrote a long and interesting review about how much the characters lived for her, which I found really touching.
In the run up to publication, I was invited into other people's blogs to answer a few questions: Strictly Writing, Specimen Days, Book Army and more.
You can follow Josa Young on Twitter, or join the One Apple Tasted Facebook group, from which you will be updated about events and happenings around the novel, including signings.
For Dora Jerusalem, fresh out of Cambridge with a head full of Victorian novels and romantic dreams, landing a job at Modern Woman magazine seems like amazing luck. But her sheltered background hadn't prepared her to resist the charms of rich, spoilt kids with nasty habits and nothing to lose. Inevitably she falls in love with art dealer Guy Boleyn, but it isn't the right time, place or circumstances for either of them. And all the while a long-buried secret lies in wait to booby-trap any attempt at happiness. Kicking off in 1980s London, One Apple Tasted traces one girl's attempts to be married in the modern world.
*Listen to Josa Young reading from the Prologue by clicking Play on the video top right.