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Blackburn, Julia

Works: 51 works in 242 publications in 13 languages and 7,281 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction  Domestic fiction  Records and correspondence  Comic books, strips, etc  Graphic novels 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Actor
Classifications: PR6052.L3413, B
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With Billie by Julia Blackburn( Book )

40 editions published between 2005 and 2015 in 10 languages and held by 1,295 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A portrait of singer Billie Holiday as seen through the eyes of friends, lovers, fellow musicians, critics, producers, pimps and junkies, narcotics agents, and others, from her Baltimore childhood to her rise to fame and her tragic death
Daisy Bates in the desert by Julia Blackburn( Book )

42 editions published between 1992 and 2012 in 9 languages and held by 1,158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1913, when she was 54 years old, Daisy Bates went to live in the deserts of South Australia. And there she stayed, with occasional interruptions, for almost 30 years. She left a detailed record of her life in her letters, her published articles, her book The Passing of the Aborigines, and in notes scribbled on paper bags, old railway timetables, and even scraps of newspaper. But very little of what this strange woman tells about herself is true. For her there were no boundaries separating experience from imagination; she inhabited a world filled with events that could not have taken place, with people she had never met. In Daisy Bates in the Desert Julia Blackburn explores the ancient and desolate landscape where Mrs. Bates says she was most happy. There are meetings with the aborigines and whites who knew her or about her, and slowly the facts of her life are allowed to emerge. But what makes this book so extraordinary is the way that, almost imperceptibly, the author fuses her own imagination and experience with that of Daisy Bates, until she seems to be recalling this other life as if it were her own, until she is able to bring us the feeling of sitting in a tent near a railway line, staring out across a red desert, where the boundary between experience and imagination disappears. This magical, absorbing new book by the acclaimed author of The Emperor's Last Island confirms Julia Blackburn as one of Britain's most original and talented writers. - Jacket flap
Old man Goya by Julia Blackburn( Book )

31 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in 5 languages and held by 980 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1792, when he was forty-seven, the Spanish painter Francisco de Goya contracted a serious illness which left him stone deaf. In this extraordinary book Julia Blackburn follows Goya through the remaining thirty-five years of his life. It was a time of political turmoil, of war, violence and confusion, and Goya transformed what he saw happening in the world around him into his visionary paintings, drawings and etchings. These were also years of tenderness for Goya, of intimate relationships with the Duchess of Alba and with Leocadia, his mistress, who was with him to the end." "Julia Blackburn writes of the elderly painter with the intimacy of an old friend, seeing through his eyes and sharing the silence in his head. Goya never stopped working, producing paintings 'between two cigarettes', and Blackburn captures his ferocious energy, his passion and his genius."--BOOK JACKET
The white men : the first response of aboriginal peoples to the white man by Julia Blackburn( Book )

12 editions published in 1979 in English and Undetermined and held by 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The book of color : a novel by Julia Blackburn( Book )

7 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 379 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Christian missionary arrives on an Indian Ocean island to convert the natives and the local witch doctor replies with a curse. The novel traces the effect of the curse. The missionary marries a native woman and his descendants, who return to England, are cursed with a colored skin in a white man's world
Charles Waterton : 1782-1865 : traveller and conservationist by Julia Blackburn( Book )

17 editions published between 1989 and 1997 in English and Dutch and held by 184 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van eenn excentrieke, adellijke Engelsman met veel liefde voor de natuur
Threads : the delicate life of John Craske by Julia Blackburn( Book )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2017 in English and Dutch and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Craske, a Norfolk fisherman, was born in 1881 and in 1917, when he had just turned 36, he fell seriously ill. For the rest of his life he kept moving in and out of what was described as 'a stuporous state'. In 1923 he started making paintings of the sea and boats and the coastline seen from the sea, and later, when he was too ill to stand and paint, he turned to embroidery, which he could do lying in bed. His embroideries were also the sea, including his masterpiece, a huge embroidery of The Evacuation of Dunkirk. Very few facts about Craske are known, and only a few scattered photographs have survived, together with accounts by the writer Sylvia Townsend Warner and her lover Valentine Ackland, who discovered Craske in 1937. So Julia Blackburn's account of his life is far from a conventional biography
Goya : a life in letters by Francisco Goya( Book )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From an early age Goya was anxious to preserve a record of his life, but few of his writings have survived and his most personal records appear in his letters. He corresponded regularly with the aristocracy and the monarchy, as well as with friends. Goya's surviving letters reveal a highly emotional man, prepared to state his feelings as passionately to the authorities of a cathedral as to a close friend. His letters make few concessions and are literary works in their own right. Uniquely individual, they signal a new attitude on the part of a fine artist towards his profession, his social position and his sources of inspiration. These writings look forward to the great artistic testaments of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Delacroix's diary, the letters of Van Gogh and Dali's Diary of a Genius." "From this new collection, in which many letters have been translated into English for the first time, Goya emerges as witty, passionate and unexpectedly vulnerable."--BOOK JACKET
Selected poems by Thomas Blackburn( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The three of us : a family story by Julia Blackburn( Book )

4 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in Dutch and English and held by 90 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

De Engelse schrijfster Julia Blackburn schetst het leven en het huwelijk van haar vader, de dichter Thomas Blackburn en haar moeder, de schilderes Rosalie de Meric
The emperor's last island : a journey to St. Helena by Julia Blackburn( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 2012 in English and held by 68 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An account of Napoleon's six years on the island of St. Helena describes the island's strange history and recounts the stories, myths, and absurdities
Thin paths : journeys in and around an Italian mountain village by Julia Blackburn( Book )

1 edition published in 2011 in Dutch and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beschrijving van wandelingen in de omgeving van een bergdorp in Ligurië en van contacten met de dorpsbewoners
My animals & other family by Julia Blackburn( Book )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 47 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A family story by Julia Blackburn( Book )

2 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Julia Blackburn's father Thomas was a poet and an alcoholic. Her mother Rosalie was a painter who treated Julia as her sister, her confidante, and eventually as her deadly sexual rival. Later Rosalie was diagnosed with leukaemia and came to live with Julia for the last month of her life. This story is a tale of redemption, a love story
Hubert by Ben Gijsemans( Book )

3 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Hubert is an autistic man who shapes his life by going to museums (in Brussels, London and Paris). The world outside is a puzzle to him. He talks to few people and only about museums and art. When his neighbour downstairs, a lonely woman, invites him again and again to come for a drink, he only goes because she has a painting that interests him. When she tries to seduce him, he doesn't understand. He takes photos of the pictures he likes -- usually of beautiful women -- and paints copies of the paintings at home. There is only one real woman who fascinates him; she lives in the opposite building and he can see her balcony from his window
Het laatste eiland van de keizer : een reis naar Sint Helena by Julia Blackburn( Book )

3 editions published between 1992 and 1997 in Italian and Dutch and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Verslag van het verblijf van Keizer Napoleon I van Frankrijk op Sint Helena (1815-'21) en een beschrijving van de geschiedenis van het eiland
For a child by Thomas Blackburn( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

ZerO man Jan J. Schoonhoven : Dutch artist & civil servant (1914-1994) by Sandra van Beek( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The leper's companions by Julia Blackburn( )

1 edition published in 2000 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this fascinatingly imaginative novel, Julia Blackburn has decimated all the rules, creating a magical tale that is part fable, part allegory, part present, part past, and wholly genuine and poetic. The unnamed protagonist has recently lost someone she loved, and her solution is to abandon the present, and the overwhelming pain. The seamless narrative lands her in a medieval seaside village where mermaids wash ashore, devils haunt in packs, a child is born with the head of a fish, and where one day, quite out of nowhere, there emerges a sage and wandering leper. The leper leads a small group of the villagers, including the protagonist, on a journey to Jerusalem, a harrowing pilgrimage that compels all the travelers to confront their deepest selves. Exquisite and lyrical, The Lepers Companions is a heart-rending tale by one of our most fiercely original storytellers
The book of colour by Julia Blackburn( )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the late 19th century, an English missionary arrives on a remote island in the Indian Ocean, intent on wiping our fornication among the natives. Instead he incurs a curse that strikes first his dark-skinned wife, then his son and grandson. But is the curse supernatural--or a white man's guilty fascination with an alien new world?
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Audience level: 0.41 (from 0.28 for With Billi ... to 0.94 for Het laatst ...)

With Billie
Alternative Names
Julia Blackburn britische Schriftstellerin

Julia Blackburn British writer

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Daisy Bates in the desertOld man GoyaThe book of color : a novelCharles Waterton : 1782-1865 : traveller and conservationistGoya : a life in lettersSelected poemsThe three of us : a family storyThe emperor's last island : a journey to St. Helena