As a journalist, Julia Grigg has written on fashion, food, travel and the arts, subjects in which she retains an abiding interest. Recruited as a writer by UNICEF, she worked for many years as an advocate for children's issues in some of the world's most demanding and complex countries. The Eyes that Look was begun while studying for the Bath Spa University Masters course in Creative Writing. The research, in Italian archives, galleries and churches, allowed her to indulge a lifelong passion for the Renaissance. Julia is working on her second novel, also set in mid-1500s Venice and Florence, and involving some of the same cast of characters as The Eyes that Look. Dogs are another passion; she and her husband share their home with a pair of black and tan dachshunds. www.juliagrigg.com
Julia Grigg's The Eyes that Look is an important and knowledgeable book about art history which also happens to be a beautifully-written novel' Fay Weldon.'Julia Grigg has taken the facts of the past and created an absorbing and richly imagined portrait of a world, and a mystery, at the heart of one of history's most spectacular and important eras.' Emma Darwin.'An enticing novel, appealing in its sense of place and the historical world it explores.' Christopher Wakling.'This is a novel of many wonders. Julia Grigg makes us live, breathe, smell, taste and walk the streets of Renaissance Venice, Verona and Florence, seeing paintings by Titian as if the paint were still fresh and taking every step with the young artist who is to find his own place in history. She brings together the fruits of deep and sincere scholarship with an instinctive feeling for her characters, offsetting rich historical detail with a robust and irresistible humanity.' Celia Brayfield.'Gorgeous, lustrous writing - a story alight with Grigg's love of art.' Maggie Gee.