Julia Osborne was born in Sydney, but for many years lived in rural New South Wales, returning to the city in 1990. Those years in the bush provided inspiration for numerous short stories published in national magazines, literary journals and anthologies.
ABC Radio National has broadcast several of her stories and one-act plays which she adapted from her fiction for radio and stage performance.
The Australia Council for the Arts awarded Julia a writer’s grant in 1991 and she self-published her novel Falling Glass in 2002, reviewed by Debra Adelaide in Spectrum, SMH, 1/2003.
‘. . . distant hooves beat time with the name. Nick Nick Nicholas Nick, they cantered. A melody began that danced along on the magical words ...’
It’s 1960 in an Australian country town – a time well before smartphones and social media. Fourteen-year-old Sandra is on a journey of discovery. She’s secretly in love with Nick Morgan, but he’s already left school and hardly knows she exists.
Everything changes when she finally gets to know Nick at a polocrosse tournament. Even her best friend and Sandra’s beautiful piano become less important. But she is swept out of her depth by events which test the value of her friendships and challenge her in ways she never could have imagined.
‘A truly absorbing tale for teenagers.’
Barbara Ker Wilson AM, University of Queensland Press (Ret.)
‘… There are so many beautiful passages, lovingly felt moments and deft touches that will strike the reader back to the purity of their own childhood, first love and love of the land that make for inescapable reading. I can thoroughly recommend it.’
Tom Thompson, ABC Radio 702
‘A delightful coming of age story about first love, teenage dreams and the courage to face reality ... all told through a filter of beautiful music ...’
Full inside cover review by Tom Thompson, ABC Radio 702
‘This is a highly realised evocation of Australian country life in the innocent early 1960s, where even the title emanates the true emotional register of a young woman’s coming-of-age in the manner of My Brilliant Career. ‘There are so many beautiful passages, lovingly felt moments and deft touches that will strike the reader back to the purity of their own