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Julie Myerson (born 2 June 1960, Nottinghammarker) is an English author and critic. As well as writing both fiction and non-fiction books, she is also known for having written a long-running column in The Guardian entitled "Living with Teenagers" based on her own family experiences. She has also appeared regularly as a panelist on the arts programme Newsnight Review, while her 2009 book The Lost Child attracted much media attention after it emerged its story was based on her difficult relationship with her teenage son.

Education and journalism

She studied English at Bristol Universitymarker before working for the National Theatremarker.

She has written a column for The Independent about her domestic trials including her husband, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter and director Jonathan Myerson, and their children Jacob (known as Jake), Chloe and Raphael. More recently she has written a column for the Financial Times about homes and houses. Myerson is a regular reviewer on the UK arts programme, Newsnight Review, on BBC2.


Myerson's novels are usually quite dark in mood tending towards the supernatural.

Her first novel was Sleepwalking (1994), and it was to some degree autobiographical. It deals in part with the suicide of an uncaring and abusive father (Myerson's own father committed suicide). The main character Susan is heavily pregnant and begins an affair. She also feels she is haunted by her father's mother, reliving the neglect that made him abusive.

In The Touch (1996) a group of young people try to help a tramp who preaches fundamentalist Christianity, and who turns violently against them.

In Me and the Fat Man (1999) a waitress takes to earning extra money giving oral sex in a park, though not out of necessity; she gets involved with two other men, friends who have an awkward relationship and a secret between them that turns out to be related to her own birth.

Laura Blundy (2001) is set in the Victorian period, and Julie Myerson tries to bring out the freshness and modernity of the period as it would have appeared at the time.

Something Might Happen (2003) is about a murder in a Suffolk seaside town.

Family Controversies

Julie Myerson was the anonymous author of 'Living with Teenagers', a Guardian column and later book that detailed the lives of a family with three teenage children. The column was stopped after one of the children was identified and was ridiculed at school. After the Guardian confirmed the author of the series it removed the articles from its website to 'protect their privacy'.

She was at the centre of a media controversy in March 2009 when details of her book 'The Lost Child: a True Story' emerged; commentators criticised Myerson for what Minette Marrin in The Sunday Times, called her "betrayal not just of love and intimacy, but also of motherhood itself". Tim Lott called the book a "moral failure", adding "Julie has betrayed Jake for her own ambition".. However, some critics took a diametrically opposing view. The Guardian's Mark Lawson called the book noble, saying that "The elegance and thoughtfulness of this book - and its warning of a fate that may overtake many parents - should not be lost in the extra-literary frenzy.", while The Observer's Kate Kellaway called the book rash but courageous, writing that Myserson had tried to "write honestly about a nightmarish situation and a subject that never seems to get the attention it deserves." The book was published in the U.S. in August 2009.

Myerson stated she may also sell the film rights at some point in the future, "maybe in 20 years."

Her son described her as "slightly insane" the publication as "obscene" and declared his intention to change his name to "Jake Karna" , the last name being of Karna, a Hindu warrior rejected by his mother.


  • Sleepwalking (1994)
  • The Touch (1996)
  • Me and the Fat Man (1998)
  • Laura Blundy (2000)
  • Something Might Happen (2003)
  • The Story of You (2006)
  • Out of Breath (2007)


  • Home, The Story of Everyone Who Lived In Our House (2004)
  • Not A Games Person (2005)
  • Living with Teenagers – 3 kids, 2 parents, 1 Hell of a bumpy ride (2008)
  • The Lost Child (2009)



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