The Crime Writers’ Association

Oracle with Julie Anderson

Come along to this author talk about a new thriller set in ancient Delphi which explores issues relevant today.

About this Event

Oracle by our guest, author Julie Anderson, is about justice – from the brutal, archaic form of blood vengeance prevalent in early human societies to modern systems of law and jurisprudence, set in the context of a democracy.

This is the law and equality under the law which allows democracy to thrive and underpins the freedoms and safeguards for individuals within it.

The story is interlinked with Greece’s past, as the ancient cradle of democracy and source of many of western ideas of government, but also to its more recent and violent past of military strongmen and authoritarianism in the twentieth century.

Oracle’s setting at Delphi, where the famous three maxims are found, is an important element of the story, which references Aeschylus’ Orestia, in particular his Eumenides, which begins at Delphi and ends, as Oracle does, at a ‘trial’ in Athens.

Know thyself

Nothing in excess

An oath leads to mischief


About the speaker:

Julie Anderson is a writer and author who had a long career as a senior Whitehall civil servant, working for a variety of government departments and agencies, including the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Her novel, Plague (Claret Press, September 2020), is the first in a thriller series featuring a female investigator. The second, Oracle, is scheduled for publication in March 2021 and the third, Opera, in 2022.Julie has also written a two book series set in southern Spain during the 13th century. The first of these, Reconquista, was long listed for Mslexia Children’s Novel, 2016. The second, The Silver Rings, was published in 2018. She has also written a collection of linked short stories – The Village; A Year in Twelve Tales.

Julie is Chair of Trustees of Clapham Writers the charitable organisation responsible for the annual Clapham Book Festival. She lives in London.


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