Julian Lees

Agent: Kate Hordern

THE BONE RITUAL, the first in a crime series set in contemporary Jakarta and introducing Inspektur Ruud Pujasumarta, sold to Little, Brown in a two-book deal for publication on the Constable list. The trade edition of THE BONE RITUAL was published on 6 October 2016, and has already reprinted, with the B format paperback coming in May 2017. The second novel in the series, THE BURNINGS, is scheduled for publication in October 2017 in trade. Publishing director Krystyna Green says: “We are delighted with this two-book acquisition as the exotic location and vast cast of local characters is original and colourful, and a far cry from the dark thrillers of Scandinavia or inner cities of the UK.”

Julian Lees is the author of the novels A WINTER BEAUTY (Random House Verlagsgruppe 2006 as SO FERN WIE DER HIMMEL) and THE FAN TAN PLAYERS (Random House Verlagsgruppe 2008 as DAS LIED DER STERNE, and Sandstone Press 2010). His third novel, THE HOUSE OF TREMBLING LEAVES, was published in February 2013 by Sandstone Press in the UK and by Blanvalet/Random House in Germany. Julian’s novels are all set in a world where East meets West, a cross-cultural world which he captures bewitchingly and dramatically in his fiction. Check out this great interview with Julian in the South China Morning Post in January 2014 http://www.scmp.com/magazines/post-magazine/article/1406104/my-life-julian-lees

Both THE FAN TAN PLAYERS and THE HOUSE OF TREMBLING LEAVES were selected for the Kindle Daily Deal promotion in June 2014, with THE HOUSE OF TREMBLING LEAVES reaching No. 18 in the Kindle Top 100 Bestseller ranking. THE HOUSE OF TREMBLING LEAVES was a Kindle Daily Deal on 10th November 2014.

From Cambridge to Malaysia and a nunnery in the mountains of Tibet across the twentieth century, THE HOUSE OF TREMBLING LEAVES is the story of two mothers and one daughter, of war and survival. Rosy Thornton, author of NINEPINS and THE TAPESTRY OF LOVE, calls it "a compelling novel about the power of female friendship, transcending war, time and separation".


  • “No one can accuse Julian Lees of being a stick in the mud for story locations. His last book, THE FAN TAN PLAYERS was set in Macau and now he's gone for a quadruple siting, taking us to Malaysia, Cambridge, Tibet and India in the comfort of our own homes and some superlative writing.” The Bookbag
  •  “This is a book with a nice flowing style, well rounded major characters, all with a story to tell... It's the sort of book where you just keep wanting to read 'one more chapter'.” The Little Reader Library
  •  “THE HOUSE OF TREMBLING LEAVES gave me the sense that I was onto a good read from the very first pages... The array of colourful distinctive characters is what makes the story so engaging and powerful...it's an excellent read.” Book Diva
  •  “A rollicking wartime saga of pre-independence Malaysia” Metro
  •  “It's unique, brave and sensitive... What could have been a sugary tale of romance is elevated by other elements of this remarkable book... This is a must-read” Mostly Asian Food & Travel
  •  “THE HOUSE OF TREMBLING LEAVES is still a magical novel whose purpose seems to be to both intrigue and challenge the reader. It takes a look at the strongest, deepest kind of friendship and asks if the relationship can withstand decades of seperation. The only way to find out if it can is to read this elegant novel for yourself.” Dundee University Review of the Arts 

THE FAN TAN PLAYERS is an opulent family saga, set in Macao, the Scottish Highlands and Hong Kong in the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. Exotic and beautifully written, it is a story of love, history, adversity and adventure.



  • “Satisfaction, even joy, accompanies the discovery of a new author, one previously unfamiliar, who proves his ability within a few pages and then tells and exciting tale. Without hesitation, Lees flexes his impressive storytelling muscles, giving readers an undeniable tingle of anticipation that he may have many more tales to tell.” Cairns Media Magazine
  •  “Engaging” The Bookbag 

A WINTER BEAUTY is an extraordinary first novel of exile, survival and love set against a backdrop of dramatic world events in Russia, and Harbin and Shanghai in China, between 1915 and 1930, based on the author’s family history.


Born in Hong Kong, Julian Lees went to boarding school in England and to Cambridge University before returning to the Far East. He is married with three children and lives in Malaysia.


 Julian Lees


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