Julian Leatherdale’s first love was theatre. On graduation with a BA in Theatre Studies, he wrote lyrics for four comedy cabarets, performed at the Adelaide and Sydney Fringe Festivals and Downstairs Belvoir Street, and co-wrote the book and lyrics for a two-act musical.

He discovered a passion for popular history as a staff writer, researcher and photo editor for the 16-volume Australians At War series published by Time-Life and John Ferguson. He later researched and co-wrote two Film Australia television documentaries Return to Sandakan and The Forgotten Force shown on the ABC and overseas.

He was an image researcher at the State Library of NSW before joining The Cabinet Office where he wrote policy briefs for the NSW Premier. For some years he was the public relations manager for an international hotel school in the Blue Mountains where he lives with his wife and two children.

His novel Palace of Tears was published by Allen & Unwin in June, 2015 and will be released as an audiobook by Bolinda Publishing in August, 2015.