Julian with her little dog, Ivy by Lucinda Rendall

Julian with her little dog, Ivy by Lucinda Rendall

A portrait by Lucinda Rendall of Julian is now on show in Waterstones’ first dedicated gallery space in Bloomsbury, London. Together with 14 other portraits, it is part of The Art of Reading exhibition by The Lots Road Group of figurative artists, in association with BookTrust – Britain’s largest reading charity.

Lucinda chose to paint Julian as she sat reading quietly with her little dog Ivy, who is the inspiration for her Railway Land Dogs series of children’s books set on the nature reserve in Lewes. “I chose to paint Julian as I have known her for many years and to have a local children’s author reading quietly seemed to be the ideal subject for the project”.


This autumn Julian is really busy visiting local schools with readings and workshops, engaging children with her inimitable style of storytelling and games.

If you would like her to visit you, and are based in Sussex, then do get in touch via the contact form on this website or contact us directly at




Three new stories follow the  latest adventures of Ivy and her fellow members of The Railway Land Dogs’ Club, capturing the charm of our local Nature Reserve. The book also features several illustrations that children can colour in themselves. We’ve had lovely responses to it from readers both young and old – and if you walk your dog on the Railway Land you might even recognise your own pooch featuring in one of the adventures!


“You get three cracking stories for the price of one, each with a completely new adventure woven with historical facts and details of local countryside. They are stories of secrets, redemption, and most of all friendship. You end up wanting to join the club and share the fun!”                                                           Michael and Kitty Ann, conservationists and family founders of Drusillas Zoo.


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Our current titles are:


Read The Railway Land Dogs’ Club – Three Further Tails Here

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Read Magnus Carter Here


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