Monthly Archives: August 2008

Perfect Cut in Vancouver Sun

I was thrilled to see that my last book, The Perfect Cut, (Raincoast, 308 pages) was included in the Weekend Edition of The Vancouver Sun, (Saturday August 16/08) Editor’s Choice: 8 Recommended Titles From Recent Releases, with the following description:

The protagonist of Sadie Jone’s brilliant novel, The Outcast, slices into his own flesh with a blade when seeking release from his troubles. So does Bryan, the teenage protagonist of this tautly written novel for young adults by seasoned Vancouver YA writer Julie Burtinshaw. It’s a tricky subject, which she handles skillfully.”


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The Forever Story — World’s Longest Collective Story

Forevever Story Logo

Forevever Story Logo

On the 30th of June, 2008 Nick Hornby wrote:

“For the first nineteen years of his life, Johnny Razor wasn’t Johnny Razor at all. He was Malcolm Weatherly, and he was born in Mile End Underground station on the night of 17th September 1940.”

These are the opening 35 words of The Forever Story.

A story that will be written, not by one author, but many. It’s an innovative online concept that will be launched 11th August and will encourage people to contribute to the world’s longest collectively-written story. The more people who join in, the longer the story will be, and the more money will be raised for children who find it hard to join in; children with Autism.

There are around 100,000 children with Autism in the UK, with around half a million family members directly affected by the condition. We want to raise awareness of the work Treehouse does to alleviate the often huge financial and emotional pressures associated with looking after a child with Autism and raise the much needed money so their work can continue.

For every single contribution to the story via our website: The Forever Story, TalkTalk will donate £1 to Treehouse. We want to reach TalkTalk’s donation target of £50,000 and to do that we’d like people to have the opportunity to write alongside some of the world’s most well-known and respected writers.

What we need from you? Just 35 or so words to continue our community-driven epic. The result of which will be more donations to Treehouse.

We already have the support of Nick Hornby who opens our story and more writers are poised to contribute. We’d love you to be amongst them.

We’re gearing up now in preparation for the start of a story that everyone should be compelled to participate in.

How to contribute to The Forever Story:

Click here if you would like to join The Forever Story and help write the longest story ever.

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The Best Thunderstorms in Canada

As I write this post, I am in Ontario, a few hours outside of Toronto, alone in the house, because my friends are out doing errands. I’ve got my ipod on at a volume which will surely cause some damage to my eardrums, because outside the plate glass windows surrounding the room I am sitting in, I see lightening flashing across the black sky accompanied by exploding bursts of thunder.

I come from the rainforest, but we don’t get storms like this in the lower mainland in BC. It’s quite terrifying. Someone told me (I think), not to turn on a TV during a thunderstorm because that puts one at risk of ??? spontaneous combustion??? (I think). I hope the same doesn’t apply for ipods and computers, or this will be my last post.

I am listening to JC Superstar — we saw it in Van at Theatre Under the Stars last week and it is a wonderul distraction from the angry heavens.

Hosana…at the top of my lungs…

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Suite101 in the Vancouver Sun

As well as writing novels, I am an editor for the online publishing company: There was a big article about in the Vancouver Sun on Monday morning which is worth checking out: Vancouver’s Faces Stiff New Competition.

And by the way, we are always on the hunt for new and talented writers, so if you like what you read about us in the linked article, visit and fill out the online application form. At this time, we have both an English (.com) and a German (.de) Site.

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Perfect Cut Reviewed

Writers know that getting reviewed is not always easy — too often we send our work out into the world hoping that a sympathetic newspaper editor will show some interest and write a review — but, of course there are more new books than there are arts sections of papers, so when your book does get
attention in the media, it is a big deal.

And, when your book is reviewed in a really positive light there is no better feeling in the world. Hence, my delight when I discovered this piece in the Calgary Herald: weekend edition:

What’s new Young adult fiction
Kate Larking, For the Calgary Herald
Published: Sunday, August 03, 2008

The Perfect Cut

by Julie Burtinshaw

Canadian Burtinshaw offers up a story of pain and survival amid a shattered family.

Bryan doesn’t know how to cope after his older sister Michelle dies. He feels nothing but numb. The only things that make him feel remotely normal are vodka, pills and the blissful slice of a razor. Even then, all of those are temporary. And hearing his sister’s voice doesn’t help.

As his story unfolds, Burtinshaw shines with rich characters, authentic pain and diverse means of coping. The Perfect Cut is a standout novel, sure to win Burtinshaw readers’ hearts, inspiring hope in those who suffer and understanding in those who do not.

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