I met Julia through her writing – first, on the page, when I read Crocodile Soup and then when I became the editor for her second novel, The Taxi Driver’s Daughter. Her novels and poetry have given me so much pleasure over the last few years. She was such great fun to be with and her writing really did reflect the sort of person she was: so funny, so full of life, so connected to the people around her, full of humanity and tenderness. Her bravery was overwhelming and inspiring. I am so sorry I won’t be working with her again, but I am so very glad to have known her.