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Jonathan Stroud

  Born in 1970 in Bedford, England, Jonathan Stroud began to write his first stories at the age of seven. After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor of children's books. During the 1990s he started publishing his own works and quickly gained success.
  In May 1999, Jonathan published his first children's novel, Buried Fire, which was the first of a line of fantasy/mythology children's books.
  Among his most prominent works are the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy. A special feature of these novels compared to others of their genre is that Stroud upends the stereotypes of the "good magician" and the "bad demon" when the sarcastic and slightly egomaniac djinni, Bartimaeus, describes an alternate version of the modern world in which power is held by corrupt magicians. The books in this series are The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate, his first books to be published in the United States.
  Stroud lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire, with his daughter Isabelle and his wife Gina, an illustrator of children's books.

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