Earlier drafts of The Eyes that Look were selected for the long lists of two competitions organised for first novels.

In 2016, for the Exeter First Novel Award, a prize given annually under the auspices of Creative Writing Matters.

In 2018, for the Virginia Prize for New Writing by Women in English, an international prize given biennially by Aurora Metro Press.


Celia Brayfield is an acclaimed novelist and the author of the manual WRITING HISTORICAL FICTION (2014) from Bloomsbury Academic.
At Bath Spa University Celia is a Senior Lecturer teaching the Historical Fiction module of the Masters in Creative Writing. During the course she acted as my manuscript tutor.

Celia called the completed draft ‘a marvellous read’ and commented,

‘This is a novel of many wonders. Julia Grigg makes us live, breathe, smell, taste and walk the streets of Renaissance Venice, seeing paintings by Titian as if the paint were still fresh and taking every step with the young artist who is to find his own place in history. She brings together the fruits of deep and sincere scholarship with an instinctive feeling for her characters, off-setting rich historical detail with a robust and irresistible humanity.’