Julian Hunt was born in 1949 at Romsley, Worcestershire, where his father, Joseph Hunt, founded the Romsley and Hunnington History Society. Julian Hunt was educated at King Edward's Five Ways School, Birmingham and joined the staff of Birmingham Reference Library in 1968. His first book, Arriving at Dinas Mawddwy, dealing with the impact of an English landlord on a Welsh village, was published in 1973.
In 1976, he became Local Studies Librarian in Oldham, Lancashire, where he was co-author of The Cotton Mills of Oldham, now in its third edition. He moved to Winslow in 1988, having been appointed Buckinghamshire's first local studies librarian. He established the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies in Aylesbury in 2002 and was also in charge of the County Museum. He retired in 2003 and is now a free-lance researcher, lecturer and writer on English local history. He has written numerous histories of Buckinghamshire market towns, including Buckingham, a Pictorial History (1994), A History of Amersham (2001) A History of Gerrards Cross (2006) and Beaconsfield, a History (2009), all published by Phillimore & Co of Chichester. He also compiled Buckinghamshire's Favourite Churches, published in 2007, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Buckinghamshire Historic Churches Trust.
In 1999, Julian helped his father to write a Millennium History of Romsley and Hunnington. This led to a renewed interest in his native county. He published a History of Halesowen in 2003 and is currently working on a History of Bromsgrove, to be published by Phillimore & Co. in 2012.