• Fiona McIntosh: Voyager Author of the Month

    Fiona McIntosh was born and raised in Sussex in the UK, but also spent early childhood years in West Africa. She left a PR career in London to travel and settled in Australia in 1980. She has since roamed the world working for her own travel publishing company, which she runs with her husband. She lives in Adelaide with her husband and twin sons. Her website is at www.fionamcintosh.com.

    Her latest book, The Scrivener's Tale, is a stand-alone and takes us back to the world of Morgravia from her very first series, The Quickening:

    About The Scrivener's Tale:

    In the bookshops and cafes of present-day Paris, ex-psychologist Gabe Figaret is trying to put his shattered life back together. When another doctor, Reynard, asks him to help with a delusional female patient, Gabe is reluctant... until he meets her. At first Gabe thinks the woman, Angelina, is merely terrified of Reynard, but he quickly discovers she is not quite what she seems.

    As his relationship with Angelina deepens, Gabe's life in Paris becomes increasingly unstable. He senses a presence watching and following every move he makes, and yet he finds Angelina increasingly irresistible.

    When Angelina tells Gabe he must kill her and flee to a place she calls Morgravia, he is horrified. But then Angelina shows him that the cathedral he has dreamt about since childhood is real and exists in Morgravia.

    A special 10th Anniversary edition of her first fantasy book, Myrren's Gift, will be released in December!



Fallon Friday: Jennifer Fallon on Banned Books

Did you know that South Africa’s apartheid regime reportedly banned Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty? Why … because the horse was black? Geez, those people had some seriously messed up issues …

Or that in March 1996 a US high school took Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night off the curriculum after the school board passed a “prohibition of alternative lifestyle instruction” act because it includes a young woman who disguises herself as a boy?

And then there was Ulysses by James Joyce, which was nominated by the Modern Library as the best novel of the 20th century. It was banned in the US for 15 years, and was seized by U.S Postal Authorities in 1918 and 1930. The lifting of the ban in 1933 came only after advocates fought for the right to publish the book.

Came across this website recently, which lists some books that have been banned in the past and the reasons for them. The list is gobsmaking and ranges from the sublime (like Lady Chatterly’s Lover), to the ridiculous (Red Riding Hood? Are you kidding me?).

‘Cause I have bursitis at the moment and I’m not supposed to be typing, I’ll leave you with the link and let you peruse this fascinating list for yourselves.

In the meantime, I shall rest my sore shoulder while pondering various ways to get my work banned somewhere, because nothing helps the sales of a book like it getting banned 🙂

Jennifer Fallon

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