• 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!



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“The Daughters of Moab is a richly peopled canvas”

Lucy Sussex of The Age newspaper has kindly given permission for us to reproduce her stellar review of Kim Westwood’s The Daughters of Moab:

The Daughters of Moab

The Daughters of Moab

Amid the hype for Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, it tended to be forgotten that was working in a venerable and popular genre: the post-apocalyptic novel. Australia has produced a few of these, of which the best known is Neville Shute’s On the Beach. Now debut author Kim Westwood has added a very Australian take on the theme. She mixes ecological disaster with religious cults, Mad Max with feminism. Eustace Crane controls the Followers of Nathaniel, struggling to stay alive and exploit the few remaining unpoisoned resources. A mini Machiavelli, his chief weapon is the hired assassin Assumpta — a woman who is more than she seems. Westwood is a stylist, with a line in lyricism, and a nice sense of humour: “Styx and stones”. The Daughters of Moab is a richly peopled canvas, of which perhaps the real star is the ravaged landscape, so intensely depicted as to be almost a presence.

Copyright 2008 Lucy Sussex, first published in The Age on 2 November 2008.


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