• 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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Fallon Friday: 10 things I’ll bet you didn’t know about … stuff

At the ABC Studios last year, my producer gave me a book to take home which someone had sent the Drive Show for review.

The poor publishers had sent it for review in October 1999, actually, but hey, Aunty moves at her own pace…

Anyway, the book is Wow! Amazing Science Facts and Trivia by Paul Holper and Simon Torok. It’s full of the most amazing and fun-not to mention useless-trivia. Just the sort of things you need to know when impressing people at parties or winning at Trivial Pursuit.

So, for your edification, and because now that I know this stuff, I feel compelled to share it with everybody I have ever met, let me give you the 10 most useless scientific facts you could ever hope to learn…

  1. An average healthy adult farts 14 times a day. That’s about a litre of flatus gas a day. (I wonder if that includes the Queen?)
  2. In one minute, you will blink 12 times, take a dozen breaths and move 1760 kms along the almost elliptical path that takes Earth around the Sun each year. (Excellent news. I love to travel:)
  3. The Moon moves 3.8 cms further away from Earth each year. That means the Moon is now 1.33 metres further away from us than it was the last time we sent someone there in 1972.( And you thought we don’t go there any more just because it cost so much…)
  4. On average, people who eat chocolate live a year longer than those who don’t. (I knew it!)
  5. The wheel was first used in Mesopotamia in 3500 BC. (Let he who runs ’round in circles be known as the BIG wheel…)
  6. All the world’s gold that had been refined so far would form a cube with an 18 metre side and would fit into a gymnasium. (I know a handy gym where they could deposit it… I’d look after it. Promise.)
  7. One third of the world’s population drinks coffee, with 400 billion cups consumed each year. (So, everyone else on Earth only has one a cup a day, then?)
  8. While you sleep, your sense of smell, touch, taste and sight turn off, but you can still hear. (Everything except alarm clocks, I suspect.)
  9. A baby cicada is called a nymph. (So, are Spanish and Italian baby cicadas call nymphos?)
  10. The oldest minerals on Earth can be found in south-west Australia and are up to 4.6 billion years old. (Even older than Mick Jagger. Wow.)

Jennifer Fallon blogs every Friday here at the Voyager blog, on matters on writing, books and … more! She is the author of thirteen bestselling fantasy novels including the recent  Tide Lords quartet. The final book in the quartet, The Chaos Crystal, came out last month. You can read more from her at her website and blog.


One Response

  1. Hi

    I can relate to #8 alright -have been known to be the only one in my family to sleep through an alarm…when the clock was on my own bedside table. 🙂

    Reading this list also started me thinking about how many characters in specfic stories -but perhaps most of all in quest tales – will swap tall travellers’ tales and little bits of info over a drink or two in a tavern along the way (to wherever). So maybe a trivia book could give some story ideas for, say, citing the biggest number of mutant ants caught by one humanoid in a forbidden canyon. 🙂
    Maybe such a list could become a future blog feature? Start with any actual examples from stories published in any year or country/set in any era, then go from there.


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