• 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!



Aurealis 2011 finalists announced!

The finalists for the 2011 Aurealis Awards have just been announced and lots of Voyager authors have been selected! Congrats to Jennifer Fallon, Glenda Larke, Tansy Rayner Roberts & Kim Westwood!

This is from the official press release:
‘ Winners of the 2011 Aurealis Awards and the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony, on the evening of Saturday 12 May at the Independent Theatre, North Sydney. Details of the evening and a link to the online booking website are available at www.aurealisawards.com

An after party will be held at Rydges, North Sydney, following the awards presentations.  Accommodation is available at Rydges for $149 (room only) or $174 (including full buffet breakfast).  To take advantage of these rates please use the code ‘Aurealis’ when making your booking.

For further information about the awards please contact the convenors at: convenors@aurealisawards.com

The 2011 Aurealis Awards are sponsored by HarperVoyager and Cosmos Magazine and proudly supported by Galaxy Bookshop.’

Here are the Australian Voyager finalists:


The Undivided by Jennifer Fallon (HarperVoyager)

Stormlord’s Exile by Glenda Larke (HarperVoyager)

The Shattered City by Tansy Rayner Roberts (HarperVoyager)


The Courier’s New Bicycle by Kim Westwood (HarperVoyager)

For the full list head to www.aurealisawards.com

The Courier’s New Bicycle Honoured in the Tiptree Awards!

The Courier’s New Bicycle  by Kim Westwood has made the Honours List of the Tiptree Awards! Congratulations Kim! Apart from the overall winner, there were just four other novels shortlisted (the other four appear to be short stories).
The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender.
The Courier's New Bicycle

Bookseller & Publisher’s Q&A with The Courier’s New Bicycle author Kim Westwood


The Courier’s New Bicycle could have been set in an unnamed city, but it is set in Melbourne. Why Melbourne, and what effect do you think that has on the book?

Melbourne—the physical Melbourne—inspired me. The story was born in those atmospheric inner-city alleyways, and every time I go back to there, I feel the possibility of the story all over again. That specificity of site means most of the places in the novel are findable, albeit a tad altered. Inspiration came from the people there too; for instance, the Melbourne bike couriers who tempt fate every day with the traffic and pedestrians. These are elements that ground an imagined near future in the real and immediate. What’s universal, or ‘every city’, is the premise of ordinary life utterly changed from a major event—in this case a pandemic. It’s a scenario that’s just one small step away from what exists now.


With its near future dystopian setting, mass infertility and cultural conservatism, The Courier’s New Bicycle will probably be compared to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. What are your thoughts on this comparison?

I’d be honoured—chuffed, even. Yippee! She’s a hero of mine, and I’ll never forget the emotional impact that novel had on me.


As a science-fiction reader I put The Courier’s New Bicycle in the Cyberpunk section in my head. How would you define it to someone in terms of genre?

Writing, I never think of genre; I just relay the story that’s demanding to be told. However, I’d agree the novel does have elements of cyberpunk. It’s a dystopian Melbourne with a film noir feel, and the private investigator element is embodied by Salisbury, the main protagonist, who’s an outsider in many ways. Rather than confine itself to any particular genre, the story takes from a number of them. I’d say it belongs on more than one shelf in the bookshop. Let the reader decide—and the writer be amazed!


Much of the book involves what could be seen as extrapolations of current anxieties. What role do you think fiction has in such a nervous world?

 For me, ficti0n is both escape from the world and vicarious engagement with it. Sometimes it’s comfort food. Other times, it’s the trepidation and visceral thrill of the roller coaster without the fear of throwing up—which makes it the perfect place to explore all kinds of anxieties. Fictional characters in difficult situations allow readers to litmus test their own mettle: What if this were me? It’s comfort and discomfiture, excitement and safe haven, combined.


What was the last book you read and loved?

I’m currently reading and loving Stephen Fry’s biography, The Fry Chronicles. I’ve just read (and loved) Karin Fossum’s the water’s edge. Another lovely discovery (the illustrations too) is The Dog by Kerstin Ekman.

Originally published in the July Bookseller & Publisher Magazine