Fiona McIntosh i(55 works by)
Also writes as: Lauren Crow
Born: Established: 1960 Brighton, East Sussex,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1980
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Although born in England, Fiona McIntosh spent her childhood years in West Africa. As a young adult she lived and worked in London and France before moving to Australia. McIntosh worked in a tourism commission, an advertising agency and for an international airline before spending seventeen years in travel publishing. During this time she developed strong editorial skills and worked on her own short stories. After undertaking a twelve-day intensive writing course with Bryce Courtenay (q.v.) in 2000, McIntosh began work on novel writing.

Awards for Works

The Perfumer's Secret 2015 single work novel

'On the eve of the First World War, Fleurette, the only daughter of the wealthy Delacroix perfume dynasty, is being forced to marry a man she loathes, Aimery De Lasset, head of the pre-eminent perfume manufacturer in France. It is only the cathedral bells tolling the rally to the frontlines on her wedding night that save her from sharing his bed.

'When she receives a letter from Aimery's estranged brother warning against their union, Fleurette is left with the burden of a terrible secret. It is one that has the power to shatter the two families and their perfume empires once and for all.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
Beautiful Death 2009 single work novel crime

'A man walking his dog by the River Lea in London makes a grisly discovery and soon DCI Jack Hawksworth is in the grip of a confounding case: Londoners have become the target of a calculating killer' who "trophies" the faces of his victims.

'Under enormous pressure from politicians and the public, Jack and his team begin their investigation, which takes them into the murky world of human organ trading. But when the murderer strikes closer to home than Jack could ever have imagined possible, the case becomes a personal crusade - and a race against time. Can the killer be brought to justice before Jack is removed from the operation?

'From London's backstreets to the dangerous frontiers of medicine, Beautiful Death will keep you reading late into the night.' (Publisher's blurb)

2010 nominated Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2010 shortlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
The Whisperer 2009 single work children's fiction children's fantasy

'Griff is an ordinary boy, working at a circus - but he has an extraordinary ability. He can receive people's thoughts, although in an unfocussed way. When the circus master decides to exploit this talent, disaster ensues. Griff decides to escape, taking fellow circus member Tess and her magical creatures with him.

'Meanwhile Griff is hearing a cry for help from Lute, the Crown Prince of the realm, under attack from his uncle Janko, who wants to rule in his stead.

'Escaping from Janko's clutches, Lute encounters Bitter Olof, a bandit with a long history, and Calico Grace, captain of the pirate ship Silver Wind. With allies both magical and human, Griff and Lute must reclaim their inheritance and discover the truth behind their mysterious communication.' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Younger Readers
2010 nominated Norma K. Hemming Award
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