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Dawn Farnham Dawn Farnham i(6630759 works by)
Born: Established: Portsmouth, Hampshire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
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Born in Portsmouth, Dawn Farnham emigrated to Australia with her parents when she was two, settling in Perth. As a teenager in the 1960s, she returned to England, where she latter married an English foreign correspondent, with whom she travelled and lived throughout Asia. On a return to England in the 1990s, she studied Japanese at the School of Oriental and African Studies and obtained an MA in English at King's College. After a period in Singapore, where she began her first novel, she returned to Perth, where she began a PhD at Edith Cowan University.

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y separately published work icon A Crowd of Twisted Things Singapore : Monsoon Books , 2013 14315943 2013 single work novel

'In December 1950, the worst riots Singapore has ever seen shut down the town for days, killing 18 people and wounding 173. Racial and religious tension had been simmering for months over the custody battle for wartime waif Maria Hertogh between her Malay Muslim foster mother and her Dutch-Catholic biological parents. In May 1950, Eurasian Annie Collins, following this case and filled with hope, returns to Singapore seeking her own lost baby Maria. As the time bomb ticks and Annie unravels the threads of her quest into increasingly dangerous territory, she finds strange recollections intruding, ones that have nothing to do with her own memories of her wartime experiences: disturbing visions and dreams which force her to doubt not just her past life, but her whole idea of who she truly is and even to question the search itself. Finding Maria is at once a mother's quest for her child, an unravelling mystery and a journey into suppressed memory and the nature of self-delusion.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Finding Maria).

2018 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel

(For revised ed., 'Finding Maria')

Last amended 20 Aug 2018 13:19:35
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