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Fiona McIntosh Fiona McIntosh i(A72677 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.

Most Referenced Works


  • Voted number 21 in the Booktopia Top 50 Favourite Australian Authors for 2018

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Tea Gardens Melbourne : Penguin , 2017 11644726 2017 single work novel historical fiction

'Dr Isla Fenwick has a life that most modern women of 1933 might envy - her career gives her status, her pedigree adds freedom, and her oldest crush, Jovian Mandeville, has reappeared in her life with a marriage proposal.

'Her life is beginning to feel complete. However, she insists on keeping a private promise she made to her late mother to work at the coalface of medicine in India before committing to life as a dutiful wife. With Jove's blessing, Isla sails to Calcutta to set up a new midwifery clinic. What she can't anticipate is how India will test everything she relies upon within, challenging her professionalism and her loyalties.

'But it is the fateful meeting of enigmatic Professor Saxon Vickery that will call into question what she trusts most about herself. When the pair travel into the foothills of the Himalaya for a stay on a tea plantation outside Darjeeling, Isla must make the most important choice of her life. And at the roof of the world - where heaven and earth collide - a price will be exacted for glimpsing heaven.

'From England's squally seaside town of Brighton to India's slums of Calcutta and breathtaking Himalayan mountains, this is a heartbreaking story about the pursuit of passion by the bestselling author of The Chocolate Tin.' (Publication summary)

2018 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
y separately published work icon The Chocolate Tin Australia : Michael Joseph , 2016 9599437 2016 single work novel historical fiction

'Alexandra Frobisher, a modern-thinking woman with hopes of a career in England's famous chocolate-making town of York, has received several proposals of marriage, although none of them promises that elusive extra – love.

'Matthew Britten-Jones is a man of charm and strong social standing. He impresses Alex and her parents with his wit and intelligence, but would an amicable union be enough for a fulfilling life together?

'At the end of the war, Captain Harry Blakeney discovers a dead soldier in a trench in France. In the man's possession is a secret love note, tucked inside a tin of chocolates that had been sent to the soldiers as a gift from the king.

'In pursuit of the author of this mysterious message, Harry travels to Rowntree's chocolate factory in England's north, where his life becomes inextricably bound with Alexandra and Matthew's. Only together will they be able to unlock secrets of the past and offer each other the greatest gift for the future.

'From the battlefields of northern France to the medieval city of York, this is a heartbreaking tale about a triangle of love in all its forms and a story about the bittersweet taste of life … and of chocolate.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
y separately published work icon The Perfumer's Secret Melbourne : Penguin , 2015 8617968 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
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