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Colin Bowles Colin Bowles i(A8840 works by) (a.k.a. Colin Richard Bowles)
Also writes as: Colin Falconer ; Ric West ; Mark D'Arbanville
Born: Established: 1953 London,
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,
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Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1974
Heritage: English
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1 y separately published work icon Lucifer Falls Colin Falconer , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2018 14510989 2018 single work novel thriller

"So many ways to die and he knows every one of them.

"When a priest is found crucified in a derelict North London chapel, it makes a dramatic change for DI Charlie George and his squad at Essex Road. The brutal murder could not be further from their routine of domestic violence and stabbings on the estates.

"And that’s only the beginning . . .

"On Christmas Eve, a police officer goes missing and his colleagues can’t help but anticipate the worst. It turns out they’re right to when eventually the body is found and they discover he’s been stoned to death.

"As tensions rise, it’s up to Charlie and his team to venture into the city’s cold underbelly to try and find an answer to the madness — before anyone else dies a martyr’s death."

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 y separately published work icon Valhalla Atlantis Colin Falconer , Knoxville : Cool Gus Publishing , 2016 9499678 2016 single work novel historical fiction

' THE APOCALYPSE IS NOW! "They set out that day to sail for Vinland. Tromdur Svensson planned to be away for just three years. How the gods were laughing at him, at all of them, on that day." -from The Saga of Harold Half-Face 1000 AD. When the North Men from Ingolfsfell sail from their icy fjord in a single longboat, to establish a settlement across the great sea, they thought they would be gone for just three years. They had no name for the Atlantic then; and America they called 'Vinland', the place of meadows. But a storm takes them off course to an island even the legendary Leif Erikson had never seen. These natives are not savages in skins; and they do not build their homes from hides. They live instead in a great city, in the shadow of a looming volcano. And they do not hunt animals; they hunt men with white hair and blue eyes. Their gods come from the skies, and the Apocalypse is ... now. "There is a river that gives us life. You may dam it; you may swim against it. But in the end, it will flow to the sea, with or without you." -from The Book of the Stars, a manuscript of unknown origin, written in Mayan glyphs circa 1000 AD and found in a Viking burial mound in Greenland, 2001' (publication blurb).

1 y separately published work icon Israel Colin Falconer , Knoxville : Cool Gus Publishing , 2012 8766939 2012 single work novel historical fiction

'And Rishou Hass’an thought: How many more sons must I bury?

'Every father on both sides of the divide are now thinking the same thing; the United Nations votes for partition, giving the Jews their own state for the first time since the time of the Romans. But in reality it just means all out war, with the armies of Egypt And Syria and Jordan mass on the borders just waiting for the British to leave.

'But even now, nothing is simple, as Jew turns against Jew and Arab turns against Arab. As the Jews prepare to defend the Old City they have to war with the Hassidim who just want them to leave; in Rab’allah old Zayyad Hass’an finds one of the Arab mercenary commanders raping his wife.

Some men still speak for peace; men like Rishou Hass’an. But how can you speak for peace when the Jews raze your village and you come home to find your wife and your children in bloody tatters in the ruins of your house?

'And so the apocalypse looms, with the fight for the ancient shrines of Jerusalem the final battleground. Rishou’s Jewish lover huddles behind the rubble of a synagogue, prepared to fight to the death; so does Netanel Rosenberg, hoping for a noble to death to release him from the memories of all he did to survive Auschwitz.

'In the end we all become what we hate. As Jerusalem falls and the battle for Israel enters its final days, both sides fight for a peace that may never come. But still they hope to find hope for the future in a land soaked by the blood of the past.

'Israel is the last book in the Jerusalem series, telling the story of the creation of the modern state of Israel in 1948. It is told from the points of view of the Arabs and the Jews, the scenes behind the acts of fury you see every night on the evening news. ' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Zion Colin Falconer , Knoxville : Cool Gus Publishing , 2012 8766890 2012 single work novel historical fiction

'Anything would be better than this, Netanel Rosenberg thought. Anything at all.

Even Auschwitz.

'1946: after surviving the concentration camps, Netanel Rosenberg finds himself shipwrecked on a beach in Israel, and people are still shooting at him. This time it’s the British.

'But at least in Zion, the Jews are organized and now they’re fighting back. He joins the Jewish militia - the Haganah - and dedicates his life to carving out a homeland for himself and other refugees from the Holocaust, and hopes to find his own redemption there.

'But in the hills above Jerusalem, others are getting ready to fight for their homeland, too. Zayyad Hass’an has watched while Palestine has been sold off piecemeal by the Arab muftis and now his sons are getting ready to fight to take it back. He wonders how many more of his sons will die while the muftis get fatter and richer off the war.

'As Palestine descends into violence, some still reach out for love; Rishou Hass’an for a Jewish Haganah agent he met long ago labouring on her father’s kibbutz; Netanel Rosenberg for the girl he loved in Germany when the world was still an innocent place.

'But what will they do when the war comes?

'The Arabs want the Jews out, and the Jews are getting ready to claim Zion, no longer trusting even the British overlords to protect them. And if they cannot protect them, then they must go too.

'High on the Hill of Evil Counsel in Jerusalem, one British official holds the key to the future of Palestine. If he cannot be bought then he must be persuaded.

As two nations wrestle with their shared past, men and women on both sides are torn apart by love and loyalty. Do we follow our hearts, do we stay true to our conscience? Or do we follow our flag, even if it means killing the people we love the most?

'This is the third book in the Jerusalem series, tracing the roots of the Jewish-Arab conflict in the Middle East, from the holocaust in Nazi Germany to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. It is the story behind the scenes that you see every night on the evening news. ' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Freedom Colin Falconer , Knoxville : Cool Gus Publishing , 2012 8766841 2012 single work novel historical fiction

'Frau Rosenberg,

We enclose the ashes of your husband, Josef Rosenberg, who was shot while trying to escape from protective custody at Dachau. He was cremated in line with official government policy. There is an outstanding charge for transport which will be sent to you separately.

Ernst Hasler,

Commandant,

Dachau K.Z.

'Netanel Rosenberg could feel the net closing in. After his father dies in a Nazi concentration camp he tries everything to get himself and his mother out of Germany - even if it means leaving behind the woman he loves.

'Meanwhile in Palestine, other loyalties are being tested; while the Arabs in British-controlled Palestine openly support Hitler, Zayyad Hass’an, in tiny Rab’allah, wonders whether the muftis in the city will lead them to freedom - or just tyranny of a different kind.

'But what does it mean to be an Arab in such a fast changing world? His son Rishou learns he cannot be a true Muslim - and be with the woman he loves. A man is whatn he is born to, and Sarah Landauer will always be forbidden to him.

'For the Hass’ans in Rab’allah, for the Rosenbergs in Bavaria, there are no easy solutions.

'When Netanel Rosenberg is sent to Auschwitz, he loses everything but hope. Little by little he forgets the good Jew he once was in order to survive. He lets go of everything but the dream of one day regaining his freedom and finding a place where a Jew might never be afraid again.

'Two men, two women; two vastly different worlds. From the freezing plains of Poland to the sun baked hills of Palestine, from a world in the grip of war, all that matters is the desperate will to survive.

'This is the second book in the Jerusalem series, tracing the roots of the Jewish-Arab conflict in the Middle East, from the holocaust in Nazi Germany to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. It is the story behind the scenes that you see every night on the evening news. ' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Jerusalem Colin Falconer , Knoxville : Cool Gus Publishing , 2012 8766797 2012 single work novel historical fiction

'The story of how Palestine became Israel

'‘Rishou Hass'an had decided it was impossible to pick apples all day with a permanent erection …’

'Palestine, 1933. The centuries old rhythms of sleepy Rab’allah have been disturbed by the building of a Jewish kibbutz on the swamp in the valley below the village. The Jews are the future, the twentieth century. The Jews are the enemy. The Jews are their new neighbors.

'The Jews, in the shape of Sarah Landauer are also beautiful, tempting - and a direct challenge to the way the men of Rab’allah have always lived.

'Zayyad Hass’an, Rishou’s father and muktar of the village, can see the future and it fills him with dread. On one side the Jews; on the other, the Britishers and the Arab muftis in Jerusalem, who don’t give a damn about them either. His son, Wagil wants to rise up and fight for Islam. But what is Islam? What is Palestine? And where will the fighting lead them?

'Far away in Europe, another father faces the same impossible dilemmas as Zayyad. Josef Rosenberg has been a respected, even beloved, man in Ravenswald. But he is also Jewish.

'As the Nazis take a hold in his homeland, he watches with despair as his only son falls in love with a German girl. Once he would have objected that his son was finding a match beneath him; now it is his son who battles prejudice of quite another kind.

'Two fathers; two sons; two very different women. A world about to convulse into war. How can they protect all they know and love from the cataclysm to come?

'From the snow-hushed winter streets of Nazi Bavaria, to the burned hills of Palestine, from the Alte Post to the Al-Aqsa, the Dome of the Rock, romance and terror collide in a novel of forbidden loves and ancient hatreds.

'This is the first book in the Jerusalem series, tracing the roots of the Jewish-Arab conflict in the Middle East, from the exodus from Nazi Germany to the creation of the state of Israel in 1948. It is the story behind the scenes that you see every night on the evening news. ' (Publication summary)

1 y separately published work icon Jerusalem Series Colin Falconer , 2012 Knoxville : Cool Gus Publishing , 2012 8766774 2012 series - author novel historical fiction
1 5 y separately published work icon Stairway to the Moon Colin Falconer , Milsons Point : Bantam Australia , 2007 Z1452599 2007 single work novel 'There was only ever one woman in the life of Jamie Niland. But Elvie McKenzie, scarred by loss and humiliation, has learned too well that if you don't love, you don't get hurt. As the once booming pearling town of Broome dies around them and war looms, the secret that links their destinies draws them together even as it tears them apart. She thinks she is safe from the world, until the Japanese bombers appear overhead. He leaves to look for a new future and instead finds himself drawn back to his past. Stairway to the Moon brings to stunning conclusion the story of passion, pride and yearning spanning four decades of turbulent history that began with Pearls.' (Publisher's blurb)
1 5 y separately published work icon The Year We Seized the Day : A True Story of Friendship, Fury and Sore Feet Elizabeth Best , Colin Bowles , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2007 Z1392575 2007 single work autobiography travel

'Elizabeth Best had always wanted to go on a pilgrimage. Colin Bowles had never given it a moment's thought. But by a twist of fate the two barely acquainted writers seize the day and drop everything to retrace one of the oldest pilgrim routes in the western world, through the heart of Spain to Santiago de Compostela. It's meant to be a stroll in the sun, but they're under-prepared and carrying way too much baggage, in every sense. So what starts out as a physical challenge - it's a thousand kilometres, give or take -- very quickly becomes a far greater struggle with demons they've kept hidden in the too-hard backpack for years. Joined by grumpy monks, mad nuns and French cyclists with too much testosterone the two battle exhaustion and their pasts, fuelled by red wine and a perverse determination not to be beaten by a Spanish heat wave, the mountains or themselves.

'Set against a stunning background of golden wheat fields, misty mountains and tumbledown villages that haven't changed in centuries, The Year We Seized the Day is utterly compelling, by turns inspiring, moving and blackly funny, as two very different writers recount with astonishing candour an extraordinary journey of a lifetime.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 3 y separately published work icon Pearls Colin Falconer , Milsons Point : Bantam Australia , 2006 Z1260208 2006 single work novel historical fiction
1 3 y separately published work icon The Naked Heart Mark D'Arbanville , Milsons Point : Bantam Books , 2005 Z1220660 2005 single work novel
1 2 y separately published work icon My Beautiful Spy Colin Falconer , Milsons Point : Bantam Australia , 2005 Z1188453 2005 single work novel thriller war literature historical fiction romance
1 The Books That Changed Me : Colin Falconer Colin Falconer , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 10 April 2005; (p. 73)
1 12 y separately published work icon The Naked Husband Mark D'Arbanville , Milsons Point : Bantam Books , 2004 Z1140782 2004 single work novel
1 Journey into Revolution Colin Falconer , 2003 extract novel historical fiction (Anastasia)
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 November 2003; (p. 2-3)
2 6 y separately published work icon Anastasia Colin Falconer , Milsons Point : Bantam Books , 2003 Z1086316 2003 single work novel historical fiction

' When Michael Sheridan jumped into the Whangpoa River to save a woman he had met in one of Shanghai's taxi clubs, his life changed irrevocably. A Russian refugee, Anastasia Romanov bears an uncanny resemblance to the princess of the same name, who was rumoured to have survived the brutal murder of her family at the hands of Bolshevik revolutionaries. The fate of the last Czar's youngest daughter has become one of the most talked about mysteries of the time, but Michael's Anastasia is suffering from traumatic amnesia and remembers nothing of her life before Shanghai. So who is she? Unraveling the mystery of Anastasia's identity and past takes them both from the streets of Shanghai to the decadence of pre-war Berlin, from the London of flappers and Charlestons, behind the grim curtain of Bolshevik Russia and finally to New York just before the Wall Street crash. ' (Publication summary)

1 7 y separately published work icon Nights in the Sun Colin Bowles , Ringwood : Penguin , 2003 Z1060730 2003 single work novel young adult It was the year I broke a bone in my leg,
the year I got my first kiss,
and the year Jesus got himself shot.

One dead Japanese pearl-diver who is starting to smell.
A big, slow Filipino crewman.
A beautiful girl called Amy O'Rourke.
And Sam, who gets mixed up with them all,
and maybe shouldn't have.

Sam is a skinny layabout, working at the Sun Picture Stadium for his dad, and dreaming of being a hero, a cowboy, a legend. It's Broome, the year is 1926, and the heat is on. (Back cover)
1 6 y separately published work icon Wasted Colin Bowles , Ringwood : Penguin , 2001 Z900908 2001 single work novel young adult Ryan Connell has the world at his feet. He's fifteen, smart and has the makings of a top footballer. His parents are supportive and his dog, Blooch loves him. But he's in love with Tiffany, Hopetown High's answer to Gwynneth Paltrow and Winona Ryder. Tiffany is in love with Macca, school legend and champion surfer. - Libraries Australia
1 1 y separately published work icon The Certainty Of Doing Evil Colin Falconer , London : Hodder and Stoughton , 2000 Z817044 2000 single work novel crime mystery
1 3 y separately published work icon When We Were Gods : A Novel of Cleopatra Colin Falconer , Milsons Point : Bantam Books , 2000 Z794468 2000 single work novel historical fiction
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