bio

colin falconer, ken follett, bestsellerColin Falconer was born in North London, and spent most of his formative years at school playing football or looking out of the window wishing he was somewhere else.

After failing to make the grade as a professional football player, he spent much of his early years traveling, hitch-hiking around Europe and North Africa and then heading to Asia.

Opium, James Clavell, The GodfatherHis experiences in Bangkok and India later inspired his thriller VENOM, and his adventures in the jungles of the Golden Triangle of Burma and Laos were also filed away for later, the basis of his OPIUM series about the underworld drug trade.

He later moved to Australia and worked in advertising, before moving to Sydney where he freelanced for most of Australia’s leading newspapers and magazines, as well as working in radio and television.

He started publishing in 1984, mostly humor and young adult fiction, but with the publication of VENOM in 1990, he became a full time novelist.

Colin Falconer. harem, Ken FollettHe has published over 40 books in print. HAREM was an enormous bestseller in Germany and THE NAKED HUSBAND was ranked #9 in Australia on its release. AZTEC stayed on the bestseller lists in Mexico for four months. He is a bestseller in Europe and his work has sold into translation in 23 countries: Brazil, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech republic, Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Indonesia, Korea, Macedonia, Montenegro, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey.

He lived for many years in the beautiful Margaret River region in WA, and helped raise two beautiful daughters with his late wife, Helen. While writing, he also worked in the volunteer ambulance service for over 13 years His marriage ended in tragic circumstances, a story he has told in ‘The Naked Husband,’ and its non-fiction sequel, ‘The Year We Seized the Day,’ written with a writing partner, Elizabeth Best.

Pamplona, runnign of the bulls

copyright: Colin Falconer

He travels regularly to research his novels and his quest for authenticity has led him to run with the bulls in Pamplona, pursue tornadoes across Oklahoma and black witches across Mexico, go cage shark diving in South Africa and get tear gassed in a riot in La Paz. He also completed a nine hundred kilometre walk of the camino in Spain.

He did not write for over five years but returned to publishing in 2010 with the release of SILK ROAD, and then STIGMATA the following year. ISABELLA is due to be published in 2013.

His likens his fiction most closely to Ken Follett – books with romance and high adventure, drawn from many periods of history.

Bibliography:

anastasia cover edit compressedVENOM  (Hodder & Stoughton UK, 1989, Coronet 1990. Released online 2012)

DEATHWATCH (Hodder & Stoughton UK 1991, Coronet 1992. Re-released as CORRIGAN’S RUN 2012)

HAREM (Hodder & Stoughton UK 1992, Coronet 1993. As The Sultan’s Harem by Crown, New York, 2004. Released online as HAREM and SERAGLIO 2012)

FURY (Hodder & Stoughton UK 1993, Coronet 1994. Re-released as the JERUSALEM series 2012)

OPIUM  (Hodder Headline UK 1994, Coronet 1995. Released as part of the OPIUM series, 2013)

TRIAD (Hodder Headline UK 1995, Coronet 1996. Released as part of the OPIUM series, 2013)

pearlsDANGEROUS (Hodder Headline UK 1996, Coronet 1997. Re-released as WARBABY 2013)

DISAPPEARED (Hodder Headline UK 1997, Coronet 1998 Released online 2013.)

ROUGH JUSTICE (Hodder Headline UK 1999, Coronet 1999) A Madeleine Fox novel

THE CERTAINTY OF DOING EVIL (Hodder Headline UK 2000, Coronet 2001) A Madeleine Fox novel

WHEN WE WERE GODS (Crown, New York & Random House Australia 2000, Bantam Australia 2002 Re-released as CLEOPATRA 2013)

AZTEC (Random House Australia, 2001, Bantam 2002,  published as FEATHERED SERPENT in the US by Crown New York, 2002, Bantam New York 2003  Released as AZTEC online 2013)

When We Were Gods (519x800)ANASTASIA (Bantam Australia, 2003 Released online 2013)

MY BEAUTIFUL SPY (Bantam Australia 2005, Re-released as ISTANBUL 2013)

PEARLS (Bantam Australia 2006, Released online 2013)

STAIRWAY TO THE MOON (Bantam Australia 2007)

SILK ROAD (Atlantic London 2011, released in the US by CoolGus 2013)

STIGMATA (Atlantic, London 2012, released in the US by CoolGus 2013.)

ISABELLA (CoolGus 2013)

AS COLIN BOWLES

THE YEAR WE SEIZED THE DAY co-authored with Elizabeth Best (Allen & Unwin 2007, Bolinda Audio Books 2007.)

ORIGINALLY AS MARK D’ARBANVILLE

NakedHusband_coverTHE NAKED HUSBAND   (Bantam Australia  2004 – rereleased 2012 as Colin Falconer)

also as COLIN BOWLES

young adult fiction:

SURFING MISTER PETROVIC    (Penguin, Melbourne 1997)surfing

GOING OFF  (Penguin, Melbourne 1999)

WASTED (Penguin, Melbourne, 2001)

 NIGHTS IN THE SUN (Penguin, Melbourne, Sept 2003: winner Premier’s Award for YA fiction, shortlisted for VPA and QPA awards, re-released under Colin Falconer with CoolGus 2012)

                JUNIOR FICTION

 HEROES AND DRAGONS  (Heinemann, Melbourne, 1995)

THE WITCH OF ENDOR STREET     (Heinemann, Melbourne, 1996)

Also see my Google + page and my web page

25 Responses to bio

  1. Old China Books says:

    Hi Colin,

    Just tumbled to your blog, following the bread crumbs from your 2011 Why I Love Writing Big, Sweeping Historical Novels post on Hysterical Tapestry (I’m preparing a post there for Marg now). We appear to share a common interest in historical fiction aboout China (?), although you have been publishing much longer and have brisk and breezy blogging style that I have not yet conjured up and, of course, I’m self-published.

    At Amazon USA Silk Road has a note saying “not yet published,” but I took a look at The Sultan’s Harem Look Inside. From the passage called The Eski Saraya I see you have fashioned a nice filagree of detail for your description of the lady standing on the parapet and dreaming of escape, and have deftly used the hawk floating on updrafts above the palace to segue into the description. Amazon has a enviable set of notices and reviews. Some of them also expressed admiration for your prose style (in ome Silk Road review I recall, at least).

    Amazon UK has a Kindle for Silk Road but wont sell it to a USA customer, so I’ll post a watch to look out for the Kindle Silk Road to turn up over here.

    And you can add my Yang Shen book cover to your list of worsts – I believe it actually makes people put the book back down and walk away (if not run screaming into the night).

    Glad to meetcha,
    James Lande
    blog.oldchinabooks.com (also WordPress)

    BTW, there’s a link at HT that goes nowhere – http://corvus.shamwana.com/book/Silk%20Road.

  2. boomiebol says:

    What an amazing life you have lived and continue to live. Thanks so Kuching for stopping by my blog

  3. rolandclarke says:

    Hi Colin
    Been enjoying your posts for some time now and I was so inspired by your site that when I was nominated for a Versatile Blogger Award I had to nominate you as one of the 15 that I needed to choose.

    Further details: http://rolandclarke.com/2012/09/30/versatile-blogger-award-wip-update/

    Many thanks and all the best

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