Colin Falconer (writer)
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Colin Falconer on Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012
Colin Falconer (born 1953) is a pen name of Colin Bowles, who also uses the pen name Mark D'Abranville, an English-born Australian writer. Works published under the pen name include contemporary and historical thrillers, and children's books. Under his original name he has also published books of satirical fiction; non-fiction books about language; television and radio scripts; and many magazine articles and columns.
Born in North London, Bowles moved to Australia in his twenties and worked as a taxi driver and guitarist. before joining an advertising agency. In 1984 he moved to Sydney to pursue a career as a writer.
He worked as a freelance journalist for various major magazines and wrote scripts for radio and television before becoming a full-time novelist in 1990. His books have been translated into 17 languages. He lived for many years near Margaret River, Western Australia, where he and his late wife, Helen, raised two daughters. While writing, he also worked for many years in the volunteer ambulance service.
Novels by Colin Falconer
Falconer novels have an international audience. Harem (also published as The Sultan's Harem), the story of Suleiman the Magnificent, sold over 150,000 copies in Germany alone.
- Harem (1993)
- Aztec (1999)
- Feathered Serpent (2002)
- The Sultan's Harem (2004)
- Silk Road (2011)
- Anastasia (2012)
- Isabella: Braveheart of France (2013)
- East India (2014)
- Nights in the Sun
- Rough Justice
- The Certainty of Doing Evil
- When We Were Gods
- My Beautiful Spy
- Stairway to the Moon (sequel to Pearls)
- Surfing Mr. Petrovic
- The Year We Seized the Day (2007)
Works by Colin Bowles
- Wit's Dictionary
- G'day, Teach Yourself Australian
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