Jonathan Falla


Jonathan Falla is an English writer long resident in Scotland, UK. He is the acclaimed author of more than a dozen books from publishers such as Longman, Cambridge University Press, Aurora Metro, and Polygon. These include five novels, a study of Burmese rebels, poetry translations, military memoirs and drama.
Born in Jamaica, Falla was educated at Cambridge. He trained as a specialist nurse and for many years he worked for international aid agencies in Java, Burma, Sudan, Nepal and Uganda.
He is now Director of the St Andrews University creative writing summer school, and also teaches arts subjects for the Open University. He is the winner of several prizes including a PEN fiction award, the 2007 Creative Scotland Award and a senior Fulbright fellowship at the University of Southern California.

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BEYOND THE ROADBLOCKS - Squibs & long shots 1984-2015
Price: $2.65 USD. Words: 71,380. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Essay » Literature
"Forty-eight occasional pieces ranging from the music of forest rebels to Arabic novels by way of Kenyan trains and the automatic pistols in my mother's attic." A selection of remarkable and unusual essays on travel, history, literature, music and rebellion, written in Falla's usual penetrating and stimulating style.
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 79,590. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
"Glenfarron" is the tale of a rugged Scottish Highland landscape, and of the impact of three generations of incomers: Polish aircrew at a military hospital in the 1940s, a young Glaswegian couple who inherit a remote property in the 1970s, and African diplomats visiting Scotland to recover stolen artefacts in 2006. These three stories overlap in a web of hauntings, love, and bitter farce.
The White Porcupine
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 91,800. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Alternative history, Fiction » Adventure » General
A traitor comes looking for his daughter. A young rebel fails to hijack a train. A monstrous antique transmitter is rebuilt in Java. Revolutionaries and housewives slug it out at the asylum. Lovers on a houseboat betray their dreams... A virtuoso tale set in 1940s Java and 1970s Netherlands. This is acclaimed author Jonathan Falla's fifth novel.

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