Joan Fallon was born in Dumfries, in Scotland, the only child of a Scottish mother and an Irish father, but spent most of her formative life in the south of England. Teacher, management trainer and business woman, she moved to Spain at the beginning of the new millennium and became a writer.
To date she has written six novels aimed at the women’s commercial fiction market: “Spanish Lavender”, “Loving Harry”, “The House on the Beach”, "The Only Blue Door", "Santiago Tales" and "The Shining City". A natural storyteller, her novels, almost invariably, centre on a strong female character and explore the emotions and relationships of her protagonist. Many of her books are also historical, set in the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War, or, as with her latest novel, "The Shining City" set in 10th century Spain; they are all meticulously researched.
Joan has also written “Daughters of Spain”, a non-fiction book based on authentic interviews with a number of Spanish women of all ages and from all walks of life.
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Daughters of Spain
This collection of first-hand interviews offers us a snapshot of the lives of women living in Spain from the Spanish Civil War until the present day. Daughters of Spain gives a gripping account of the hard won changes within society for Spanish women, through the eyes and experiences of the interviewees themselves.
The Shining City
Set in 10th century Spain, in the time of the Moorish occupation, this is a story of love and honour. Qasim has a secret that only his wife knows. But when his youngest son falls in love with the Caliph’s concubine, he sets off a train of unimaginable consequences and puts all his family in danger. Qasim’s secret past is about to be revealed and all he has worked for destroyed.
The Only Blue Door
September 1940 - Maggie and her young siblings are living in the East End of London with their mother, who goes into hospital to have a baby, leaving them with a neighbour. In a bombing raid their home is destroyed and the neighbour is killed. The children wander the streets until they are taken in by some nuns. But their problems are not over - they are sent as child migrants to Australia.
SPANISH LAVENDER is a love story set in the Spanish Civil War. When a young English girl gets trapped in Spain during the civil war she doesn't realise that it will change her life forever. 70 years later Kate, her granddaughter tries to find out what happened to her grandmother at that time and opens a Pandora´s box of secrets and lies which she can only unravel by returning to Spain.
Fashion designer Margery meets the charismatic Harry and falls in love. There’s only one problem: Harry is already married to Barbara. Their close-knit family is blown apart when Harry deserts them to start a new life in Spain with Margery. When Harry dies in strange circumstances, Margery discovers that, throughout their marriage, he and Barbara had secrets from one another.
The House on the Beach
'The House on the Beach' is set in Spain in the 50s and 60s when the country was ruled by the dictator, Franco and the Church. It is the story of Rocio and Inma, who meet as children and become close friends. Their differences in social class do not matter at first but when Inma becomes pregnant, things take a sinister turn and her actions have a devastating affect on Rocio and her family.
Santiago Tales is a novel inspired by Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. It tells the story of Beth, a woman who decides to run away from her problems by going on a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. She walks 800 km across northern Spain and meets other pilgrims, each with a tale to tell. By the time she arrives at the end of the Camino, she realises her journey has changed her in unexpected ways.
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