ABOUT THE AUTHOR

I was born in Portsmouth, England. At the age of two my parents emigrated to Perth, Western Australia where I grew up. Like a lot of 17-year-olds in the Sixties I headed back to England, to London, for a taste of a different life. I met and married my English husband, Roger, a journalist.   In 1969 we went to Paris for ten years before Roger's work as a foreign correspondent took us to China, Hong Kong, Korea and Japan, where I taught English and raised our girls. Back in London in the late nineties I studied  Japanese at The School of Oriental and African Studies and followed up with an MA in English at King's College.

A Singapore posting called Roger back to Asia in 2000 and for 12 very happy years I worked as a volunteer docent for the Friends of the Museums (FOM), guiding The Asian Civilisations Museum and the Peranakan Museum alongside an amazing, warm and brilliant group of women from all over the world.

Through FOM training, guiding and the social activities, I made terrific friends. I joined the FOM Writers' Group and began writing for the FOM Magazine (now Passages) on the architecture, history and culture of Singapore.

My articles were greeted with nice reviews and that encouraged me to have a go at writing a novel which turned out to be The Red Thread. The subject matter came right off the walls of the museums! Especially the Peranakan Museum which displays the unique heritage and culture of the locally-born 'Straits Chinese'. I plundered the Lee Kong Chian Reference Library at the National Library of Singapore and trawled through maps and photographs at the National Archive (awesome places for research).

In the end I had a manuscript and found the nerve to send it off to Monsoon Books, a local publisher of Asian fiction, and to my surprise he took it right away for which thanks and phew! 

Five novels later I've begun a PhD in writing at Edith Cowan University in Perth and am researching a novel about women, war and the Japanese occupation of Singapore. Occasional musings on this process may, from time to time, be put on my Facebook site - dawnfarnham/author.

PRAISE FOR DAWN'S DEBUT NOVEL: THE RED THREAD

"An exceptionally well-written novel whose descriptions and subplots concerning the land, religious beliefs, and relationships are so engagingly presented that the reader is sure to want to keep this passionate novel, which celebrates meaningful union rather than division. A beautiful story to relish on every page."

Historical Novel Society

 

"The novel feels immaculately researched, and Dawn seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of topics as diverse as Chinese secret societies, sexual customs amongst the officers of colonial power and might, tiger attacks, what the fashionable girl was wearing in the 1830s, and how the not-so fashionable girl avoided pregnancy."

The Telegraph UK

"An exceptionally well-written novel whose descriptions and subplots concerning the land, religious beliefs, and relationships are so engagingly presented that the reader is sure to want to keep this passionate novel, which celebrates meaningful union rather than division. A beautiful story to relish on every page."

Historical Novel Society

 

"The novel feels immaculately researched, and Dawn seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of topics as diverse as Chinese secret societies, sexual customs amongst the officers of colonial power and might, tiger attacks, what the fashionable girl was wearing in the 1830s, and how the not-so fashionable girl avoided pregnancy."

The Telegraph UK

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