James Fearn’s New Historical Novel is based on his Great Grandfather’s Life

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“Stranger in Dixie” narrates a man’s odyssey from affluence to being a reject.

Author, James Fearn, celebrates the life and times of his great grandfather, Second Lieutenant John Fearn Francis, in his fictional book titled Stranger in Dixie. This historical novel takes readers back to the period of the American Civil War, when this hero lived and died.

Here, the author weaves a vivid account of the odyssey of a special man whose endeavours in three different countries in the nineteenth century demanded great courage and creativity. It explores several themes including the trauma experienced by the affluent when they fall on hard times, the motivating force of a desire for independence, the importance of encouragement, not criticism in the nurture of human maturity, and how fortune favours those who will “have a go” in the face of adversity.

John Oxley, the son of an affluent English industrial family, had a highly developed social conscience with respect to the poor of the Yorkshire Midlands in the 1840s. His growing interest in left-wing British politics took him to a meeting of the evolving Chartist movement where he became involved in a mêlée with the local landowners. This ruckus heightened with John lunging at a landlord. John’s life was radically changed after his trial and conviction on contrived charges. To minimise the disgrace to his family, he changed his name to John Francis. But what desolation and trauma await him? Readers can follow his journey as this story unfolds.

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About the Author
James Fearn was born in the Great Depression in Australia where he developed conservative political and religious views. These revealed themselves in church and educational leadership in the State of Victoria. Educated as a science educator in schools and universities, he holds a Master’s Degree in Science and in Education, and a Doctorate in Education. His essays describe his life experiences, and he has two published textbooks, one for science teachers, and one for church leaders. Stranger in Dixie is based upon the life and times of his great grandfather, John Francis, who died a hero in the American Civil War. The author’s hobbies include music (solo voice and choral), building (Habitat for Humanity), walking, and writing.

Stranger in Dixie * by James Fearn
The Odyssey of John Fearn Francis, Second Lieutenant, CSA
Publication Date: March 29, 2011
Trade Paperback; AU$29.99; 294 pages; 978-1-4568-8303-4
Trade Hardback; AU$49.99; 294 pages; 978-1-4568-8304-1

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