Donald Finneaus Mayo

Donald F MayoDonald Finnaeus Mayo was born in London and grew up in Australia and South East Asia, the backdrop for his novel, Francesca.

He was educated in England, where he graduated in Politics and Culture. At various times he has worked as a radio journalist for the BBC, a business writer for major corporations, and as a photographer.  He currently lives in Hampshire with his wife and three children.

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Francescax2700It’s December 1975 and seventeen-year-old Francesca is about to find out if that which does not kill her will make her strong. Caught in the crossfire of the Indonesian army’s brutal invasion of East Timor, she escapes with her life and little else. Arriving on the shores of Indonesian Borneo, she finds herself thrust into an ersatz American small town carved out of the jungle by Constar Oil of Texas.

Interwoven in Francesca’s journey are a cast of vividly drawn characters – the bored expat brat who befriends her, a divorced fundamentalist missionary bringing Christ to the jungle via Oklahoma, the inept son of a murdered socialist martyr, a former Vietnam War helicopter pilot, an amah who supplements her income turning tricks… Watching over them all is the menacing former Colonel Benny Surikano, Constar’s Mr. Fixit to whom everyone turns when they need something.

Set against a backdrop of endemic political corruption, moral compromise and the pursuit of oil, Francesca is a passionate story of one woman’s struggle against overwhelming odds to shape the country that nearly destroyed her.


“Perhaps reading it prior to going to bed is not advisable as one might end up staying up rather later than one intends and arrive at work blurry eyed the next day.” —Establishment Post, Singapore

“A full-bodied tale of love and war set against the complex political and commercial landscape of Indonesia in the 70s. It’s a moving and sensitively written story that draws you in from the start.” —Readers’ review

Publisher: Betimes Books (2013), Endeavour Press (2016) for e-book edition

Rights held: World



BETRAYALx2700 A research student and a young librarian are making eyes at one another across the floor of a university library in a dull provincial English city. Neither is who they appear to be. Ally has spent the past three years suppressing her fiery nature, leading a blameless, spinsterish existence according to her orders. Likewise, Simon’s PhD studies are a sham.

So begins their dance, a dance grounded in deceit and betrayal. As the respective causes to which they have committed themselves draw them closer to one another, both are forced to question who they really are, and how far they are willing to go for what they thought they believed in.

Set in the 1980s against the backdrop of the war between the British Government and the IRA, the themes surrounding The Insider’s Guide to Betrayal have been placed into sharp focus by recent revelations concerning the police practice of using undercover informants to inveigle their way into the lives of political activists.

Publisher: Betimes Books (2017)

Rights held: World