S. A. Jones is a Melbourne-based novelist and essayist whose work has been published in venues including The Guardian. She holds a PhD in history and has been a senior executive and a Shadow Ministerial staffer. In 2013 she was recognized by Westpac and The Australian Financial Review as one of Australia's 100 Women of Influence for her public policy work. The Fortress is her third novel.
More praise for The Fortress: Radical... [a] gut-punch of a story. --Publishers Weekly A Molotov cocktail of a book: intensely furious, perversely fascinating, and unputdownable. --Jodi McAlister, author of Valentine Unsettling and unashamed, The Fortress is a damning judgement on patriarchy, and a meditation on the labours of atonement. --Damon Young, award-winning philosopher and author What is certain is that The Fortress is not only incredibly timely given the #metoo movement, it's one of the most exciting novels to come out of Australia in the last decade. Her writing is musical, the story, incredibly powerful and engaging. This is a world completely fleshed out and alive, a colossus in literature, a celebration of the power of words to move and confront. --Better Reading (One of the Decade's Best Books) It's an imaginative exploration of the contours and confines of patriarchy, and what might lay beyond them, as immersive and thought-provoking as the fiction of Ursula Le Guin. --Sydney Morning Herald A rallying cry for women. It adds to the chorus of strong female voices reshaping the narrative of gender and power, and imagining the way into a new world. --Books and Publishing