The Fortress on Backstory
Melbourne essayist, author and historian S.A Jones joins Melissa to chat about her new novel The Fortress on the inaugural episode of Backstory. Jones says she began writing this book as a 10 year old child, and the novel is an accumulation of her observations of gender, power and corporate dynamics over the years. The narrative revolves around the anti-hero Jonathon, who enters the mysterious matriarchal society called the Vaik. His experiences living in this society explores the themes of gender, patriarchy, love and redemption. Jones says she aimed to create a parallel universe to discover just what it would take for someone privileged within a society to change.