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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Goldenford Publishers Limited (18 Oct. 2005)
  • ISBN-10: 0953161323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0953161324
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.8 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,561,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Irene Black has been a psychologist and a teacher and has lived in the USA, Australia and India. She has an MA in South Asian Art, specializing in the art and architecture of South India. In her novels 'The Moon's Complexion' and 'Darshan: a Journey' her experiences of Indian culture are essential ingredients of her plots. She has won numerous national and international prizes for short stories, poetry and articles, including the 2003 National Association of Writers' Groups Annual Best Short Story award, and she was shortlisted for the 2008 Bristol Prize. Some of her short stories are available for download on Kindle, published either by Goldenford or by Untreed Reads. She lives in Surrey. In 2006 one of her prize-winning short stories, 'A Dog's Life' was broadcast on BBC Radio, read by Bernard Cribbins.

All her novels are available in paperback and also as Kindle e-books.

Her latest novel, 'Noontide Owls', a Young Adult' Fantasy novel was published in September 2011.

Noontide Owls is the story of Ambamar and its inhabitants: iron-mining Anvil People, gigantic, agricultural Timekeepers, mysterious, scholarly Scribes and Mariners - the fisher folk. Their histories were written long ago in secret papers, and in a magical speaking book that Elin and Arolan, the two trumpeters who herald the promise of a new dawn, carry down from the Iron Mountain, where it had lain hidden for a century. It is imperative for the people to learn these fantastical tales that bind them, for along with freedom from 100 years of cruel oppression, are hatching the serpents of hatred and distrust.

It is left to Maara, the girl with three blessings,to try and stop the ruin of Ambamar. Her task is fraught with danger, as she encounters destructive nature spirits, heroes and villains, raging seas, desert sands, dark forests and magical creatures.

Noontide Owls is a tale for all ages from 9 to 109.

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Acclaimed journalist Hannah Peterson has taken flight to India after a series of sinister events surrounding the release of her controversial new book in the UK.
However, among the ancient tombs, lush jungles and chaotic cities of South India, someone is waiting for her. Meanwhile, young doctor Ashok Rao leaves his stellar career as a consultant in London to return to his family in Bangalore to choose a bride.
In this eclectic combination of thriller, romance, adventure, and narrative of cultural crossings, Hannah and Ashoks' paths become inextricably intertwined.
There are times in the opening chapters of The Moon's Complexion when Black's apparent disregard for the boundaries of genre can feel somewhat jarring; at one moment, we have an exquisite description of Ashok's return to his family home in Bangalore and his confidences in his elderly grandmother, the next Hannah is tearing through the midnight streets of Chennai in a high-octane car chase.
However, I challenge anyone to put this book down. After a while, The Moon's Complexion's combination of cliff-hangers and carefully-observed descriptions of Indian traditions, food, temples and landscapes becomes utterly irresistible. The whole novel pulsates with Black's love of India; the author has recently completed an MA on South Indian temple architecture, and her academic interests work their way quietly into the novel, providing a well-studied backdrop to the action.
A thoroughly unusual novel that will appeal to anyone who's interested in India or just enjoys a skilfully constructed page-turner. -- London Student Newspaper February 2006

`The Moon's Complexion by Irene Black is a wonderfully written
love story set in Southern India. The author's knowledge of the intricacies
of the culture is clear and this comes across in the beautiful prose. A
captivating read.
-- Shelf review, Ottakers Bookshop, Guildford

From the Back Cover

Bangalore, India 1991. Ashok Rao, a young Indian doctor, has returned home
from England to choose a bride.
But who is the intriguing Englishwoman who seeks him out? Why is she afraid
and what is the secret that binds them together?
The lives of two strangers are turned upside down when they meet and the
past comes to haunt them. The Moon's Complexion is a tale of love across
cultural boundaries. It is also a breath-taking thriller played out in the
mystical lands of Southern India and Sri Lanka and in the icy countryside
of winter England.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Minijax on 7 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
The Moon’s Complexion is a multi-layered book. On the one hand, it tells one of the most traditional stories – that of star-crossed lovers and the events that tear them apart; and in addition, it is those same events, which present the reader with a thriller and a mystery to solve. However, Irene's great skill is her ability to create rich visual images with her descriptions of the places in which the hero and heroine enact their story. With her you will be transported from an English winter to the colourful sights and sounds of India and Sri Lanka. I’m sure you will enjoy your trip as I did.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. James on 5 July 2006
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I actually read this book whilst on holiday. I read it within a day. Couldnt't put it down. Fantastic atmosphere. Good knowledge of cultures from writer without it being pushed down our throats. We get so close to the characters. Loved it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. I. J. Collins on 7 Jan. 2008
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Ms Black has written a fantastically gripping narrative intelligently and with spellbinding skill. All the descriptions of Indian life have a truly authentic feeling and the moral dilemmas that beset the main characters are beautifully constructed and psychologically sound.

I thoroughly recommend this fascinating book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tricia on 10 Aug. 2012
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I enjoyed this book immensely especially as it was written against the background of India and Sri Lanka - countries that I have visited and loved. It was wonderfully written with a fascinating plot.
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