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The Curse of Zohreh - Sophie Masson

The Curse of Zohreh

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Published: 1st June 2005
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In the desert kingdom of Ameerat, the al-Farouk family lives in luxury in a beautiful palace.

But their great wealth comes at a terrible price - the curse of Zohreh, laid on the family 100 years earlier by another merchant who was cheated of her riches, and manifesting itself in a horrible death by fire that strikes certain members of the family.

Khaled al-Farouk, the eldest son of the family, is desperate to make amends for the wrong done by his ancestor, but Zohreh's descendants are nowhere to be found. Or so they think. For far away in Parsari, Soheila, one of the younger members of Zohreh's clan, has vowed to revenge her ancestor.

She leaves her home early one morning, dressed as a boy, and makes the long journey across land and sea to Ameerat, where she manages to infiltrate the al-Farouk household to await her moment of retribution.

And so begins an amazing, exciting, moving, scary, and humorous adventure that will take Khaled and Soheila right into the heart of the Arabian Nights, into the strange world of the jinns as well as dangerous human intrigues, to great danger, suspense, and a stunning climax.

About the Author

Sophie Masson was born in Indonesia of French parents and was brought up mainly in Australia. A bilingual French and English speaker, she has a master's degree in French and English literature. Sophie is the prolific author of numerous young adult fantasy novels as well as several adult novels. She lives in Armidale, New South Wales, with her husband and children.

ISBN: 9781741660722
ISBN-10: 1741660726
Series: Chronicles of El Jisal Ser.
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 278
Published: 1st June 2005
Publisher: Random House Australia
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.8  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.28

Sophie Masson

Born in Jakarta, Indonesia, of French parents, Sophie Masson came to Australia at the age of 5. All her childhood, the family moved back and forth between Australia and France, unable to make up their minds as to where to live, so Sophie grew up between worlds, and between languages, an experience which has formed a lot of her work. A bilingual French and English speaker, she was educated in schools in both Australia and France, and has a BA and M.Litt in French and English Literature from the University of New England in northern NSW.

Sophie has had more than 50 novels published in Australia and internationally, mostly for young adults and children, but also for adults, including the internationally-selling Forest of Dreams, an adult fantasy trilogy based on the life and work of the medieval French writer Marie de France. Much of her work for children and young adults has also been in the fantasy genre, but she has also written ghost stories, mysteries, thrillers, family stories and a graphic novel (The Secret Army: Operation Loki). She adapted one of her novels, The Green Prince, for the stage and it was performed in a successful season in 2001.

From August 2004 to August 2008 she served on the Literature Board of the Australia Council, the Australian Government's arts-funding body, and in March 2009 she was elected to the committee of management of the Australian Society of Authors, and now serves as its Deputy Chair. She is also the President of the New England and North-West sub branch of the Children's Book Council of NSW, and in 2011 was elected Deputy Chair of the New England Writers' Centre.

Her books have been shortlisted for many awards,with The Hunt for Ned Kelly shortlisted in the Patricia Wrightson Prize for children's fiction in the NSW Premier's Literary Awards(2011), and also being named as a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia(2011). The Hand of Glory won the Young Adult category for the 2002 Aurealis Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Snow, Fire, Sword was shortlisted in three categories in the 2004 Aurealis Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy, including in the Fantasy section, where it was the only children’s book to be listed. In 2008, Thomas Trew and the Island of Ghosts was shortlisted in the children's section of the Aurealis Awards.

In 2010, Sophie was awarded a residency in Paris by the Literature Board of the Australia Council, for six months at the Keesing Studio, which took place from February-end July 2010. Previously, in 1995, she received an Asian-Pacific Fellowship from the Literature Board, which enabled her to travel to Indionesia to research and write her novel, The Tiger (Harper Collins, 1996).

Sophie has also given numerous talks and workshops in Australia, the USA and UK.

Sophie is married with three grown-up children, Philippa, Xavier and Bevis, who all live and work in Sydney. She lives in country New South Wales with her husband David Leach.

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