Joan Khurody
Author and Publisher

Joan Khurody© 2015

If you have enjoyed any of the many recent and popular films and TV programmes that feature India, here you will find a very personal and direct view of the country - NOT through the distinctly western eyes of a traveller or holidaymaker - but through those of a girl who was immersed in an Indian family, for whom this was not an exotic background but a permanent, real-life setting in which she dealt with the ordinary domestic problems and activities we all face. Distilling a nomadic life into literature, Joan has lived in India/Iran/Lebanon/ Indonesia and Yemen and this direct experience of many languages, lifestyles and cultures provides rich material for her writing. An honorary Parsi through her controversial marriage to her Indian husband, she has strong views on prejudice and inter-racial difficulties.

What these books offer you ...

No-one Mentioned Bandits

In 1959, a young English girl married an Indian in the face of widespread prejudice and disapproval and went to live with him in a small, remote North Indian town. Alone in an unknown, perhaps unknowable country, she knew that most of her family and friends were certain this undertaking would end in failure.

Love Story and Memoir

Into the Night with a Stranger

Ann Mehta and Jessica Clark meet after a ten year estrangement. Their intense friendship in 1960’s Bombay had ended badly. Their confrontation opens a door into the past that Ann has struggled to keep closed. This is a story of love, friendship, loss and the rebuilding of life after loss.

Novel set in Bombay and Norfolk

A New Way to Remember

A mother in India and a daughter in rural England struggle to find their way back to each other. Maya Fielding is the child of a destructive and failed inter-racial marriage that has left her emotionally fragile and holding on fiercely, despite her exotic appearance, to her chosen English identity. Newly married to John Carter, she tries to isolate her marriage from any contact with her past. She has not dared to tell John about the phone call that has brought it dangerously close again.

New novel/new theme

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I usually have two or three books to read at all times, choosing which to read according to my mood. However since buying this fascinating and beautifully written book, it’s the only one. It’s an extraordinary story, all the more so because it’s true . It’s full of colourful characters, texture and tastes. A wonderful summer read.  5* Amazon Review. P.Wise  (No-one Mentioned Bandits)

This is Norfolk writer Joan Khurody’s first novel, following her fascinating memoir “No-one Mentioned Bandits” The story at first follows a similar theme; a young girl marries outside her faith in a period when this simply didn’t happen. However, this story deepens into one of betrayal, loss and confrontation...... A riveting read and so very well written.  Joan’s storytelling is as eloquent and evocative as her memoir. “Into the Night with a Stranger” sweeps you away to another time and place. Thoroughly recommended. Review in Red Balloon Magazine  



The author’s memoir “No-one Mentioned Bandits”, her previous novel
Into the Night with a Stranger” and this new novel form a loose trilogy
in that all three focus on what is becoming one of the issues of our time,
the problems raised by cross-cultural and inter-racial fluidity.