Ian Moffitt was born in Sydney in 1926. He was a reporter, sub-editor, feature writer and foreign correspondent for Australian newspapers for more than 30 years before he began writing fiction fulltime. He worked for the South China Morning Post during the Chinese Civil War and it was his experience in Hong Kong and China that inspired The Retreat Of Radiance. He died in 2000. Ian Moffitt made an extrordinary fiction debut with his novel, The Retreat of Radiance. It was four months on the bestseller list, six weeks as No 1. It and his other novels, The Colour Man and Blue Angels have all been published internationally.