Holy Woman, The

The Holy Woman by Qaisra Shahraz

Holy Woman, The

Set in in contemporary Pakistan, London and Egypt, Zarrie Bano is a glamorous 28 year-old daughter of a wealthy Muslim landowner, Habib Khan. When his only son is killed in a freak riding accident, Habib decides to make Zarri his heiress, resurrecting an ancient tradition which decrees that an heiress must remain celibate, and forcing his daughter into marriage to the Holy Koran.

'A lean, lyrical meditation on tradition and independence, sensuality & sacrifice, set against the moral background of modern day Pakistan, Shahraz's debut beguiles throughout.' The Times

'An international bestseller: an extraordinary story of love and betrayal in rural Pakistan' Manchester Evening News

'An absorbing adventure, from a vivid imagination' She

'A stunning debut novel - an intricate study of love, family, politics and sacrifice' Eastern Eye

'Gripping, hugely involving, and very satisfying' Kate Mosse

Price £: 
8.99
Paperback
Published: 
22 Mar 2012
ISBN: 
9781908129352
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The Holy Woman by Qaisra Shahraz

Holy Woman, The

Set in in contemporary Pakistan, London and Egypt, Zarrie Bano is a glamorous 28 year-old daughter of a wealthy Muslim landowner, Habib Khan. When his only son is killed in a freak riding accident, Habib decides to make Zarri his heiress, resurrecting an ancient tradition which decrees that an heiress must remain celibate, and forcing his daughter into marriage to the Holy Koran.

'A lean, lyrical meditation on tradition and independence, sensuality & sacrifice, set against the moral background of modern day Pakistan, Shahraz's debut beguiles throughout.' The Times

'An international bestseller: an extraordinary story of love and betrayal in rural Pakistan' Manchester Evening News

'An absorbing adventure, from a vivid imagination' She

'A stunning debut novel - an intricate study of love, family, politics and sacrifice' Eastern Eye

'Gripping, hugely involving, and very satisfying' Kate Mosse

Price £: 
6.99
eBook
Published: 
10 Jun 2013
ISBN: 
9781909807006
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About the author

  • Qaisra Shahraz

    Qaisra Shahraz

    Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Qaisra Shahraz is a prize-winning and critically acclaimed novelist and scriptwriter. Born in Pakistan, she has lived in Manchester since childhood and gained two Masters Degrees in English and European literature and scriptwriting. Being a highly successful and achieving woman on an international scale, Qaisra was recognised as being one of 100 influential Pakistani women in Pakistan Power 100 List (2012). Previously she was nominated for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards and for the Muslim News Awards for Excellence. Her novels, The Holy Woman, Typhoon and Revolt, are translated into several languages. The Holy Woman (2001) won the Golden Jubilee Award, was the 'Best Book of the Month' for Waterstones and has become a bestseller in Indonesia and Turkey. She has appeared in many international writers' festivals and book fairs including in Abu Dhabi, Jaipur and Beijing. Her award-winning drama serial Dil Hee To Hai was broadcast on Pakistani Television in 2003.

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