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