The Holy Woman

The Holy Woman

by Qaisra Shahraz

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Overview

The Holy Woman by Qaisra Shahraz

Set in Pakistan, London and Egypt, this epic drama of love and betrayal, centres around the life of Zarri Bano, the daughter of a wealthy Muslim landowner. She falls in love with Sikander, a business tycoon and plans to marry him. But her father disapproves and takes drastic action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908129352
Publisher: Arcadia Books Ltd
Publication date: 12/31/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 570
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Qaisra Shahraz was born in Pakistan and grew up in England. She read English and Classical Civilizations at the University of Manchester. Later, she gained two Masters Degrees in European Literature and Scriptwriting from Salford University. Qaisra is an award winning short fiction writer and has written extensively for magazines and newspapers as well as a number of television scripts and drama serials. Her acclaimed fourteen-episode drama serial 'Dil Hee to Hai' has been produced in Pakistan and shown around the world. In her other career, she is a lecturer, trainer, and College Inspector for OfSTED and the Adult Learning Inspectorate. Qaisra lives in Manchester with her family. Typhoon is her second novel, and a sequel to The Holy Woman. She is currently working on her third book.

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Holy Woman 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Qaisra Shahraz pleasantly surprises with her debut novel. Set in a village in Sind, the readers are taken across the world to Cairo, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, as the story unravels. The university educated heroine, Zarri Bano (ZB) - beautiful and elegant - meets her match in Sikander, a debonair Karachi-based business tycoon. Accepting his proposal, she goes as far as dreaming of setting up a press in Karachi after marriage. But fate and her patriarchal clan catch up with her and her world turns topsy-turvy: her overly possessive father after his only son's death decrees that the stylish ZB devote her life to religion and praying, forbidding marriage to her, so as to keep the family property from falling into 'outsiders' ' hands. How ZB copes with her new life makes for a very interesting reading. There is a parallel strain in the novel, too, which though less absorbing, provides insight into the lives of village folk. The steadfastness and incredible will power of ZB transcends through the pages - she instils energy in the readers. Once started, the novel is difficult to put down it awes and beguiles when least expected.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Qaisra Shahraz pleasantly surprises with her debut novel. Set in a village in Sind, the readers are taken across the world to Cairo, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, as the story unravels. The university educated heroine, Zarri Bano (ZB) - beautiful and elegant - meets her match in Sikander, a debonair Karachi-based business tycoon. Accepting his proposal, she goes as far as dreaming of setting up a press in Karachi after marriage. But fate and her patriarchal clan catch up with her and her world turns topsy-turvy: her overly possessive father after his only son's death decrees that the stylish ZB devote her life to religion and praying, forbidding marriage to her, so as to keep the family property from falling into 'outsiders' ' hands. How ZB copes with her new life makes for a very interesting reading. There is a parallel strain in the novel, too, which though less absorbing, provides insight into the lives of village folk. The steadfastness and incredible will-power of ZB transcends through the pages - she instills energy in the readers. Once started, the novel is difficult to put down; it awes and beguiles when least expected.
Guest More than 1 year ago
shahraz comes across as a passionate writer who understands the traditions of village life in Pakistan. Even though she doesn't condone some of the actions, she tries to get across with due respect the meaning behind them. An excellent 1st novel that should have you engrossed till the very end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the above title says is all, excellent read,really could not put it down, did not want it to finish, very romantic book that has revenge, culture, religion, love, hatred and more love and like all asian flims, it has a wonderful happy ending.