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"A lean, lyrical meditation on tradition and independence, sensuality and sacrifice, set against the mortal background of modern day Pakistan, Shahraz's debut beguiles throughout." -The Times"Stunning debut novel. An intricate study of love, family, politics and sacrifice." - Eastern Eye'Qaisra Shahraz has a real story-telling gift ...' - Sue Gee'...very moving tale of love, passion and Islamic traditions...difficult to put down...compelling read' - BBC National Asian Network'...a remarkable new novel' - Asian News'A dramatic story of family intrigue, religious passions and riproaring romance' - Michele Roberts'Intriguing tale of love, envy and jealousy ... Compulsive reading... Must not be missed ... A definite hit ...' - Asian Times

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1165 KB
  • Print Length: 570 pages
  • Publisher: Arcadia Books; 2 edition (10 Jun. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DAJ7N8U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 152 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,714 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Qaisra Shahraz Bio:

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 (UK) since childhood and gained two Masters Degrees in English & European literature and scriptwriting for television. 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). She is a Director of Asia Pacific Writers and Translators partnership.

Her novels, The Holy Woman, Typhoon and Revolt are translated into several languages including in Mandarin. The Holy Woman (2001) won the Golden Jubilee Award, was 'Best Book of the Month' at Waterstones and has become a bestseller in Indonesia and Turkey. Her first collection of stories "A Pair of Jeans & Other Stories" includes stories written over 25 years.

She has appeared in many international writers' festivals and book fairs including in Ubud, Makassar, Abu Dhabi, Ottawa, Jaipur, Philadelphia and Beijing. Her award-winning drama serial 'Dil Hee To Hai' was broadcast on Pakistani Television in 2003.Several of her prize-winning short stories are published in the UK and abroad. Her work including her first story "A Pair of Jeans" is being studied in schools and Universities. A critical analysis of her works has been done in a book entitled The Holy and the Unholy: Critical Essays on Qaisra Shahraz's Fiction (2011). She has co-authored a literary textbook with Rudolf Rau entitled, "Emerging India" for German teachers. She is working on her latest novel set in Morocco and a new collection of short stories.

Qaisra Shahraz has enjoyed another successful career in education as an Ofsted inspector, a quality manager, consultant and teacher trainer, including working under the auspices of the British Council. She is a trustee of Manchester Multi Faith Centre, Vice Chair of Faith Network 4 Manchester and Executive Member of Muslim Jewish Forum. She currently devotes a lot of her time and energies to interfaith activities to promote messages of tolerance, peace and community cohesion in the UK and abroad through her literary tours.

web: www.qaisrashahraz.com
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The Holy Woman is very much a novel that spans countries and continents, unravelling cultures and human emotions, penetrating the feudal psyche to elicit responses to all that baffles outsiders.
Shahraz’ story starts off with romance in the air. Zarri Bano, university educated, rich, beautiful, modern to the core of her coloured nails. In comes Sikandar, the dashing city bred hero of romantic dreams. It was to be a marriage made in heaven, save the jealousy of the heroine's father. Zarri Bano’s only brother dies in a riding accident and her marriage is called off as she is destined to become the ‘holy woman’, to be denied a husband, children, love, everything that would go to make the book a nice juicy romance ending in a 'lived happily ever after scenario’. Thereafter it was the commonality, the universality of human experience that she sought to unfurl.
Shahraz’s courage of conviction is infectious. Where Zarri Bano the main protagonist of a romantic horror is beautiful, glamorous and a feminist at that, forcefully agrees to succumb to feudal tradition she also emerges as the winner. It is this journey from a pure romantic to the prototype of the Muslim woman whose actions have a reasoning methodology that makes for the substance of The holy woman.
She reconstructs the original Islamic sensibility, freeing it from traditional patriarchy. So on the one hand is a heroine who admits to being, like her female peers, “a bead in a tapestry that our fathers and elders weave”. At the other end of the spectrum she emerges as the final victor capable of retaliating with conviction to the inquisitive English journalist's empathy. “Don't you feel oppressed by this (veil)?” Zarri Bano answers back, “We are not freaks. We are women who like to dress modestly. Please treat us with respect.”
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This is book is definately one of THE most riveting books ive ever read. i could not put it down and became so involved in Zarri Bano's character and life that i truly felt for her and what she was going through. i was very sad when the book ended and could have carried on reading much more about her life.i thoroughly recommend, and constantly do recommend this book to my all i know, as Ms Shahraz's talent for writing and creating will pull anyone right into Zarri Bano's world and hold you spellbound there with a genuine wish and need to know more. And once that need is there the next natural step is to read Typhoon, the next gripping tale from Ms Shahraz.Go On!!! Have read!!
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Every now and then, a book comes along that you can't get out of your head, and once you finish it you need a few book free days to take it all in. This is one such book for me. It transports you into the colourful, exotic world of modern day Pakistan, where ancient customs and traditions are thrown into the blender with encroachments from the Western world. Our heroine, Zarri-Bano is enchanting. Privileged, indulged, highly educated, intelligent, stunningly beautiful, she seems to have it all. In a society where marriages are normally arranged by the parents, she refuses suitor after suitor, finding no man who can meet her high expectations of a husband. Initially there seems to be much condemnation of this patriarchal society, and I feared this would turn out to be little more than a feminist rant against Islam, but it developed into so much more.
When tragedy strikes her wealthy family, Zarri-Bano's life is turned suddenly upside down, as she is obliged by the duty she feels towards her father to obey his will, and adopt a life of religious devotion. This sassy, feisty, modern woman turns her back on the man she has fallen in love with, pulls a Burqa over her head, and immerses herself completely in the ancient role of 'holy woman'. The story charts her struggle to come to terms with the new life she has chosen to lead, and the effect this has on the men who decreed it, and her mother, who abhors it, but feels powerless to resist.
The characters are without exception 3 dimensional and full of life. Both the men and the women are flawed, and we see them all at their worst and at their best. The strong sense of honour and duty that rules their lives is fascinating, as is the important ideal of female modesty, which is totally alien to us in 21st century Britain.
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To be honest I just didn't get it. The characters were OK, the writing was OK but I didn't know what I was supposed to get out of the experience of reading this book. I expected to feel some initial outrage at the role into which the central character is forced by the men in her family, but I continued to feel outraged at her supine acceptance of her role & subsequent justification of what has been done to her & is expected of her "for honour". The book gave me no greater understanding of Islam as a whole or of the particular character's individual interpretations. I found the ending unbelievable & as disempowering of the central character as the ultimatum given to her in the first place. I can only be happy that I have never had to consider the honour of anyone except myself when deciding how I should act or dress & that I have never had to temper what I had to say because I was addressing a man. My only lesson from this is that if women remain silent & obedient the world will never change for the better.
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