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Providing an account of her battle with an abusive man and with bureaucracy, this is the story of a woman’s fight against a violent and tyrannical relationship, and her struggle to reclaim her two daughters, sold into marriage in the Yemen. Mirian Kamouhi – half Pakistani, half English – met Muthana Muhsen in Birmingham in 1960, when she was 17. They never married, but had seven children, the two eldest of whom were sent to Yemen in 1966 for a holiday . Their mother, fighting ill-health and with little money, would not meet them again until they were adults.

Reviews

What is astonishing about the book...is the account of how downtrodden, defeated Miriam suddenly came to buoyant life
FAY WELDON, Mail on Sunday
Extremely moving
GERALD KAUFMAN, Manchester Evening News
A vivid and gripping picture
Sunday Times