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.
A vivid and gripping picture - Sunday Times
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