PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 February, 2004, 12:00am


by Jacky Trevane

Hodder & Stoughton


Blue-eyed blonde Trevane was 23 when she arrived in Egypt on holiday. She fell in love with an Egyptian, Omar, and married him after just 10 days. Living with him in a poor Cairo suburb for six years, she suffered inhuman brutalities at the hands of her husband and his family.

She was forced to do heavy housework while pregnant and had a baby in a flat with no furniture or running water. Her husband beat her and hid her passport to prevent her leaving the country.

Exactly why she would marry a man when she didn't even know his last name is hard to figure out. She insists that she was 'totally in love' and 'completely in lust' with him. If this were fiction it would be unbelievable. As fact, it's sobering, captivating reading.