If we don’t help the poor, if they are forced aside while others acquire wealth at their expense, what recourse do they have other than to revolt? – The Remarkable Miss Digby

The Remarkable Miss Digby

A hauntingly beautiful story of a woman determined to escape the confines of her class and gender, living during a time of religious and cultural upheaval which uncannily mirrors our own.

Jane Digby’s life has been well chronicled. She spent her last decades in Syria and in this enthralling book, Patricia Donovan, drawing on her own experience in the Syrian desert, imagines Jane’s life in that wild land.

Read the first pages here

‘A compelling and page-turning read that will transport you to a different time and culture, with an unforgettable heroine centre-stage.’ – NZ Book Lovers

‘Absolutely fantastic, I couldn’t put it down.’ – Catherine Scullin, Beach FM. You can listen here to Catherine’s conversation with the author.’

‘An entertaining novel…the book is a pleasure to read for the prose is taut, well-written, splendidly proof-read and edited… one hopes that Ms Donovan will one day treat us to a prequel.’ – Flaxflower

‘What a fantastic read this is… I literally couldn’t put the book down. I suggest you search it out. I don’t think you will be disappointed.’ – Terry Toner, The Book Show, Southland Radio.

‘A haunting, beautiful story… I just loved it. It’s a must-read.’ – Ruth Todd, Bookenz, Plains FM.

‘A gripping read.”’– Otaki Today