Once I Was A Princess
by Jacqueline Gillespie
Pan Macmillan, 1995, [First Edition], ISBN 0732908159, black and white photographic plates, hardcover, dustjacket
Very Good Condition, some edge and shelf wear, some rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, no inscriptions, dustjacket shows a little edge and shelf wear with a little rubbing and bumping to edges and corners, a little chipping and minor creasing (see photographs)
“Once Jacqueline Gillespie was a princess: seventeen-year-old Lady Yasmin, wife of Prince Bahrin, firstborn grandson of the Sultan of Terengganu. And it was here to the royal palace compound in the oil-rich Malaysian state of Terengganu, that she was brought to live – her only duty being to please her husband in all ways possible.
How had a fairytale romance begun by Bahrin – then an attentive and loving young Malaysian architecture student – in the soft Melbourne spring of 1980 led to this? And how did this life turn into a nightmare of Islamic superstition, isolation, rejection, betrayal and abuse?
Then, with her escape at the age of twenty-two from a life of torment, came the ultimate revenge: the kidnapping of her two children by a resentful Prince. With heart-rending honesty and consummate clarity, Jacqueline Gillespie recounts her life, from her earliest days in a dysfunctional family to her part in this politically controversial, headline-grabbing international drama.”