The Dancer from Khiva

A Memoir


RRP: £12.99

1 August 2009

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781843546238

RRP: £8.99

1 August 2009

Published by Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781848873742

In a narrative that flows like a late-night confession, Bibish recounts her story…

Born into an impoverished family in a deeply religious village, Bibish was named ‘Hadjarbibi’ in honour of her grandfather’s hadj, his pilgrimage to Mecca. But her holy name could not protect her when, at the age of eight, she was brutally abused, and left for dead in the desert.

Bibish’s tenacity helped her survive the attack – she instinctively knew to keep her experience a secret rather than risk further punishment. But soon her love for dancing – prohibited by Islamic custom – resulted in her being beaten, victimized, and ostracized from her family and her community. Despite all this, Bibish secretly cultivated her own dreams of freedom – of dancing, of raising a family, and of escaping to tell her story to the world.

The Dancer from Khiva is testament to Bibish’s extraordinary resilience and spirit: the harrowing and ultimately inspiring story of a woman who risked everything.



Her tenacity and survival instinct remain strong after she is let down time and time again, and suffers heartache and hardship in her life... honest, moving and inspiring, Bibish's tale will warm your heart.
Yorkshire Post