The Born Again Virgin
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When Sally Lightfoot hits fifty she joins the Land of the Invisible where even charity chuggers avoided her. So her friend's challenge to get back out there and lose her wididity, her born-again virginity, falls on deaf ears. Why would she want to go through the dating hell her daughter Ami was going through? With added flabby bits? The chances of a stray suddenly-single Daniel Craig type passing her way were next to zero anyway. Let alone one who’d be interested in a short, mixed-up year old who had not only misplaced her waistline but was still madly in love with her dead husband.

But when she braves a solo holiday to the traffic-free Greek isle of Hydra, s home of Leonard Cohen and island of choice for the affluent hippie, a chance encounter with a man of her own age awakens parts of Sally that she'd forgotten she ever possessed. If she could, she most definitely would. But would he ?

A tender, moving story of a widow’s journey from grief to acceptance to moving forwards in her life in a world where sex is everywhere but death is still the great taboo.

A Truly Madly Deeply meets Shirley Valentine romance that will have you crying your heart out and laughing out loud.


Stephanie Zia was born in Bridport, Dorset and grew up in Coulsdon, south London. Before becoming a full-time writer she was a production assistant, researcher and director in BBC TV’s music and arts department. She started writing in a beginner’s creative writing class at Richmond Adult Community College where she later became a guest tutor. Author of Piatkus commercial fiction novels and Hamlyn non-fiction books, Stephanie has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers including The Sunday Times, Which? and Woman’s Own. From – she was a columnist for The Guardian‘s popular Space Solves column. Her Blackbird Digital fiction titles are The Born Again Virgin – Sex & Death Vs A Woman Of A Certain Age, a contemporary romance about a widow torn between ageing gracefully or disgracefully, The Kew Mum Gang a comedy about a single -year-old first-time mum, and her short story collection The Doughnut Dome. Her non-fiction titles include a popular beginner’s guide to ebook publishing How To Publish An Ebook On A Budget – An Author’s Guide and her collected Guardian Columns Done & Dusted – The Organic Home On A Budget.


Huffington Post Books recommends Stephanie’s novel The Born Again Virgin, shortlisted for the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award , as an ideal book for reading and book clubs, calling it insightful and delightful, full of thoughtful dialogue and exceptional clarity. It received a * review from top US Book Blog Reviewer Big Al at Big Al’s Books & Pals.

'A wonderful look at finding yourself again after the death of a loved one. Insightful and delightful, full of thoughtful dialogue and exceptional clarity.' LESLIE WRIGHT, The Huffington Post, Blogcritics, Seattlepi, Tic Toc.

'I devoured this book. Last night I finished it before my cats got fed.' ELIZABETH BACON-SMITH [US Amazon reviewer]

'A beautiful life interrupted then healed by the songs of Leonard Cohen.' BLOGCRITICS

'A wonderful story about a woman learning to find herself again. It did remind me a little of How Stella Got Her Groove Back , but it was different enough to stand on its own merits and be enjoyable. If you enjoy a book that takes you on an emotional roller coaster while rooting for the main character, The Born Again Virgin is the book for you.' LITERARY R&R

'One minute this book has the reader laughing out loud, the next we are sobbing. This is a finely written novel that deserves to be a bestseller.' JACQUI LOFTHOUSE, The Writing Coach