The Abandoned Wives Handbook: A Gentle Guide to One of Life’s Great Traumas

The pain of abandonment is huge.

The partner you loved and cherished for so many years has decided you are no longer required. Past your sell by date. Of no use to them anymore, so tossed out like a piece of garbage. Abandoned with barely a backward glance.

In an attempt to keep this a gentle, light-hearted read, each chapter is divided into letters of the alphabet, rather like a dictionary of distress, something you can dip into at any time.

I am not an expert, merely someone who has survived one of life’s great traumas and has come through it as a stronger, more resilient person.

About the Author

Pat Backley is an author, born in England but now based in Auckland, New Zealand. She is a mother to one beautiful daughter. Passionate about people and travelling the world, she has spent 70 years living a colourful and interesting life and her books reflect these passions. She has always been fascinated by social history and the lives of ordinary people and believes their stories should be told.

“It is a way of honouring my ancestors. They have no voice, so I will make sure their stories are heard.”

Her published books include DAISY a historical family saga (1887 -1974) and her own memoirs: FROM THERE TO HERE, WITH AN AWFUL LOT IN BETWEEN. She has also co-authored: THE WARRIOR WOMEN PROJECT. A SISTERHOOD OF IMMIGRATION

To learn more about Pat, visit her website:

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