Marguerite van Geldermalsen is from Nelson, New Zealand. In 1978 she married Mohammad Abdallah and moved into his Nabataean cave. They had three children. She was widowed in 2002. She now divides her time between Sydney, Australia and Jordan.
For anyone who enjoys travel books, especially about the Middle East, this is the read thing - a fascinating account of life as a Bedouin in the late twentieth century written by a Western woman - Mary S. Lovell