New novel set in Dominica

The cover of the novel

A new novel written by a Dominican is now on sale.

Named ‘Taming a Hurricane’ and written by Paula A. John, the novel is set in Dominica with brief excursions to Malta and the United Kingdom.

According to online book-selling giant,, the novel “tells the story of a strong, sophisticated woman who returns to her native country to confront the man who abused her as a child. However, nothing goes to plan: an unexpected hurricane leaves her stranded on the island and, once again, she falls victim to the man she loathes. Steeped in local tradition and teeming with authentic island stories, ‘Taming A Hurricane’ is more than a piece of literary entertainment: It is a window through which we observe tortured characters wading through life’s vicissitudes searching for peace. Some never find it.”

In the novel John used village life in the late 60s – early 70s to “provide an endless supply of adventure and stories which serve as a backdrop for much of her book,” according to

John has a degree in French and taught at one of the secondary schools in Dominica before emigrating to Britain in 1994, where she trained as a nurse. Now in her mid-forties, she has just completed an MA in Linguistics at the University of Manchester.

‘Taming a Hurricane’ is John’s first book and can be ordered from

It was published on December 30, 2011.

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  1. lindia joseph
    April 4, 2019

    You go girl. Great accomplishment.

  2. Dorian Shillingford
    August 12, 2013

    Congratulations to an old friend. Quality always shines through.

    Good Stuff!

    • Anonymous
      October 13, 2013

      Hello dear Dorian! Thanks for your support. Please find me on Facebook. XX

      • Anonymous
        November 16, 2013

        Well, am not on Facebook but will try.
        In London this week

  3. PAJ
    March 9, 2012
  4. PAJ
    January 24, 2012

    Dear Friends, Just to let you know that the book is now out on Kindle! You can download in seconds and avoid delivery charges. Here’s the link:

  5. PAJ
    January 10, 2012

    Just to say that the ‘look inside’ option for the novel has now been activated on for a preview of the opening chapter:


  6. looksee
    January 9, 2012

    As mentioned above, it is available from Just type the title into their website or follow this link:

  7. D/can to de Bone (fo
    January 7, 2012

    Somebody tell me where can I obtain a copy??
    Sound very interested as heard

  8. Dee
    January 7, 2012

    Pau-Pau! Congratulations girlfriend! Have been looking out for it. Just had my copy ordered!

  9. conscious
    January 7, 2012

    Congratulations to you lady, continue to make the village of Salisbury proud.

    Her parents are from the village of Salisbury, which is situated between the villages of Mero and Coulibistrie on the west coast of Dominica.

  10. forreal
    January 6, 2012

    you had me there ha ha,i really wanted how to tame a hurricane,because for shore no dam hurricane would a bother us again,anyway that would a have to be in a literal sense,great accomplishment though,i am proud of you,daughter of dominica :lol:

  11. PAJ
    January 6, 2012

    Dear Friends,
    Thank you for your very kind words of encouragement. Much appreciated. Hope you enjoy reading. PAJ

  12. Nkrumah Kwame
    January 6, 2012

    I know Paula very well and consequently this latest achievement does not come as any surprise. Congratulations are well in order!!

    The sky is the limit.

  13. Jean Bef
    January 6, 2012

    Congratulation Paula. Your ex students from Isaiah Thomas Secondary School formerly known as St.Joseph Secondary School will be Proud.

  14. Ajahbless
    January 5, 2012

    You go,Paula!! Salisbury is proud of you, home girl!!!

  15. cruz
    January 5, 2012

    well done cuz we in st croix are so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!keep up the good work.

  16. LawieBawie
    January 5, 2012

    Awesome cuz! Howcome you neglected to tell me about this wonderful achievement before I left the UK? Keep it up. Great stuff!!

  17. jersey domnican
    January 5, 2012

    congratulation paula nice to see our people doing good .

  18. PFF-L
    January 5, 2012

    Sarita…This is not Patrick’s daughter.

  19. SARITA
    January 5, 2012


    • DCW
      January 5, 2012

      She is from Salisbury, John by birth

      • gene
        January 6, 2012

        DCW she is from Mahaut by lifvia coobarwii….lol

    • Reader
      January 7, 2012

      No mano’s

      • Ajahbless
        January 7, 2012

        Hold on a second there, everybody! For the record, She was born in Salisbury. Her parents are from Salisbury, their parents are from Salisbury! There is no Mahaut in there, thank you very much!!

      January 8, 2012

      Congratulation Paula. She is from SALISBURY HER FATHER IS OR WAS AN EXTENTION OFFICER.

  20. Jack-a-bat
    January 5, 2012

    Congrats Paula,loves to see my people do well for themselves. Looking forward to purchasing and reading your book.

  21. Anonymous
    January 5, 2012

    good something positive

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