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Daughters of Shame [Paperback]

Jasvinder Sanghera
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8 Jan 2009

Jasvinder Sanghera knows what it means to flee from your family under threat of forced marriage - and to face the terrible consequences that follow. As a young girl that was just what she had to do.

Having overcome terrible odds and rebuilt her life, she now works to help those in similar circumstances, often at great personal risk. In DAUGHTERS OF SHAME she reveals the previously hidden stories of some of these women, and tells of how she helped them to escape not just oppression but in some cases great danger.

Following the publication of her own story in SHAME, Jasvinder has brought the issue of forced marriage into the public eye and helped the Forced Marriage bill to go through Parliament. In DAUGHTERS OF SHAME she tells the harrowing but ultimately hopeful stories of strong women facing - and triumphing over - the ultimate oppression.

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (8 Jan 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340919256
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340919255
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 12.7 x 13 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,129,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Acclaim for SHAME: 'She tells her story with the pace and vivid turn of phrase of a true writer . . . SHAME is an inspiring book, not least because of its honesty.' (The Sunday Times)

'A vivid, honest and deeply moving narrative of despair, courage and hope.' (Lord Lester speaking in Parliamentary debate)

'Unbeaten and eloquent' (Evening Standard)

'Heart-wrenching' (Daily Mail)

'It will open your eyes to the horrors that are real for some women' (Sydney Daily Telegraph)

Genuinely moving and uplifting. (Lorraine Kelly, Sun)

One of the most powerful things I have read. (David Cameron)

The glossy cover doesn't prepare you for the impact this book has on its reader . . . It gives me hope that there are people like the author of this book who are willing to write their experiences with such passion and clarity. A must-read. (Asians in Media)

'A success story to inspire anyone . . . recounted deftly and without apology.' (Time Magazine)

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Survivors tell their moving stories of forced marriage, from the bestselling author of SHAME.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great follow-up to 'Shame' 3 July 2009
By ChiA
I had read Jasvinder's first book `Shame' and could not put it down; the same applies to this book.

`Daughters of Shame' focuses on Jasvinder's journey to get the public sectors, government to become more knowledgeable on honour killings and forced marriages. while her organisation starts to develop we are introduced to some of the women whom she has helped and who have also taken an active part in bring honour killings and forced marriages into the spotlight. There is even a story on a man who married out of `honour' even though he didn't want to.
Some of the things the women went through can be quite gritty and one or two publicise honour killings are mentioned in the book. Despite this the girls have a lot of love for their families and it is evident that they are stuck between their own freedom, their love for their family and the family honour.

I feel that Jasvinder exposes an ugly truth but tackles it in an appropriate manner; it has widened my eyes to what is happening in the UK.

Overall it is a great read; I would recommend this book to anyone.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to put down 30 Aug 2009
Jasvinder's story is about herself as a woman with children helping other woman. This book shows what an extremely brave woman she is. One who has decided to help others, even by putting her own safety at risk. It is well written and hard to put down once you start reading it. Her first book 'Shame' is about her own tragic life story and, although Daughters of Shame, is complete it is probably best to read her life story first. Shame
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful 22 Oct 2009
I have read this book and have nothing but respect for Karma Nirvana as well as all those who work tirelessly to eradicate cultural practices that have no place in any society. The book tackles many serious issues and highlights some very tragic cases of forced marriage and honour killings in a mature way. My only criticism is that there is limited data differentiating Asians of which there are many who do not condone this and in fact accept mixed marriages. The large percentage of people who carry out these crimes are from specific socio economic back grounds.
As a britsh Pakistani, l am in a mixed marriage, grew up speaking English as do my parents who are educated.
I think to be a cultural expert a more balenced view is important as l do think the demographics of famnilies involved are qute telling, although of course it is not unique to certain criteria it is more prevelant.
We were fully integrated into British life and l have never suffered a backlash for being married to my Swiss husband. I am also proud of my heritage and have lived in Pakistan.

I think culturally there needs to be a much more detailed study as not every Asian l know has had remotely simnilar experiences and it is not a given that being Asian equates with forced marriages for example. However, not to negate from the book it is compelling and having worked in a large London school where majority of the students were Asian l know these practices are all too common and it is important to bring out these crimes into the public arena.

The book addresses the need for greater support from authorities which is undeniable but who will pay for this?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputdownable... 15 Jun 2010
Got this in the library earlier this evening, read it on the bus, kept on reading it through my dinner and finished it a couple of hours later!!!

Disturbing, the insights it gives into the Asian community will make you think twice about the lack of basic human rights, even in a western country - all done for the sake of honour! How I wish it was a work of fiction, and that the events described didn't actually happen to real people... My heart goes out to them...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Moving, gripping, compelling 2 Mar 2010
By Mr T
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I just couldn't put this book down. It's written in an excellent manner and the stories told are captivating.
It is sad that all accounts described in this book are true and it exposes a reality hidden to the rest of the society.
I really hope that more and more people read this book since it is enlightening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revealing 20 Jan 2010
What is happening in our now multi-cultural world? Do we really understand each other and when we do - are we happy to accept the abuse and hurt that is carried out in the name of certain religions / cultures? Even law organizations have much to learn from this book. To be read completely unbiased but cannot fail to have an impact. A very brave author who is revealing the truth.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding and Learning 4 Sep 2009
By Shabboo
This an easy read book - you could probably finsih reading it in a day or two.
It contains stories about girls and the first male that Jasvinder - the writer of 'Shame' has come into contact with through her line of work. Its a very good book to read to understand what is a reality and just normal life for young asians, particular girls - who are mistreated by those who are meant to nurture and protect them just in what the family believes is in the name of honour, family name and reputation in the Asian community.
The way these girls are treated is inexcuseable, its violent and a criminal offence. You follow Jas as she works with the Police and the UK system to protect these girls from where she left off in her autobiography 'Shame'.
Everyone should try and read this to get an understanding of what goes on behind closed doors in Asian families - that is criminal and unfair. It will help put light on the issues faced by so many in the name of honour and maybe through understanding and learning about this we can maybe all work to abolish this abuse!
The stories range from those who have survived, to those unlucky ones who we regularly hear about in the news that have been killed by their own families so brutally! All names changed to protect those in grave danger.
Im not saying being from an Asian family is a living nightmare - but for some it honestly is - and its so sad to see its still going on everyday - the numbers mentioned of people going through Karma Nirvana - which is run by Jas is just astounding and frightening!
Hope Jas continues to strive and continues to make a difference and be a voice for all those endangered, dead and living in fear!!
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I read this years ago and was really moved by the stories. I was reminded about it when I was listening to Jasvinder on the "Wright Stuff" and felt compelled to get it for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Gearing
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Arrived on time, Excellent price for the book but the packaging was torn so it could easily have been damaged. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Anna
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I chose this book as I am aware of how much honour is still a big part of asian culture.... such a good read of reality
Published 7 months ago by Asha Bhardwaj
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I Loved It, Its Worth Buying The Book Brings A Tear To Your Eyes Its All Reality, Its All True Whats In The Book Its True Life Reality.
Published 8 months ago by Unzy_Ox
5.0 out of 5 stars Daughters of Shame
Extremely interesting, also very sad stories. Jasvinder Sanghera is a very courageous and hard working lady and she deserves recognition for the work she has done.
Published 9 months ago by Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars eye opener
Couldnt put the book down down. Amazing women and the journey yhey had to go to length for freedom.

must read
Published 10 months ago by nasim patel
1.0 out of 5 stars dissapointed
i never recieved the book so was very disapointed as i read the review and thought it was a very good book to read so when i never recieved the book i was very disapointed so there... Read more
Published 10 months ago by julie mills
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable .
don't go into this with anything less than a strong resolve and an open mind. The women's stories will both horrify you and inspire you. Read more
Published 10 months ago by colette brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Have read her previous book and found this one just as mesmerising, read in 2 days on holiday and just couldnt put it down. Read more
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