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Shame Hardcover – 25 Jan 2007

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (25 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340924608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340924600
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 24 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 531,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'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)

'Angry, sad and profoundly disturbing, Jasvinder Sanghera's account of fleeing an arranged marriage is a powerful read' (The London Paper)

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)

'Unbeaten and eloquent' (Evening Standard)

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

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

'Heart-wrenching . . . Sanghera's book will fuel debate and, perhaps, confound those groups who delude themselves into thinking that all is harmony in our multi-racial cities. But ignore these issues and our treasured, traditional British way of life will be further jeopardised.' (Daily Mail)

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The real life story of one girl's choice between family honour and personal happiness, from the publishers of UGLY

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By thebooklover on 17 April 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have just read shame in 2 hours even though l should have been studying. It was compelling in every sense not least because of the endurance of the author who has shown unbelievable courage in the face of adversity. Whilst it is not representative of of all asians families in the UK, forced marriages are increasingly on the rise of that there is no doubt. I was deeply saddened as an Asian to see that family honour is more important that the happiness of children. This is a very accurate portrayal of asian culture. Shame brought to light the more sinister side of Asian culture, which needs to be acknowledged. Jasvinder, Shazia and the others have shown incredible courage to take the steps they have taken. The bond of family in an Asian culture is strong and the wrench of leaving may not be fully appreciated by non-Asians. This does not denegrate non-Asians but highlights in Shame the difficulties of leaving as well as the dangers. I am amazed that Jasvinder managed to achieve all that she has with such determination and focus. The attitude of her sisters is less understandable as l would have expected a greater level of support, l wonder what they were trying to uphold. At the every least with Jasvinders parents although misguided they were holding on at a way of life they were afraid of letting go. I highly recommend Shame as the first honest account of what is happening worldwide with regards to forced marriages. This is not overstated it just has not been exposed so openly. To write one's personal account is a brave beyond belief. The price paid by so many does not stop when they leave the home or seek refuge.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
I used to read a lot of books, but hadn't read anything I would class un-put-downable for years....until I brought this last week. I actually thought it would just be a 'tie over' book until I got my hands onto something more substantial. How wrong I was! Yesterday I sat up until 3am because I couldn't sleep until I discovered what happened to Jasvinder and the women she tries to help. This book has gripped me in a way very few books have. Jasvinder is a real woman of courage, and I applaud her for highlighting such an uncomfortable subject and for telling her personal story without bias or self pity.

As I read it I kept thinking 'How can I not know this?' 'How can such things be happening to young women possibly living in my neighbourhood, and I - NO ONE - be aware of it?' It is shocking. And I am grateful to have read this because previously I was ignorant. I would hear about things like honour killings on the news, and think it's only an issue for Asian or other cultural minorities, and not really any of my business as a black British woman, but now I realise it's a disgrace and an affront to all society that such terrible lives are being led by some women in secrecy.

But there is a tremendously positive message running through this story, and Jasvinders courage and tenacity in improving her own life in the face of so many obstacles has really encouraged and strengthened me to face the problems in my own.

I hope her good work continues, she deserves all the help she can get.

I really love Jassey too!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Sabiha Ahmed on 26 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
A social commentary on a taboo subject. This is a story of the oppression and coersion of asian women, by their own families and community in this country.

Jasvinder was born and brought up in Derby, a vivacious young girl who wanted to do well at school and get a degree. Insted she was shown the picture of the man she was to marry at the age of 14, as her elder sisters were already married and were trapped in un-happy and forced marriages. Jasvider rebelled and ran away. living a life of misery and poverty while her parents denyed her exsistence. This book lifts the lid on the so called "loving families"the asians are supposed to have. The abuse and the pain of those women that goes un-registered while the government and the police remain "politically correct" and dont intervene in these "cultural practices".

This is a must read book for anyone who wants an insight into this problem which is facing the young asian women in this country, Police, social workers and everyone in authority, and anyone who wants to stop this outragious practice should read this book.

A social commentary on this sad problem.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Flynn on 26 Aug. 2010
Format: Paperback
I picked this book up in a charity shop and am so glad I did because I found it such a compelling read. It is a searingly honest autobiography by a person who challenged the oppressive structures of the community she was born into. She paid a high price for doing so but her stand for personal dignity has come to be her life's work, as the latter part of the book relates. The author does not blanch from including details of her life which were not heroic either; this makes her story all the richer for its candour. In addition to chronicling the plight of women in south Asian societies, Sanghera also shines light on the lesser known obscenity of caste prejudice, as this also played a part in her story.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By K. Maxwell on 20 Jan. 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book is horrifying to read especially if you are a woman, but its an important book. "Honour" deaths and violence don't only happen in the middle-east. They happen anywhere there are immigrants who believe their "honour" and their families "face" is worth more than the lives and happiness of their children - and as this book makes clear its not always soley the men who are to blame, their wives, with the same beliefs, can often be active particpants in the abuse of their children. It really does make you shudder to read some of the stories in this book.

That the author managed to escape such a background is amazing in itself. This book chronicles a very hard journey to self-knowledge that is scattered with personal loss that is enough to break many people, who would rather be bashed and abused than be alone or cut off from their family forever.

Anyone who wants the know the reality of these frightend women's lives should read this book. Its a real eye-opener on the costs of violence vs family love.
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