- 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 (110 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 350,915 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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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A powerful and inspiring book. I couldn't put this book down, each chapter led me to read more. It also gave me alot of insight around arranged marriages and culture. Fantastic!!!Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book really highlights what is a relatively unseen issue faced by many young women in the UK. I commend Jasvinder Sanghera for her bravery and determination.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really enjoyed this book. Well written and glad there was a positive outcome. Well done to the author for succeeding where others would have crumbled under the pressure from her... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Angela3