Shame Paperback – 6 Sep 2007
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'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 . . . a powerful read' (The London Paper)
'Unbeaten and eloquent' (Evening Standard)
'A success story to inspire anyone.' (Time Magazine)
'Heart-wrenching.' (Daily Mail)
The glossy cover doesn't prepare you for the impact this book has . . . 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)
The last non-fiction book I read was Shame by Jasvinder Sanghera, about a British Asian woman whose parents forced her into a marriage. That was brilliant. (Cameron On Cameron by Dylan Jones)
The Sunday Times top ten bestselling story of one girl's choice between family honour and personal happiness, from the publishers of UGLYSee all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I’ve been really drawn to non-fiction recently, and have picked up quite a lot of memoirs. Shame is about a muslim woman, Jasvinder, who ran away from home in order to escape an... Read morePublished 2 months ago by RatherTooFondofBooks
Wow !!! CONGRATULATIONS YOU ARE A BRAVE AND SELFLESS Angel Jasvinder. I have known, many Asian people in my life both worked and lived near by, always wanting to make friends... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Heather
I liked this book a lot-Its brutally honest, thought-provoking and emotional.Published 5 months ago by Fateha
jasvinder is a warrior a brilliant read she never gave up a good read hard to put down xxx recommendPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Really interesting and heart breaking book, excellent read and well written. Loved it and have read it over again a few times now.Published 5 months ago by Salma
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 6 months ago by Amazon Customer