This is one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. There is the constant tension between the beauty of the writing and the extraordinary pain of the central event . . . an honour killing among a very segregated immigrant community in the north of England. I found the writing absolutely gripping . . . like fireworks . . . and the narrative intensely painful. I couldn't put the book down, but found myself disturbed after each chapter (as much pain as I could tolerate in one go). I can't recommend this book highly enough, although I realise it will not be to the taste of a casual reader looking to be entertained. I left with a much deeper understanding of the perspective of the people who left a rural homeland to settle in an English city.