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Hodder & Stoughton, Sep 6, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 300 pages
26 Reviews
The Sunday Times top ten bestselling story of one girl's choice between family honour and personal happiness, from the publishers of UGLY. When she was fourteen, Jasvinder Sanghera was shown a photo of the man chosen to be her husband. She was terrified. She'd witnessed the torment her sisters endured in their arranged marriages, so she ran away from home, grief-stricken when her parents disowned her. Shame is the heart-rending true story of a young girl's attempt to escape from a cruel, claustrophobic world where family honour mattered more than anything - sometimes more than life itself. Jasvinder's story is one of terrible oppression, a harrowing struggle against a punitive code of honour - and, finally, triumph over adversity.

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Review: Shame

User Review  - Madeleine McLaughlin - Goodreads

I listed this under true-crime because of the honor-based abuse this woman went through. This book gives us Westerners an insight into the pressures and expectations of our Asian immigrant families and how fear can twist them in what is supposed to be a welcoming and open society. Read full review

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User Review  - Srood - Goodreads

I started to read this book yesterday; finished it today. I could not help but to follow Jas, I was nosy? interfering? I think I was more haunted by the familiarity of the phenomenon in my community, there was instances in which I could have sworn that she was talking to me. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Jasvinder Sanghera CBE was born and brought up in Derby. A survivor of a forced marriage, she is the co-founder of Karma Nirvana, a national project that supports both men and women affected by honour-based crimes and forced marriages. Jasvinder is also an international speaker and a Leading Expert Advisor to the Courts in child and criminal proceedings. Her memoir SHAME was a Sunday Times Top 10 Bestseller. Jasvinder has brought the issue of forced marriage into the public eye and helped the Forced Marriage bill go through Parliament. She has won numerous awards for her work including a Metropolitan Police GG2 Diversity Award in 2005. In 2007 she received one of the prestigious Women of the Year awards. Jasvinder was made an Honorary Doctor of the University of Derby in 2008. She was awarded a Pride of Britain Award in 2009 and was named a Cosmopolitan Ultimate Woman of the Year in 2010. In 2011 the Guardian listed Jasvinder amongst the top 100 inspirational women in the world.

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