The bestselling true story of a girl's struggle to survive
By Jasvinder Sanghera
The Sunday Times top ten bestselling story of one girl's choice between family honour and personal happiness. With a new introduction bringing the story up-to-date.
A new edition of the bestselling memoir Shame, including additional content from the author updating her story to the present day.
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.
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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21 Apr 2016
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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