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Daughters of Shame

Jasvinder Sanghera

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Biography: general, Memoirs, Prose: non-fiction

In her new top ten bestseller Jasvinder Sanghera tells the harrowing and moving stories of women trapped in forced marriages.

'I listen to those stories - told by women who have been drugged, beaten, imprisoned, raped and terrorised within the walls of the homes they grew up in. I listen and I am humbled by their resilience.'

Jasvinder Sanghera knows what it means to flee from your family under threat of forced marriage - and to face the terrible consequences that follow. As a young girl that was just what she had to do.

Jasvinder is now at the frontline of the battle to save women from the honour-based violence and threat of forced marriage that destroyed her own youth. Daughters of Shame reveals the stories of young women such as Shazia, kidnapped and taken to Pakistan to marry a man she had never met; and Banaz, murdered by her own family after escaping an abusive marriage.

By turns frightening, enthralling and uplifting, Daughters of Shame reveals Jasvinder as a woman heedless of her own personal safety as she fights to help these women, in a world where the suffering and abuse of many is challenged by the courage of the few.

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Praise for Daughters of Shame

  • Sanghera tells each terrible story, in an honest, compassionate way - making this book a must-read for all. - Sun

  • a gripping account...heartfelt and brave - Now

  • Gripping, and anger-fuelling . . . this is an important book, written with calm, steady intelligence - India Knight Sunday Times

  • In her simple, straightforward prose, Sanghera tells one heartbreaking story after another . . . DAUGHTERS OF SHAME is as gripping and moving as any work of fiction, yet surprisingly uplifting. A must read. - She

  • To say you will read it with your heart in your mouth is an understatement . . . plain-speaking, fearless book - Metro

  • '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 on SHAME

  • Genuinely moving and uplifting. - Lorraine Kelly on SHAME

  • One of the most powerful things I have read. - David Cameron on SHAME

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Jasvinder Sanghera

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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