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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.

Daughters of Shame

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 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.

Shame Travels

When she was a little girl, Jasvinder Sanghera's father told her about the village he came from in rural Punjab. He promised to take her there but at the age of sixteen, Jasvinder ran away from home to escape a forced marriage. With her daughter about to marry, Jasvinder decides to challenge thirty years of rejection by going to India to explore her roots. SHAME TRAVELS is not only a gripping and revealing quest, but also an inspirational journey of the heart.

Listen to Jasvinder on BBC Radio 4 Desert Island Discs

BBC Radio 4Jasvinder joined Kirsty Young to talk about her life and work on BBC Radio 4 in March 2013


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