Aneeta's debut novel is a funny, easy to read and informative take on issues of forced marriage and a window into different cultures.
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This book was a non-judgmental, fictional account of different perspectives on forced marriages, giving the background to the views of the traditional family and the families arriving to settle in this country. At the same time it showed the horrors of girls of 14- 16 being taken against their will to India/Pakistan, forced to marry and often being beaten and badly treated by the new husband’s family and with little prospect of any contact with their families here. The repercussions on families and school-friends are described, together with ways in which fellow pupils and adults can be alert and know what action they could take. It is a complex situation which requires careful handling. I think the book is essential reading for school children, teachers and all those involved in dealing with the wider situation.
Sheila Eaton- President National Council of Women.
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