The extraordinary true story of how an imam's daughter escaped her abused childhood - now in paperback
Hannah Shah is an Imam's daughter. She lived the life of a devout family of Muslims in the north of England but, behind the front door, she was a caged butterfly. For many years, her father abused her in the cellar of their home.
At 16 she discovered a plan to send her to Pakistan for an arranged marriage, and she ran away. Hunted by her angry father and brothers, who were intent on making her an honour killing, she had to keep moving house to escape them, and complete her education.
Worst of all, from her family's point of view, she converted to Christianity and eventually found freedom in the anonymity of the south of England - to live (and marry) as she wished, and to be free of the shame of her childhood.
Offering an extraordinary look at the lifestyle and beliefs of her family, and the rigid ideas of 'shame' and 'honour' they used to oppress her, The Imam's Daughter also shines a light on contemporary Western culture. Most of all, though, this is the inspiring story of Hannah Shah herself. Ho
“Brilliant and compelling...raises issues which are worthy of serious consideration and discussion”
Dominic Lawson, Sunday Times