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Halima has her whole life to look forward to. Brought up in a Pakistani village and now settled in London with her family, her horizons are widening all the time. She has started university and she has met a Muslim boy she really likes.

And then she discovers her father’s plan – to marry her to the son of a distant relation in Pakistan who once did him a favour. Halima is to be the repayment of a debt, and it’s payback time.

With the help of friends, Halima goes into hiding to avoid a marriage she cannot accept, but there are people determined to find her … a welcome and often gripping airing to this topical issue, examining concepts of family honour, religion, love and the place of women in society in an accessible way.

Books for Keeps

A powerful, moving read.

The Irish Examiner

Payback tells the story of a first-generation immigrant from Pakistan doing well at university but faced by an arranged marriage to a man she abhors. Her narrow escape, and the help she gets from the government's Forced Marriage Unit, is vividly told. Based on a true account, this is contemporary novel-writing at its most relevant.

The Independent

Payback was shortlisted for the Lincolnshire Young People’s Book Award 2010/11.

ISBN 9781845079352
(Frances Lincoln)

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