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The Price of Honour-bookcover

By: Nash Ramji

The Price of Honour

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In 1972 the Rehman family are ecstatic to welcome a male heir, Abdel, to join their five daughters. However, the happiness of the family is short-lived after tragedy strikes, hitting the family hard.

The five Rehman daughters have to grow up fast, looking after their newly born baby brother while at the same time adhering to their father's strict rules. This is not easy as they grow up in the UK, within a culture very different from that of their Pakistan-born father, who insists on upholding his traditional cultural values at the expense of his family.

The arrival of a pretentious stepmother changes their world in a heartbeat.

While one daughter, Saleena, discovers that the marriage her father arranged for her is loveless and abusive, her brother Abdel dabbles in western habits and needs to keep his private life secret.

This tense, compelling story about the effects of honour killing on a family takes the reader through twists and turns as the years go by.

Nash Ramji was born in Soroti, Uganda. He arrived in the UK as a refugee at the age of twelve and settled with his parents in Birmingham in the early 1970s. His secondary education was at a comprehensive school there. Following obtaining a law degree from Wolverhampton Polytechnic in the 1980s, he attended The University of Law in Chester. In 1991, he was admitted on the roll of solicitors and has since worked in the legal profession as a solicitor. He settled in Loughborough in 1995. Currently he is a director in a law firm in Leicester.

During his long career, one of his proudest moments, apart from the birth of his two children, was that he served the community as a JP. Being appointed and to serve as a magistrate in 2005 was an absolute honour for him. He sat on many cases in the magistrate’s court, dealing with adult criminal cases. One particular case concerned honour killing. This is where the idea about writing this book came from.

He has two children, Ali and Mariam.

Customer Reviews
5 reviews
5 reviews
  • Abbas Haji

    A very interesting novel showcasing the clash of older eastern cultures with western society whilst addressing important and prevalent topics that society sometimes shy away from. Fascinating how the characters develop over time. A real page turner, greatly enjoyed it!

  • Charlotte

    I've finished it! what a brilliant book!!! Even though I've had a busy weekend I couldn't help but read it cover to cover. It is the best book I've read in ages. Every time I put it down I thought... I'll just read one more chapter. It spans over decades but it flows so well as the characters you can't help but love all grow up and their situations and lives change. At first, I thought for sure it would be the dad who would be responsible... it was only when it said Saleena was going to return to the UK to try and get a divorce that I thought noooooo don't do it! I actually had tears when she was killed (I know it isn't real but I thought what about all those poor children back in Uganda!)
    I really love what he did with Abdel's character, how he jumped on the first chance at love and affection after growing up with care but not maternal love from his stepmother.
    It is a funny one as you get frustrated with Papaji and his old fashioned ways but you can't help but think he really does think he is doing what is best for his family. I did find myself calling him a silly old man in my head even though I know you should respect elders anyway I'm sad I have finished it already but I really enjoyed it.

  • Riz

    I loved the Price of Honour and have already got the sequel to read.

    Not only does the work portray respect for the time and dedication poured in by the writer but in my opinion allows the reader to also be imaginative, creating their own mini narrative journey whilst reading the book. The beauty of reading this book is that it creates a priceless experience which is unique for every reader. It certainly did for me.

    My usual reading genre is suspense and legal thrillers. This book was somewhat different to my usual read. As a first book this is an excellent narration, profoundly thought out and wonderfully executed. Kudos to the author.
    His use of language is really good. The flow is consistent. The author can be observed as being very diligent, writing with a lot of care and dedication. In short, excellent for effort and execution.
    This is fundamentally a family drama/documentary type of read. It takes a very close look on the traditional nuances and idiosyncrasies in the cultural backgrounds of the characters which, under normal circumstances would be very difficult for someone to articulate but, Nash has done an excellent job. The cultural and traditional use was good and I appreciate the author’s perspective.
    Who is this book for? I am sure anyone involved in work to do with family mediation, counselling, arbitration and or any form of family support services would find this extremely insightful.
    The articulation of the topic Nash has picked is not John Grisham, Lee Child, Dan Brown or Robert Ludlum (to name a few) but it’s on par and very close in articulation and execution (in my opinion), albeit for a very different genre and, demographic. Comparing Nash to these pronounced names is a compliment in its own right.

    That said, if there are any podcasters out there (being redirected to this book through some form of algorithmic search protocol) and who are geared towards discussing similar issues portrayed in this book with their listeners (read the authors summary) … I would strongly recommend that one, you read this book first and two, you invite the author to your show to discuss it and, speak to your viewers. I am sure it will be a priceless experience and, need I say more.
    To conclude this review, Nash, thank you for providing such a deep insight into the cultural references and traditional values which, I never would have been able to comprehend, under any other circumstance. I am truly glad I invested the time to read your book. I look forward to reading the sequel.

  • Matt

    What an amazing book, so descriptive! An absolutely thrilling narrative of young girls of Pakistani origin growing up in England in the 70s. “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott came to mind albeit that is about young women growing up in Massachusetts in the 1860’s. I like the bit where it says “So you are our knight in shining armor then?” .....” A what?”. What amazes me the most is the sensitivity with which it is written .......a sensitivity you would expect from a woman, not a guy!

    How beautifully has the author mirrored the young women's feelings in the story? I remember feeling very sad when I attended a Safeguarding training at my work that mentioned two honor killings. It was almost unbelievable for such an event to have occurred in the “modern-day” United Kingdom. Victims of culture, tradition, and false honor. A very impressive work I must say. Attention to detail.

  • Ash Sunassee

    Great insights. The world needs to read this.

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