Killing Honour by Bali Rai

Killing Honour

Written by Bali Rai

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Thoughtful and deeply moving, this book packs a hard punch. From the moment that his sister Jas disappears, Sat knows that something serious has gone wrong. Accused by her husband of running off with a boyfriend, Jas just vanishes. While his family accept the story and lie low, ‘shamed’ by her behaviour, Sat refuses to believe that his sister would ever do such a thing. Risking his life, Sat’s search for the truth involves uncovering the corruption and violence at the heart of his brother-in-law’s business operations. More importantly, it involves challenging the Sikh community’s frightening view of ‘honour’. Bali Rai writes with enormous conviction and great understanding.


Killing Honour by Bali Rai

'Honour,' I repeated, wondering how such a small word could have caused so much trouble. When Sat's sister, Jas, is married off into the Atwal family she changes, she's quiet and distant. But Sat's too busy with his own life; his girlfriend, his friends, football ...Then Jas disappears. According to her new husband, she's run off with another man. Her family disown her; don't seem to care if she's ever found. But Sat doesn't believe it. Something has happened to his sister and he's determined to figure out what. But his investigations take him into dark and dangerous territory ...This is a powerful, hard-hitting teen thriller on the controversial topic of honour killing, by multi-award-winning author Bali Rai.

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Rai never shies away from difficult topics, and here tackles the controversial issue of honour killings. It's utterly compelling, and will be much-debated -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller

About the Author

Bali Rai

I was born in Leicester in 1971 and have lived there for most of my life apart from the five years I spent in London, doing a bit of uni work and a whole lot of other stuff. I eventually graduated in Politics ( I think my professor took pity on me ) from Southbank University in 1994. Upon leaving uni I decided that I had to get a job and join the real world. This led to a period in which I did some really boring jobs, like selling random things over the phone, managing the stacking of shelves and letting people into a cinema (all roles which obviously required a deep knowledge of Marxist philosophy ).

I came back to Leicester in 1995 with no money and a distant dream about becoming the next Sue Townsend and eventually found myself managing a bar and then a nightclub. Now I'm not saying that it was particularly hard work - it was fun - but at the same time I started to write the story that would become (un)arranged marriage, my first novel for teenagers.

My own influences are wide-ranging. My favourite writers are Roald Dahl, Sue Townsend and crime writers such as James Lee Burke, James Ellroy and Walter Mosely. I'm an avid fan of Reggae Music and artists such as Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Dennis Brown, amongst others, not only have me singing along (badly) but inform much of the way that I look at the World and things in it.

Bali is Booktrust's online writer in residence. Click here to read his blog.

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336 pages
Interest Age: From 12


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Corgi Childrens an imprint of Random House Children's Books

Publication date

2nd June 2011




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