|Publisher:||Lincoln, Frances Limited|
|Sold by:||Barnes & Noble|
|File size:||508 KB|
|Age Range:||12 - 15 Years|
About the Author
Rosemary Hayes lives and works in Cambridgeshire. She has written numerous books for children including historical and contemporary fiction and fantasy – many of which have been shortlisted for awards. She is also a reader for an authors’ advisory service and enjoys helping unpublished writers to hone their skills. Rosemary lived in Australia for six years, and her first children's novel Race Against Time, set in Australia, was runner-up for the Kathleen Fidler Award. Rosemary's first Frances Lincoln book, Mixing It, about the relationship between a Muslim girl and a non Muslim boy against a background of terrorism, was shortlisted for the South Lanarkshire Book Award. Her next book, Payback, is based on the actual experiences of a young Muslim woman who was brave enough to defy her family and reject the husband chosen for her.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Halima is one of four children; she has two older brothers, and a sister, Asma. They are brought up in a Pakistani village mainly by their dear mother Ammi because their father, Baba, is often away. He eventually decides that they should move to London, and that his children will get a good education. After a brief but expected period of adjustment, Halima finds that she enjoys her studies and her life in England very much. Then her sister reveals that Halima is to be married to a very arrogant, hard hearted man who acts like Halima is a piece of property. In fact, he actually tells her, "You are owed to me." Indeed, this turns out to be true; Baba promised his younger daughter to a man who helped him out in a business deal, and now the time has come to repay the debt, and the payment is Halima. It turns out she has no say in the matter, and her family expects her to fulfill her duty and marry this man. She feels she cannot possibly do this. Payback is based on the real life story of a Muslim woman who was brave enough to defy her family and reject the husband who had been chosen for her. It is both thrilling and shocking, and provides a glimpse into matters that are quite complex and timely. A very gripping read.