Ferzanna Riley Ferzanna Riley was born in Pakistan and brought up in Lancashire where she attended a sixth form convent. Having studied journalism for two years, she did work experience on the Ealing Gazette and Harrow Observer before returning to university to do a law degree in London and studied Public and International Law at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. Following major heart surgery in 2002, Ferzanna has now become a full time writer, campaigner, broadcaster and after dinner speaker. Ferzanna’s debut book, Unbroken Spirit which details her harrowing early life, has generated enormous media interest, following serialisation in the Mail On Sunday. As author and campaigner, she has been in demand for interviews in newspapers, magazines and BBC and independent radio where she frequently participates in live phone in debates, being a repeat guest on the hugely popular James Whale TalkSport, Her television appearances include ITV’s This Morning and Sky News. Having suffered first hand experience, Ferzanna is at the forefront of raising awareness of ‘honour crimes’. Outspoken and controversial, never fearing to say what others only dare to think, she is often called upon for her opinions upon subjects that range from Islam, school bullies to domestic violence, all of which she has first hand experience of and which she writes about in her book. Furthermore, as a female who converted from Islam to Christianity some years ago, her public opinions stir up both support and controversy from within the British Muslim communities Emerging as the UK's foremost campaigner for ethnic victims of child abuse, Ferzanna is now a director and international representative of Roshni (Urdu meaning light) a charity that highlights abuse in all its forms within the ethnic minority communities (see www.roshni.co.uk) Unbroken Spirit Inspiring true story of a Muslim who refused to be enslaved by her culture Published July 2007 978 0340 94348 9 HB £12.99 East meets West in this true-life story of a spirited Muslim who couldn’t conform to a life bound by tradition. Beaten for not being the perfect Muslim daughter, she finds her life threatened by those who should have protected her, all in the name of ‘honour’. This is the incredible true story of Ferzanna Riley, a Pakistani girl who refused to be broken. Raised in a culture where a woman must be silent and obedient, her feisty spirit meant she was labelled a troublemaker. Her violent childhood transformed her into a desperate and suicidal teenager, leading her to question the faith and culture she had been born into. Fearing she would end up murdered by her father or in prison for murdering him in self defence, at the age of 21 Ferzanna fled to London to escape her life of domestic drudgery and violence, being joined by her younger sister two years later. Naively believing herself free at last, she was on the verge of achieving her life long ambition to become a BBC journalist when a shocking turn of events changed her life forever. Tragically for this brave young woman, her unmarried state was perceived as bringing shame and dishonour to the family and through treachery and emotional blackmail, Ferzanna and her sister were tricked into going to Pakistan. Their passports and tickets confiscated, they were held captive and threatened with gang rape and murder unless they submitted to marriage to strangers in order to regain the ‘honour’ which their parents felt had been destroyed. A real page turner! Brilliantly written, inspiring, moving and yet unexpectedly hilarious and uplifting, this astonishing story paints a picture of an amazing woman who broke the cycle of abuse, surviving against all the odds and who dared to live happily ever after!