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    DescriptionBeauty - in both name and appearance - is a twenty-year-old Bangladeshi, back in England having disgraced her family by fleeing an abusive arranged marriage. Forced onto the jobseeker's treadmill and under extreme domestic pressure, she cracks and runs away. Her encounters with officialdom, fellow claimants, and strangers in the city streets, complicated by the restrictions and comfort of her language and culture, place her at the mercy of such unlikely helpers as Mark, a friendly, Staffordshire bull terrier-breeding exoffender, and Peter, a middle-class underachiever on the rebound from a bitter relationship. With determination and good humour, Beauty moves ever closer to making her choice between family duty and personal freedom. All the while, however, her brothers are searching for her across town. Can she make the choice herself, before she's forced to? A sharply rendered, compassionate and challenging portrait of a fragmented, multicultural urban England.


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    Title
    Beauty
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Raphael Selbourne
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 336
    Width: 127 mm
    Height: 197 mm
    Thickness: 19 mm
    Weight: 276 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780955647673
    ISBN 10: 0955647673
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: GEN
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F1.1
    BIC subject category V2: FA
    B&T General Subject: 360
    B&T Book Type: FI
    DC22: FIC, 823.92
    B&T Merchandise Category: TXT
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 78
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
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    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21110
    Ingram Subject Code: FC
    BISAC V2.8: FIC051000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: FIC019000
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    LC classification: PR6119.E44 B43 2009
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    Thema V1.0: FBA
    Publisher
    Profile Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Tindal Street Press
    Publication date
    01 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Born in Oxford within a distinguished academic family, Raphael studied politics at Sussex University, before moving to Italy where he was a translator, sold TV advertising and scooters. He has also taught in China and since 2004 in the West Midlands, where he now lives. He interrupted an MA in Islamic Studies at Birmingham University to write Beauty.
    Review quote
    "Shocking, explosive, and tender--I could not put it down." --Maggie Gee, author, "The White Family"