"Selina is a superb character - very easy to like and empathise with, and her voice feels completely natural and real. I also love the way Abda has woven in the various strands about culture and identity, and the cultural clash that takes place in the homes and hearts of South Asian families in Britain. The differing viewpoints of Selina and her mother come across very sharply, but with a warmth that's often lacking. I found the story to be dark and shocking in places, but this only added to my enjoyment of it. Stained showcases what, for me, is the often almost hopeless reality of life for so many girls, and the ending, although sad, is refreshingly honest and real. I love that it's set in Bradford and Brum, and that Abda has left no stone unturned, especially in dealing with patriarchy and the predatory nature of some men. I thoroughly enjoyed it."
—Bali Rai, British Asian teenage fiction writer. His books have been shortlisted for awards across the UK, including twice for the Book Trust Teenage Prize shortlist. Rani and Sukh represented the UK at the International IBBY, and Dream On was selected for the Book Trust’s inaugural Booked Up list.
“"Stained is a gripping read. 10/10 would read again."
--Muslimah Media Watch
“This book was a page turner! Totally gripping, and inspiring.”
—Dr Sanna Rashid, New Jersey, USA
“Stained is a vitally important novel for the British Asian community. It unearths truths that have long simmered beneath the surface, and Khan is extremely brave to bring them to light.”
-Desi Blitz, UK
“A real page turner -- shocking in so many ways but so very real, I was so pleased that it had such a feminist stance…so good to hear that take on life.”
--Mary Dowson, Director and Founder of BCB Radio, UK
"Khan has written a contemporary Tess of the D’Urbervilles, a heart-wrenching and engrossing tale that challenges the definition of morality through the story of a wronged young woman fighting to come to terms with harsh realities and finding empowerment along the way." booklistonline.com/Stained-Khan-Abda/pid=8274062
— Booklist, Caitlin Brown
“Stories like Stained are an important aspect of the ongoing conversations around sexual assault and rape culture. It’s clear that Khan cares deeply about this issue and wanted to explore it with the respect and nuance it deserves. What I enjoyed most about this novel was how ultimately, the story was about Selina’s strength and growth as a survivor. This feminist message strengthens the story and provides an important perspective."
--Read Diverse Books, USA
“I really appreciated this story. I loved the character of Selina and her story. Despite facing such awful adversity and horrible trauma, she remained strong. She did her best to keep moving forward and learning to find herself despite all she’s faced….There’s so much to like about this book. Khan’s writing style allows us to fully understand Selina’s action and her situation.”
“Stained examines the pressures of cultural taboos and sensitivities faced by women in society, and how they affect their life profoundly. Ultimately, it explores human endurance in the face of extreme adversity, and the extent to which, eventually, one is left with nothing but hope. The plot and characters draw the reader in from the very first page. Abda Khan has skilfully produced a novel that is both compelling and thought-provoking. A thoroughly captivating book.”
—Julian Knight, Member of the British Parliament, former BBC Journalist
“Khan (has been praised) for her simple style, eloquence and honest storytelling. Her authenticity and down-to-earth approach to a compelling and emotional story are brave and refreshing.”
-Anokhi Media, Canada
"It’s a very well-written book, engaging and definitely recommendable. Riveting descriptions bring the story to life, especially in the most emotive passages...definitely a page turned that will keep you hooked".
-Eastern Eye, UK
“Stained, draws readers in with the effortless combination of an intense storyline that is tinged with elements of the unexpected. Khan’s skillful characterization facilitates a relationship with the heroine, and allows the reader to become immersed in her world.”
--Asian Lite News, UK
"(Abda Khan) is a voice for many women who are subjected to submission, she fights for women’s rights, she fights for justice, she faces her fears, she’s a mother, she’s a wife and she’s simply an inspiration."
“An inspiring and empowering story about a young British Muslim girl’s determination for independence and self-regulation. Selina’s story is captivating, with so many twists and turns that I read it in one sitting!”
—Mrs Rehana Hanif, Yorkshire, UK – Reviewer
"Through the compelling plot and carefully structured narrative, Khan gives voice to women whose stories are rarely heard and raises a series of complex and challenging cultural, social and moral questions.”
---Yorkshire Post, UK
"Thoroughly enjoying reading Stained. Fast paced, complex and heartbreaking."
---Irenosen Okojie, Author
“Khan is a fresh voice in British-Asian literature. Stained is fast-paced and enjoyable. Selina is deep and impressive.”
“Khan’s characterisation and dramatic plot speak for women who currently do not have a voice at all, and expose the traumatic abuse faced by women in many cultures.”
--South Asian Post, Canada
ABDA KHAN Writer ~ Speaker ~ Lawyer
"The prose throughout was melodic and, though dark at points, maintained a poetic beauty I admire. Though this is first person narrative from Selina's perspective, I feel Abda Khan painted the rest of the characters in ways that made them live and breathe from the pages...this book touched me deeply...
--Betwixt the Pages Review
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