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Princess - Jean Sasson

Paperback Published: 1st December 2004
ISBN: 9780553816952
Number Of Pages: 304

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In a land where Kings still rule, I am a Princess. You must know me only as Sultana, for I cannot reveal my true name for fear that harm will come to me and my family for what I am about to tell you. Think of a Saudi Arabian princess and what do you see? A woman glittering with jewels, living a life of unbelievable luxury. She has gold, palaces, swimming-pools, servants, designer dresses galore. But in reality she lives in a gilded cage. She has no freedom, no vote, no control over her own life, no value but as a bearer of sons.

Hidden behind the veil, she is a prisoner, her jailers her father, her husband, her sons. 'Sultana' is a member of the Saudi royal family, closely related to the King. For the sake of her daughters, she decided that it was time for a woman in her position to speak out about the reality of life for women in her country, whatever their rank. She tells of her own life, from her turbulent childhood to her arranged marriage - a happy one, until her husband decided to take a second wife - and of the lives of her sisters, her friends and her servants. In contrast to the affection and easy camaraderie amongst the women, she relates a history of appalling oppression against them, everyday occurrences that in any other culture would be seen as shocking human rights violations: forced marriages, servants bullied into sex slavery, summary executions. Princess is a testimony to a woman of indomitable spirit and great courage. By speaking out, 'Sultana' risked bringing the wrath of the Saudi establishment upon her head and upon the heads of her children. For this reason, she told her story anonymously.

Industry Reviews

"Unforgettable in content, fascinating in detail - a book to move you to tears" -- Fay Weldon, Mail on Sunday (Pick of the Year)
"Anyone with the slightest interest in human rights will find this book heart-wrenching... It had to come from a native woman to be believable" -- Betty Mahmoody, bestselling author of Not Without My Daughter
"Startling, frank and vivid" * Sunday Express *
"Gripping... fast-paced, enthralling" * Publishers Weekly *
"Princess is a mind-boggling look at the everyday life of a contemporary woman in the 21,000-member-strong royal family... absolutely riveting" * People magazine *

Really love this series


This is an awesome read



Great read. Very interesting.


Good read.





I wouldn't read this if you are feeling a bit low. It didn't improve my opinion of how women have been treated.

Kangaroo Is.


Good reaD


Very easy to read, a great insight into the lives of people, particularly the royals, within Saudi Arabia

melbourne au


Exceptional read


Great insight into other cultures and religions




4.6 5


ISBN: 9780553816952
ISBN-10: 0553816950
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 1st December 2004
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.9 x 10.8  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.15
Edition Number: 1

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