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Written is the heart-wrenching story of a young girl’s struggle for freedom, and the uncovering of an intricate plan laced around forty years of secrets, betrayal and lies, in a family desperate to preserve their culture and honour.

Four-year-old Eleanor is forced to accept her mother’s religious beliefs, that her whole life has already been written, and that she has no c
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Kindle Edition, 526 pages
Published December 9th 2019 by Loving Creative Inspirational Publishing
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Coco.V
Apr 13, 2020 marked it as to-read
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Nandini Mahale
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Title- Written- A Story of Love, Secrets, Betrayal and Honour
Author- D.A. Lee
Genre- Fiction
Format- Kindle
Pages- 526

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Reading about Life stories about Strong Women who fought and took a stand against injustice have always inspired me.

Similarly, Written is a story of a young girl who struggles for basic freedom, because her family under the name of religion and in a desperate feeling to preserve their culture impose rules on her which are different for her brothers of same house.

Sinc
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Priya
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
”I wasn’t born for it all to be written for me. I was born to write it.”

The story is about the life of a girl who strives to overcome the barriers and struggles a religion imposes on a woman during her lifetime. The story is narrated front he perspective of the protagonist Eleanor.

Eleanor is a girl in a Muslim family where her parents have already instilled in her mind which they think Allah has written for her. She has been told from the beginning how women should be covered from top to bottom
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Lauren Jones
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
To have the freedom of religion is a powerful feeling that one can embrace with pride, joy, and self-revelation. To be forced into abiding by a religion is complete oppression. It can be belittling, detrimental to one’s mind, body, and spirit. A religion where men can dominate over women to the point that women are not free to live their best life is crippling. To read this story, you’ll have to fully open your mind to the ways of another culture. This is a riveting story following a little girl ...more
Tanishq Rajmani
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The cover of this book is very unique and attractive. The title is apt for the book.

The story is about a Four-year-old Eleanor who is forced to accept her mother's religious beliefs, that her whole life has already been written, and that she has no choice but to honour and accept her parents' plans for her.
Subject to abuse by an Islamic teacher, and witness to scenes of violence inflicted by her father, Eleanor finds her only refuge at school, where she dreams of a life beyond the hills of her
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manideep
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book name:- Written: A Heartbreaking story of love, secrets, Betrayal and Honour
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This is a very emotional and multi-faceted book. This story is about cultural issues, love, marriage, and a lot more things. While readers reading this book they will get so emotional.
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I don't tell how the story began, if I tell this then I will spoil this story.
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So, then the story is about a girl and her painful journey. The girl name Eleanor wants nothing more than t
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Manav
Nov 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written is the heart-wrenching story of the fight for independence for a young girl, and the uncovering of an elaborate plot laced with secrets, betrayal and lies for about forty years, in a family desperate to maintain their culture and honour.A strong feeling that one can accept with dignity, joy, and self-revelation is to have the freedom of faith.You'll have to fully open your mind to the ways of another culture in order to read this tale. Following a little girl as she tries to find her gol ...more
Jodie
Nov 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was sooooo good. It will tug at every feeling you can imagine having. While you are experiencing all of those feelings, there are so many life lessons that apply to anybody within the book. I was highlighting so many important lessons for myself. I felt sorry for the lead character in that all she wanted to do was gain approval and love of her parents, in particular more her mother, and in that process she lost herself and felt isolated and unloved. She was raised with Muslim beliefs a ...more
Neha
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book "Written" is a absolute masterpiece of writing by D.A.Lee . The fact that this book was written by personal experience makes it much more valuable for the reading experience.

The book cover is so apt and so amazingly thought of and it's peeks the interest of the readers just right amount. The book is 500+ pages long, so it's a bit of long read but the author has managed to keep the attention of the readers throughout the reading.

"Follow the heart and what it's tell cause that's every w
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Devanshu Sharma
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Title- Written- A Story of Love, Secrets, Betrayal and Honour
Author- D.A. Lee

When I first saw this cover, I was lost in many thoughts, like what an interesting and very deep cover this one is.

That sad face is hiding so many emotions yet those tears are giving us a hint of the pain and are totally making us feel a connection with the book.

Talking about the plot, this is a book which many will relate to.

Eleanor, our main protagonist of this book is a Muslim girl, who witnesses many hardships dur
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Dalene W.
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must read

While this book does contain a heartbreaking theme regarding domestic violence, it brings it out in the open in ways I had never considered, through arranged marriages and misguided faith. This book opened my eyes and I loved the main character, who overcame so much by preserving and finding real love for herself.
Ishan Agrawal
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
It feels so wrong when someone's existence and identity are connected to their religion and gender and not to his or her true self. A particular sect of people who only curb the liberty and basic rights of their better halves and then talk about Freedom Of expression in every single sense reeks of their double standards.

The tale revolves around Eleanor born in Muslim family and hence is forced to cover herself from head to toe. The kind of oppression she faces on a daily basis and how her indepe
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Vanshika
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful Read.

Written is a heart wrenching story of a 4 year old girl who struggles for her own freedom. The story revolves around Eleanor who is forced to believe her mother's ritual practices when she don't want to but she has to for her parent'. She believes that her life has been already written. She can only see her dreams fulfilling at her school and looks beyond the parameter of the hills of her hometown of Ashcroft, England. You will get to know about her teacher and how she behaves wi
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Harmanpreet Kaur
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Written by D.A. Lee is a heart-wrenching read. The story depicts how some beliefs are controlling the lives and instead of enlightening the life how the beliefs stultifying the lives.

The protagonist Eleanor is a Muslim girl, who is living in London. Being raised in a male dominant family, she has been taught to be submissive, never talk back to males. Her mother always told her that her fate is written by god and she can’t change a bit of it. Everything from eating, dressing, behaving, walking,
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Om Kini
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Narration is 😍😍

It is believed in many religions that our life is already witten by the lord, we are here for a propose and are a part of a grand plan but is it really true?

the book is written from the perspective of Eleanor, our protagonist. Being just 4 year old, she believes that her parents are right that she don't have any choice to choose from cuz all is already "written". She don't have any control on how to dress, what to eat, were to go, be friends with, etc. She has to follow the same
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Natasha
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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K
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gripping! I found myself completely enthralled with Eleanor's story. Knowing that this book has been inspired by the author's personal experiences makes me see it in a whole new light. This is essential reading for every person who faces domestic violence and subjugation. But it is also invitation to the rest to find their own truth and hold on to it. I do wish the book had a glossary though. Might make it a tad easier for those not familiar with terms from South Asian languages. ...more
Shanara
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
- What a beautiful brilliant lovely read! Really gripping that one could not put the book down. Truly wonderful and inspiring of how Eleanor managed to cope and there were so many golden nuggets of wisdom for us all to relearn and remember and adhere too! Simply loved it! Thank you.
Donna Freie
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful!

A very well-written story. Even though it is a work of fiction, it reads as if it is a true story. Be sure to read the author's note. Highly recommend!
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Shiny  Jain
Nov 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
🌟What if your entire existence was based on someone else's story, someone else's dreams, someone else's expectations, someone else's lies?
This is not life, if you are not living for yourself, you are not doing right to yourself🌟

✍️The cover of this book itself tells a story, beautifully designed and matching with the storyline. Written is the heart-wrenching story of a young girl’s struggle for freedom, and the uncovering of an intricate plan laced around forty years of secrets, betrayal and lies
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Deesh
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! A total page turner. As a British south Asian, I could relate with Eleanor in so many aspects and felt every word.

A very emotional intense read but brilliant. Stuck between 2 worlds, western and eastern...being careful of not bringing shame on family...being taught how to cook by my mother in order to prepare me for marriage...not allowed boyfriends especially if they were different caste/religion but yet falling in love..pressure of marriage, all this I could relate to. Also the bit of hav
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Jane L. Runneals
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Hard to put down

This book really gets to the heart in many ways. It is a look into Bengali culture, arranged marriage and the unspoken horrors of domestic abuse in many of these marriages. But it is also a story of deep familial love, redemption,00 and the ties that bind us together through the years. A good and interesting read that I would recommend.
amanda ardley
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written

I loved this book beautifully written I just couldnt put it down deeply insightful about subjects that are complicated and never black or white
Shereemckenzie
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Truly amazing

All I can say is amazing I could not put it down I know there are difficulties in marriages but it truly opened my eyes !
Michelle Moulin
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was confusing a tad bit at first, but once I understood the characters, the book was difficult to put down. Interesting read.
susan stanley
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant read

Brilliant book couldn’t put it down it explained everything it must have been so hard to be in that situation puts life into prospective
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D.A. Lee is a Bangladeshi-born British author, artist and poet, best known for her novel 'Written' published in 2019. Raised in a small town in Lancashire, England, Lee describes the cultural challenges of growing up in a Bengali household whilst navigating a western world.

Lee's novel, whilst fictional, draws on many of her own experiences of growing up in a Muslim family and explores the underwor
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