Reviews

“A gripping read with a broad appeal and incisive writing that doesn’t mince words. No Honour’s compelling main characters make it memorable and the heavy subject matter in handled the way it should have been – with empathy.”

Mashable

“Beautifully written and immersive, No Honour starts with a powerful opening that propels you into the shocking themes of the novel and leaves you rooting for Abida. Moving from a rural village in Pakistan to the busy streets of Lahore, Abida has to draw on all of her strength and spirit to survive. A must-read.”

Sarah Pearse, author of The Sanatorium

“While reading the book, one can feel how things get debauched and ambitions spiral out of one’s reach and control. This book arrests a reader’s attention till the end. There is hardly a dull moment in Awais Khan’s In the Company of Strangers. Read it. You may want to send a ‘thank you’ note to the novelist.”

Free Press Journal

“The loam of Awais Khan's stories is rich with wounding truths, numinous matters and cultural nourishment. This novel dives deep into the leitmotifs of Story--memory, love, loss, betrayal--and you are left reeling from an experience which is soul deep, and mind blowing and heart wrenching.”

Faiqa Mansab, author of 

This House of Clay and Water

“It takes courage to critique aspects of any culture, let alone one’s own. In No Honour, Awais Khan brings sharply into focus the troubling attitude towards women’s rights in parts of the subcontinent that allows acts of brutality - in thought and deed - to often go unpunished.  Couching his critique within the harrowing story of a young woman forced to flee her village because of a perceived loss of ‘honour’, Khan presents us with a shocking portrait of lives lived under the shadow of threat and prejudice. A brave book.”

Vaseem Khan, author of The Midnight at Malabar House

“No Honour is remarkable on many levels. Setting aside the perfectly paced story structure & the eloquent dialogue, what stands out for me are two hugely important factors. This story is a political indictment; an exposé of honour killing in Pakistan rendered with no let or hindrance. What makes it truly outstanding is, the author at no point exploits his female characters. We are exposed to the horrors without ever having to endure unnecessarily salacious detail. Awais Khan portrays Abida's terrible suffering so sensitively, but with such a clear & shrewdly implied visual, we are never complacent. He honours our intelligence, knowing we need only his perfectly nuanced words to be fully aware of the reality. The book is both shocking, deeply moving & hugely important.

Carol Lovekin, author of 

Wild Spinning Girls

A brilliant, unforgettable book that starts with perhaps the most shocking opening scene I’ve ever read in a literary novel. It’s rare that a book is “needed”, but perhaps this one is, as I'm not aware of any other novel that explores honour killings to such devastating effect. A masterpiece and strong contender for the best novel of 2021. Don’t miss it.”

Alan Gorevan, author of The Kindness of Psychopaths

Khan plays with the concept of honour, killings, and all the shades in between be it in settings rural, city, brothels, or domestic entrapments. Readers unfamiliar with the depths of dishonour will get a view at how, despite a girl’s best efforts, her life is so often out of her control and at the mercy of a husband, brother, father, community and even stranger’s benevolence. Khan writes about the dance between fathers and daughters, men and women, authority and no authority, and No Honour is a page turner.”

Soniah Kamal, author of Unmarriageable

‘From the first to the last page, Khan’s debut grips you and leaves you wanting for more. An utterly compelling insight into Pakistani high society, the glamour, the superficiality, the secrets, the pressures forced upon the young upper class to confine themselves to a certain ideal, even now in the twenty-first century. The description is so vivid, and written with such authenticity, you feel like you are there, walking the streets of Lahore, experiencing its sights and smells, living every moment.  A must-read for summer 2019 and I can’t wait to see what Khan produces next!’

A.A. Chaudhuri, author of 

She's Mine

“A beautifully rendered, moving and insightful novel, No Honour takes us deep into lives that many of us in the West probably know little about. Highly recommended, this book is not always an easy read but it is a compelling and rewarding one.”

Neema Shah, author of Kololo Hill

“To take such complex and intense themes and deliver them in a way that is both captivating and accessible for the reader is nothing short of brilliant. No Honour shines a light on modern day Pakistani society. A work of art.”

Liam Chennells, Entrepreneur

"In the Company of Strangers is a beautifully observed novel that opens a window on a milieu of Pakistani society that is seldom written about. His storytelling transports you to a far-flung world but the dilemmas his characters face will be familiar wherever you live." 

Anita Chaudhuri, Journalist

“To write a novel centred on honour killings in Pakistan is something few writers would attempt. But Awais Khan, has written an immensely powerful, important and significant book. But what also comes through is Awais Khan’s compassion. A sense of wanting to bring a difficult subject to light, so that society can tackle it and make the changes and progress that are so urgently needed. I recommend everyone read No Honour. It will shake you, anger and sadden you, but also one restores hope in the power of love to triumph over evil, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.”

Daily Times

“A novel that explores misogyny and honour killing, but which is also a compelling and compassionate story."

Anna Mazzola, author of 

The Story Keeper

“This is a powerful and shocking story that exposes horrific acts of violence perpetrated on young women and babies by their own families, and the hypocrisy and injustice still rife in some communities in their treatment of women. The author confronts these challenging issues through sensitive characterisation and a gripping plot that, despite the brutality he unveils, ultimately provides hope for change. Khan transports you to the villages of rural Pakistan and to the city of Lahore through the eyes of 16-year-old Abida, who wants to make a home with the man she loves. A compelling, brave and uplifting read for our time.” 

Eve Smith, author of 

The Waiting Rooms