Endorsement

“Enormously compelling … like something out of Dickens, yet true. It has the power to move with an epic sweep, yet it is intensely personal. It is tailor-made for the cinema and I cannot think of a more worthy project to make happen!”
– Jack Sholder, Hollywood Film Director, Nightmare on Elm Street II among other films

“A Voice out of Poverty is riveting and essential reading. It authentically lifts the silence that hangs over the lives of the poor and the severe challenges and stigmas faced by British families who stayed in India after India’s independence. Jillian Haslam’s harrowing account is full of deep insight about the crushing ways in which gender discrimination, class, corruption, and injustice shape possibility. And yet, we are lifted by Haslam’s triumph when she forges the opportunity to succeed—only to bring others with her.”
– Joanna Lumley, actress, TV producer, activist

“Jillian Haslam’s inspirational memoir, A Voice out of Poverty, is a coming of age story of courage, survival and inner strength which illuminates the human condition in all its squalor and glory.”
– Vikas Swarup, writer of Slumdog Millionnaire (Q & A)

“As someone who grew up in Canada, I had almost zero knowledge about the Anglo-Indian community, its history, and the prejudices it faces. In this raw and honest memoir, Jillian Haslam shares her family’s struggles, but also the power of story to help survive and overcome the worst traumas. An inspiring page-turner.”
– Farzana Doctor, award-winning author of Six Metres of Pavement and All Inclusive

“Jillian Haslam’s story is one of the most harrowing and triumphant I have ever read. Just when you think things couldn’t get any more tragic, it does. One hardship after another, this woman had the fortitude to not just persevere, but to create a new standard of what it means to give back. Her stirring spirit is a beacon of much needed light in today’s world.”
– Sheetal Sheth, actress, producer, author, activis

“A Voice out of Poverty by Jillian Haslam is a powerful and transformative read. Taking inspiration from her hero, Mother Teresa, Jillian ‘does ordinary things with extraordinary love’ and has helped thousands of children to escape poverty through the work of Remedia Trust, the charity she founded. The greatest gift this book offers, however, is the living proof that poverty and discrimination does not have to define our lives and that forgiveness, gratitude and generosity can reshape our future.”
—Dr. Elizabeth Jordan, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

“Jillian and I worked closely together for three years, and it was clear from day one that she was truly extraordinary. Even so, I had no idea of the many obstacles she had to overcome until reading this book. Her incredible success is in no way surprising, and her life story is as inspirational as it is shocking. A must read!”
– Dave Wexler, Managing Director, West Monroe Partners, New York (Formerly SVP, ABN AMRO Bank, London)

“… more than a singular memoir of achievement, but a broader inspection of how personal experience can drive social and political change… A Voice out of Poverty’s powerful message needs to be heard. This memoir should not be limited to library autobiography sections alone, but should be made part of book and social issues discussion groups, studies on contemporary Indian society, and examinations of the changing roles of women in leadership positions.
– Midwest Book Review

“A Voice out of Poverty is a vivid, harrowing, and inspiring account of survival, triumph, and a career in charitable outreach.”
– Foreword Reviews

“A beautiful story of resiliency that never shies away from the horrors and hardships that made Haslam the woman she is today. Recommended for fans of Brené Brown and those who enjoy self-empowerment books.”
– Library Journal

“A moving and uplifting memoir about one woman and her family’s battle against soul-crushing poverty….testimony to the indomitable human spirit.”
– BookLife Review

“A remarkable account that captures the horror of hardship and the power of charity.”
– Kirkus Review (starred review)