*Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize*
'Malala is an inspiration to girls and women all over the world' J K Rowling
'Inspirational and powerful' GRAZIA
'For sheer inspiration read I Am Malala' SUNDAY TIMES
'A tale of immense courage and conviction' INDEPENDENT
'She has the heart and courage of a lioness and is a true inspiration' Lorraine Kelly, THE SUN
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday, 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price when she was shot in the head at point-blank range.
Malala Yousafzai's extraordinary journey has taken her from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations. She has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and is the youngest ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.
'Malala is an inspiration to girls and women all over the world' JK Rowling
'Moving and illuminating' Observer
'Inspirational and powerful' Grazia
'Her story is astonishing' Spectator
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Upon awakening from a medically induced coma in a Birmingham hospital, 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai starts to piece together the events that carried her so far away from her home in Pakistan’s remote Swat Valley. I Am Malala details the heroic story of how she came to defy the Taliban by becoming a spokesperson for girls’ education—and was shot in the head for standing up for her convictions. This utterly compelling memoir alternates between fascinating insight into the radical Islamisation of the author’s beloved region and the diary-like observations of a headstrong teenager with a thing for the Twilight series, the colour pink and her backpack full of textbooks. Among all the tragedy and horrors that befall Malala’s homeland, her portrayal of her remarkable parents offers a beacon of hope. It’s thanks to the love and support of her illiterate, devout and compassionate mother (whose charity to relatives, neighbours and strangers knows no bounds) and her determined and open-minded father (who fights tooth and nail to run a school for both boys and girls) that this amazing survivor has become a globally recognised advocate for human rights.
Yousafzai, the Pakistani teen who captured worldwide attention and admiration after surviving a violent attack from militant forces opposed to female education in her region, introduces the audio edition of her memoir with the same enthusiastic oratorical style that characterized her appearance before the United Nations. Emmy-winner Panjabi (The Good Wife) reads with a balanced tone that manages to embody both Yousafzai's youthful zeal and the seasoned perspective of coauthor and foreign correspondent Lamb. Panjabi's narration effectively evokes the attachment of Yousafzai to her community, and her enunciation and pronunciation lends authenticity to the production. A helpful PDF with color photos, a glossary, and a timeline is also included. A Little, Brown hardcover.
Malala is a global figure, courageous and inspirational. Of course like everyone else around at the time I knew her story from the media but I had never got around to reading her story in her own words. It is so much more powerful to do this, though I did find some of it (the political parts, acronyms) a bit hard going - Note: there is a glossary at the back.
It is clear that Malala has a strong yearning to return to live in Pakistan and it wouldn’t surprise me if one day she were to be a politician in her home country but how many years in the future that may be is anyone’s guess. I wouldn’t think she is in any danger from the Taliban now; to kill her would be to make her a martyr and even more influential, however threats to her family could be a way of silencing her. In the meantime a good education (Oxford University) will stand her in good stead if she does indeed wish to follow in the footsteps of her role model Benazir Bhutto and her Malala Fund and campaigning is doing good around the world. I wish her all the best in her future.
I found this book a fascinating. Reading about daily life in the Swat valley was very interesting.
Thank you Malala.
What about the other girls who were injured or shot dead while they stood up against Taliban??