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I am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb
  

I am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban

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Winner of the Specsavers Non-Fiction Book of the Year 2013.

The story of Malala Yousafzai whose bravery put her opponents to shame, her outspoken and passionate demand for a right to education changed her own life and that of her family. Hers really is that single voice that changed the world.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. This is the remarkable story of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who defied the Taliban and went to school. Shot in the head at point-blank range, she was not expected to survive. Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. With a passion and compassion that belies her years, she has humbled politicians and world leaders; she has inspired schoolchildren in the West innocent of the huge privilege that their education confers; and she has been an ambassador for tolerance and equal rights for girls and boys. It is fitting therefore that she has just been awarded the 2014 Nobel Prize for Peace.
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Synopsis

I am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

In 2009 Malala Yousafzai began writing a blog on BBC Urdu about life in the Swat Valley as the Taliban gained control, at times banning girls from attending school. When her identity was discovered, Malala began to appear in both Pakistani and international media, advocating the freedom to pursue education for all. In October 2011, gunmen boarded Malala's school bus and shot her in the face, a bullet passing through her head and into her shoulder. Remarkably, Malala survived the shooting. At a very young age, Malala Yousafzai has become a worldwide symbol of courage and hope. Her shooting has sparked a wave of solidarity across Pakistan, not to mention globally, for the right to education, freedom from terror and female emancipation.

Reviews

'Malala's evocation of place, beautifully and lovingly described, and her paean to her father with his own passion for education, are fascinating. But so is her toughness. She describes seeing a young girl selling oranges, clearly unable to read or write: I took a photo of her and vowed I would do everything in my power to help educate girls just like her. This was the war I was going to fight. This remarkable book is part memoir, part manifesto. I feel enriched from having read it. I also feel humbled. Our obsession with school performance is suddenly marginalised by a story in which education, quite literally, proves a matter of life and death.' - TES

'Malala's voice has the purity, but also the rigidity, of the principled. Whether she is being a competitive teenager and keeping track of who she beat in exams (and by how much) or writing about the blog for the BBC that catapulted her on to the international stage ... or talking about Pakistan's politicians ( useless ), Malala is passionate and intense. Her faith and her duty to the cause of girls education is unquestionable, her adoration for her father - her role model and comrade in arms - is moving and her pain at the violence carried out in the name of Islam is palpable.'

- Fatima Bhutto Guardian

About the Author

Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

Malala Yousafzai, the educational campaigner from Swat Valley, Pakistan, came to public attention by writing for BBC Urdu about life under the Taliban. Using the pen name Gul Makai, she often spoke about her family's fight for girls' education in her community. In October 2012 Malala was targeted by the Taliban and shot in the head as she was returning from school on a bus. She miraculously survived and continues her campaign for education. In recognition of her courage and advocacy, Malala was honoured with the National Peace Prize in Pakistan in 2011 and nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize in the same year. She is the youngest ever person nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. She was shortlisted for Time Magazine Person of the Year and has received numerous other awards. Malala continues to champion universal access to education through The Malala Fund, a non-profit organization investing in community-led education programs and supporting education advocates around the world.

Christina Lamb is one of the world's leading foreign correspondents. She has reported on Pakistan and Afghanistan since 1987. Educated at Oxford and Harvard, she is the author of five books and has won a string of awards, including Britain's Foreign Correspondent of the Year five times as well as the Prix Bayeux, Europe's most prestigious award for war correspondents. She currently works for the Sunday Times and lives between London and Portugal with her husband and son.

Author photo © Antonio Olmos

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Publication date

9th October 2014

Author

Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
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ISBN

9781780226583

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