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

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

I come from a country which was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday. When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday 9 October 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price. Shot in the head at point blank range while riding the bus home from school, few expected her to survive. Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in Northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, and of Malala's parents' fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons. It will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

Reviews

'One of the more moving details in I am Malala, the memoir Malala has written with journalist Christina Lamb, is that her mother was due to start learning to read and write on the day Malala was shot - 9 October 2012.' -- Kamila Shamsie THE GUARDIAN

'Malala Yousafzai's story begins with her parents being commiserated with after producing a baby girl. In their part of northern Pakistan, she says, rifle shots ring out in celebration of a baby boy's arrival. But there is no such fanfare for females: their destiny is to cook and clean, to be neither seen nor heard...So how did Malala, who barely warranted a mention in her family's genealogy, become destined for the history books as a powerful symbol for girls
universal right to an education? Her memoir I AM MALALA tells us how.' -- Baroness Wasi DAILY TELEGRAPH

'This memoir brings out her best qualities. You can only admire her courage and determination. Her thirst for education and reform appear genuine. She also has an air of innocence, and there is an indestructible confidence. She speaks with such poise that you forget that Malala is 16.' -- Ziauddin Sardar THE TIMES

'Her story is astonishing.' -- Owen Bennett-Jones THE SPECTATOR

'The medical team that saved Malala; her own stoicism and resilience; the support of her family, now, again in exile, this time in Birmingham; Malala's level-headed resolve to continue to champion education and children's rights - these are all powerful reminders of the best in human nature. Much of the money Malala has been awarded has gone to the Malala fund (www.malalafund.org). Please join my mission, she asks. It's vital that those of us who can, do.' -- Yvonne Roberts THE OBSERVER

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

8th October 2013

Author

Malala Yousafzai, Christina Lamb

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Hardback
288 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
All Shortlists and Winners

Autobiography: historical, political & military
Human rights

Education

ISBN

9780297870913

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