Malala Yousafzai book: Pakistan schoolgirl who defied the Taliban signs deal ‘worth £2m’

Mar 28, 2013 by

Hopes story will be part of campaign to give every child right to go to school

A 15-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban as she returned home from school has signed a book deal worth a reported £2m.

Malala Yousafzai’s book will tell the story about the traumatic event and her long-running campaign to promote children’s education.

Publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson announced that it would release ‘I Am Malala’ in Britain and Commonwealth countries in the autumn. Little, Brown and Co. will publish the 15-year-old’s memoir in the United States and much of the rest of the world.

A Taliban gunman shot Malala last October in north western Pakistan. The militant group said it targeted her because she promoted ‘Western thinking’ and, through a blog, had been an outspoken critic of the Taliban’s opposition to educating girls.

The shooting sparked outrage in Pakistan and many other countries, and her story drew global attention to the struggle for women’s rights in Malala’s homeland. The teen even made the shortlist for Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2012.

The teenager said she hoped telling her story would be ‘part of the campaign to give every boy and girl the right to go to school.’

‘I hope the book will reach people around the world, so they realize how difficult it is for some children to get access to education,’ she said.

‘I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61 million children who can’t get education.’

The Guardian has reported the book deal to be worth £2 million.

Following the attack Malala was brought to the U.K. for treatment and spent several months in a hospital undergoing skull reconstruction and cochlear implant surgeries.

Malala Yousafzai, pictured with her family, as she was nursed back to health in Britain after being shot in the head

Malala Yousafzai, pictured with her family, as she was nursed back to health in Britain after being shot in the head


 

The teenager started her British education earlier this month at a school in Birmingham

The teenager started her British education earlier this month at a school in Birmingham

She was released last month and earlier this month she started school again in Birmingham.

Michael Pietsch, executive vice president and publisher of Little, Brown, said: ‘Malala is already an inspiration to millions around the world.

‘Reading her story of courage and survival will open minds, enlarge hearts, and eventually allow more girls and boys to receive the education they hunger for.’

Campaigners gather for a vigil for Malala Yousafzai, in Birmingham’s Victoria Square, in October last year

via Malala Yousafzai book: Pakistan schoolgirl who defied the Taliban signs deal ‘worth £2m’ | Mail Online.

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