15-year old campaigner sells her story for £2 million

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai has shown extraordinary bravery in her short life so far. The 15-year-old from Pakistan became an outspoken advocate for women's education, after she started writing a blog on the BBC Urdu service.

Last year she was shot by the Taliban. Now she has sold her story.
The deal was announced by Arzu Tahsin, deputy publishing director, of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, who said the book would be available around the world from this autumn.

According to the Guardian, Yousafzai will receive £2 million: she will tell her story, and underline the plight of the 61 million children who are unable to get access to education.

Her story

It's a shocking story. She started the blog, under the pseudonym Gul Makai, after the Taliban took control of the area she lived in and banned girls from going to school. The area in question changed hands repeatedly, but whenever the Taliban seized control, the ban would be put in place.

Her identify became widely known after she appeared in a New York Times documentary, and she became a media spokesperson, fighting for the right of girls to go to school. At the end of 2011 she was awarded Pakistan's first National Youth Peace Prize.

However, ten months later, she was shot in the head on board a school bus and left for dead. She was flown to the UK, where she was treated at a hospital in Birmingham. Now, five months later, she has returned to school.

In the interim she has become the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, her father has been appointed a UN educational advisor, and the UN has created Malala Day. A charitable fund has also been set up in her name, to promote the education and empowerment of girls in Pakistan and the world.

The book

The BookTrade.info service reported Tahsin's words: "This book will be a document to bravery, courage and vision. Malala is so young to have experienced so much and I have no doubt that her story will be an inspiration to readers from all generations who believe in the right to education and the freedom to pursue it"

Michael Pietsch, executive vice president and publisher of Little, Brown and Company - which has the worldwide right to the book - added: "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."

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