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Moving and illuminating -- Catherine Bennett ― OBSERVER

For sheer inspiration read
I Am Malala -- Kirsty Brimelow ― THE TIMES

Not only powerful, but also very instructive about the recent history of Pakistan and the pressures of everyday life there. One finishes the book full of admiration both for Malala, and for her father, who has clearly inspired her ―
THE SUNDAY TIMES

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 Warsi ― DAILY TELEGRAPH

One of the more moving details in
I Am Malala 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

Her story is astonishing -- Owen Bennett-Jones ―
SPECTATOR

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 Malala is 16 -- Ziauddin Sardar ―
THE TIMES

Inspirational and powerful ―
GRAZIA

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 ―
OBSERVER

A tale of immense courage and conviction which begins as [Malala] is shot for campaigning for the rights of girls to an education ―
THE INDEPENDENT

Malala's voice has the purity, but also has the rigidity, of the principled. Whether she is being a competitive teenager and keeping track of who she bet in exams (and by how much) or writing a blog for the BBC that catapulted her on to the international stage - "We were learning how to struggle. And we were learning how powerful we are when we speak" - 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

The story of the girl shot by the Taliban for speaking up for women's education is one of idealism and stubborn courage, and a reminder that women's rights and many children's rights to education are continually threatened ―
METRO

She has the heart and courage of a lioness and is a true inspiration -- Lorraine Kelly ―
THE SUN

One finishes the book full of admiration both for Malala, and for her father, who has clearly inspired her -- Andrew Holgate ―
THE SUNDAY TIMES

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The bestselling memoir of youngest ever NOBEL PRIZE winner, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban.
'Malala is an inspiration to girls and women all over the world' J K Rowling

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ W&N; Latest edition (9 October 2014)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1780226586
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1780226583
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 312 g
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.3 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
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4.0 out of 5 stars Salute to the girl who survived.
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Malala isn’t a stranger to the world. In the year 2012, when everyone else waited with abated breath to see if the world really would end, Malala’s world, the way she knew it, did I end. Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb is the story of The Girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban. Narrated in her own words, it can also be considered an autobiography of sorts.

There were three shots that rang on that fateful afternoon. Aimed at the girl who had stood up for girls’ education in a Pakistan that was increasingly crumbling under the ascending Taliban, it had hit three girls in all. While the other two survived with little effort, Malala’s world had turned upside down. Multiple surgeries, a team of the best doctors in Pakistan, and later, Birmingham, weeks in hospital, and away from her only comfort, her family, Malala made a miraculous recovery only to see the Taliban raise its ugly head once again and asking her to come back, but without her activism and without her education.
Malala had been a girl of just 11 years when she started writing anonymous blogs for BBC Urdu, highlighting the trials and tribulations of a girl in Pakistan, a country now known for harboring extremist views on girls’ progress. Along with her father Ziauddin, she took to social activism and become more and more vocal about human rights, especially the human right to education. It wasn’t long before she came under the Taliban’s radar and eventually ended up in the intensive care.
Today Malala lives in England and is attending the University of Oxford. She is receiving what she stood up for, education.

I am not a fan of non-fiction, let alone autobiographies! Biographies, I can still digest to some extent but those who write about themselves remain out of questions. However, I do enjoy a good, uplifting story. And this is what this book is, if not anything.
Some books are so profound, that it is hard to fathom how they actually affected you. This is one of those books. I don’t know how I felt after reading this book, but while reading it, I felt disgustingly sad. The state of women and the value of life in Pakistan seemed appalling. The fear with which one has to live is inhumane. Where did people like Malala and her father get their courage from? Where did they find the guts to go on and do the right thing in the face of danger that threatened all of their lives? And most importantly, why did they do what they did? Why? Why? The onus of society wasn’t on them. Such books show what being human is. That empathy and love are the only things that will keep us away from turning into monsters. That it doesn’t take a big man to make a change.
Whenever I read about a tragedy, I feel immense pain. And with that pain comes curiosity. How? Why? When? This book answered a lot of questions for me. The Taliban, for instance, their baby steps towards Pakistan after their outset from Afghanistan. That they only care about their own will. The lives, whoever they might belong to, don’t matter to them. Next, the people of Pakistan. They are as hypocritical as anyone else. As long as their own necks are safe, everything is okay. But the moment someone gets to live a life (something which came after a heavy price) they can only dream of, they get nasty.
All said and done, I found Malala’s tone a little too proud when it came to her religion and her country. Despite the fact that she almost lost her life due to these two things, she came across as someone who couldn’t accept her spade for a spade and move on. Her belief that the Taliban wouldn’t hurt a child seemed like fiddling with a snake and expecting it to not strike back. I found her extremely vocal about girls’ education in Pakistan, but she missed to voice out that the majority of her countrymen still treated women as mere things, and not human beings. They fear the power of an educated woman, especially if they leave their rural houses and venture out towards enlightenment. She never talked about what her illiterate mother could have been, had she had the chance at education but focused mainly on her homemaker skills. In spite of her father being a morally forward-thinking man, his attention was never on the upliftment of his own wife. I am not saying all this in some hatred or spite, I just believe that charity begins at home.
I felt that another great advantage that Malala had, Islam, and that she missed out on it. Being an international peace icon had given her the scope to reach millions, and yet, she seemed stuck on just one part of her country, Swat and the Swatis, describing in excruciating detail their beauty and lives, instead of Islam and Muslims. While she doled out anecdotes after anecdotes on her people, she missed out on the most important aspect, voicing out for Islam, and that it doesn’t encourage violence or any kind of discrimination, and in turn showing her religion in a better light rather than pushing more people towards Islamophobia.
Having said all of the above, for whatever it is worth, this book is a definite winner. Above all, it does show us that grit and determination can take us places. This book is Malala’s tale of woe and her story of success. Salute to the girl who survived.
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OK so the book arrived and it wasn't in as good a condition as described, but it was acceptable. I have been reading and totally engrossed, find it hard to put down. Not sorry at all that I bought it. In it she mentions the Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho. I've read that book and I was sorry that I wasted my money on it.
I'm not of school age and not a girl, if you think that this book is just for school girls then you are very wrong. It is a fascinating read an exposition of life and sometimes death in the Swat valley in Pakistan through the early parts of this century as such it will always remain a valuable read.
Malala does not sugar coat, but neither does she give any gory detail and does not dwell on being a victim. Along with the basic facts there are anecdotes and memories that never let you forget that she was a child through all of this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly inspiring, and not to be missed!
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