Last updateTue, 17 Mar 2015 2pm

Malala Yousafzai signs £2 million book deal

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban, has signed a book deal worth a reported £2 million.

"I am Malala" will be published in Autum 2013 and tell the story of her campaigning for girls education in Pakistan and being targeted by gunmen in Pakistan's Swat Valley in October last year.

Malala is currently attending the Edgbaston High School for Girls in Birmingham after being flown to the city for life-saving treatment at the city's Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

She recently became the youngest ever person to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Malala said the book will be the story of the millions of children not only unable to get an education but forcibly kept away from school.

"I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61m children who can't get education. I want it to be part of the campaign to give every boy and girl the right to go to school. It is their basic right," she said.

The young campaigner first came to prominence in 2009 after writing a blog for the BBC Urdu service about life under the Taliban in Pakistan's remote and troubled Swat Valley.

Her campaigning brought her to international prominence before she was shot while on her way to school in October last year in an attack which caused widespread shock, including inside Pakistan, where thousands took to the streets in protest.

After first being flown to Rawalpindi, Malala was later transported to England where she underwent a series of surgical procedures including rebuilding her skull and restoring hearing in her right ear.

Her mother, father and brother were also brought to the UK owing to continued threats by the Taliban on the family, with the father securing employment at the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham.

Since her ordeal she has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize after a petition supported by the likes of Angelina Jolie, Madonna and Hilary Clinton whilst the UN has set aside November 10 as "International Malala Day".

Arzu Tahsin, director at publisher's Weidenfeld & Nicolson said: "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."

- Staff Reporter



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