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I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban [Kindle Edition]

Malala Yousafzai , Christina Lamb
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*Winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize*



In 2009 Malala Yousafzai began writing a blog on BBC Urdu about life in the Swat Valley as the Taliban gained control, at times banning girls from attending school. When her identity was discovered, Malala began to appear in both Pakistani and international media, advocating the freedom to pursue education for all. In October 2012, gunmen boarded Malala's school bus and shot her in the face, a bullet passing through her head and into her shoulder. Remarkably, Malala survived the shooting.



At a very young age, Malala Yousafzai has become a worldwide symbol of courage and hope. Her shooting has sparked a wave of solidarity across Pakistan, not to mention globally, for the right to education, freedom from terror and female emancipation.


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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 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)

Moving and illuminating (Catherine Bennett THE OBSERVER)

Malala's evocation of place, beautifully and lovingly described, and her paean to her father with his own passion for education, are fascinating. But so is her toughness. She describes seeing a young girl selling oranges, clearly unable to read or write: "I took a photo of her and vowed I would do everything in my power to help educate girls like her. This was the war I was going to fight." This remarkable book is part memoir, part manifesto. I feel enriched from having read it. I also feel humbled. Our obsession with school performance is suddenly marginalised by a story in which education, quite literally, proves a matter of life and death. (Geoff Barton THE EDUCATIONAL SUPPLEMENT)

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 THE GUARDIAN)

Part memoir, part mission statement. I am Malala recounts the early life of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who spoke out against the Taliban and was shot for her defiance. Her recovery, bravery and stoicism - and her father, Ziauddin - make for shocking and moving reading. (EMERALD STREET)

The world is entranced by the story of the 15-year-old girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban because she wished to go to school. Flown over to Birmingham for emergency surgery, she has emerged as an elegant and brave spokesgirl for a better future, to the extent that she almost won the Nobel peace prize and has become a sought-after speaker. This book should inspire girls the world over. (CATHOLIC HERALD)

Malala's story is gripping, tragic and yet ultimately full of hope. Faced with religious fundamentalism, suicide bombers and death threats her courage, stoicism and wisdom shine through at every turn. The bond she shares with her father - an equally courageous man whose views on equality are at odds with many of his countrymen - is also very movingly described. (WOMAN'S WAY)

The media didn't really take on board the fact, which emerges from her book I AM MALALA, co-written with Christina Lamb, that every single day for her was a protest. She would hide her pens and books under her clothes on the way to school and ignore the Taliban's threats. She is a role model, not just a victim. (Agatha Johnson STANDPOINT)

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. (SUNDAY TIMES)

Rejoice! It was the year that a Pakistani teenager who stood up to the Taliban became a celebrity, and one with a real story to tell. What a breath of fresh air in a genre crowded out by middle-aged TV personalities. Malala Yousafzai invigorated the "all about me" genre with I AM MALALA, with Christina Lamb, a tale of immense courage and conviction which begins as she is shot for campaigning for the rights of girls to an education. (THE INDEPENDENT)

I AM MALALA is a rich and riveting account of a short, brave and admirable life. (Kevin Power SUNDAY BUSINESS POST (Ireland))

Inspirational and powerful (GRAZIA)

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)

I felt both humbled and inspired by I am Malala by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, the remarkable story of the young educational campaigner from Pakistan's Swat valley, who miraculously survived after bring shot by the dark forces of fundamentalism. Deftly written with the help of an award-winning foreign correspondent, this is a must-read for anyone seeking to understand the tortured politics of the Taliban in the North-West Frontier. (Jimmy Burns THE TABLET)

It's hard to believe that this intelligent, charismatic and very poised young women is still just 16 years old. There is so much hope and expectation resting on those inspirational small shoulders. (Lorraine Kelly GLASGOW HERALD)

One finishes the book full of admiration both for Malala, and for her father, who has clearly inspired her. (Andrew Holgate SUNDAY TIMES)

In her inspirational and powerful autobiography, Malala tells her own extraordinary story. (GRAZIA)

The Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban has astonished the world with her courage and determination to fight for education and equal rights for women. (FINANCIAL TIMES)

The inspirational story of the girl who single-handedly showed that the pen is mightier that the sword should be required reading for people of all ages. (ARMY & YOU)

The book is equally Malala's story of love for her family and respect for her father who comes across as an inspirational figure. It is a book of courage and endurance in the face of tremendous odds. I am Malala should be read by everyone who sees education as an agency of liberation for both boys and girls and an indispensable weapon in the struggle against ignorance and oppression. (Alan Gibbons ARMADILLO)

Read the story of the remarkable young woman who refused to be silenced after she was shot in the head by the Taliban on a school bus in 2012. At 16, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest ever nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. (BABY & ME)

Did you see Malala on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart? If not, Google it, and then buy this book. It's hard to find the words to describe what this girl has done, not only for young women everywhere, but also for the world in which it feels like the bad guys always win. I'm choked up just writing this. (GLASGOW HERALD)

Honest, insightful and piercingly wise, this is the celebrity memoir to give your teenaged daughter this Christmas. (Katy Guest INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY)

Malala has shown extraordinary courage in campaigning for the millions of girls who are still denied an education. Uplifting and inspirational. (June Purvis TIMES HIGHER EDUCATION SUPPLEMENT)

This courageous and extraordinary young woman has become something of a world symbol. Her stand for education of women in her own native Pakistan was a courageous one, but it should not lead Western readers to think that such things only happened over there. She and her family now live abroad, but as her speeches and appearances show, she continues her campaign for the right of young people everywhere to fully realise their potential. (IRISH CATHOLIC)

Malala's evocation of place, beautifully and lovingly described, and her paean to her father with his own passion for education, are fascinating. But so is her toughness. She describes seeing a young girl selling oranges, clearly unable to read or write: "I took a photo of her and vowed I would do everything in my power to help educate girls just like her. This was the war I was going to fight." This remarkable book is part memoir, part manifesto. I feel enriched from having read it. I also feel humbled. Our obsession with school performance is suddenly marginalised by a story in which education, quite literally, proves a matter of life and death. (TES)

Malala's voice has the purity, but also the rigidity, of the principled. Whether she is being a competitive teenager and keeping track of who she beat in exams (and by how much) or writing about the blog for the BBC that catapulted her on to the international stage ... 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)

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The bestselling memoir of youngest ever NOBEL PRIZE winner, Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Denis Vukosav TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
"I Am Malala" Malala Yousafzai is the book about a brave girl in difficult times, a girl who opposed the injustice and almost paid for that with her life.

Inside you'll find her story that starts with the Taliban occupation of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, and all the unpleasant changes that have occurred due to that for women, and especially female children.
Malala Yousafzai refused to be quiet, she wanted to go to school, she fought for her education and future.

Unfortunately, one day when she was returning home from school with the bus, she was shot in the head and although it was hard to expect that she'll survive, she didn't only do that, but a lot more.
She recovered, and due to her bravery she become symbol of oppressed women fighting for education and other human rights, she spoke in United Nations and become youngest ever nominee for the Peace Nobel Prize.

Therefore, if you want to read a story about courage, about the impossible that could be achieved, becoming even harder if you are a child, I can fully recommend you to read this book.
It will inspire you and show you that the human spirit cannot be suppressed by any prohibitions, because thanks to him we as human beings have become the only intelligent beings in this world.

And no matter how hard some mad regime tries to extinguish our spirit and freedom, it will always rise in someone's character, as was the case with a young Malala.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the greatest biography ever 21 Nov. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
this is one of my favourite books ever. it is basically malala's life story and includes a lot of the history of pakistan in it. i would highly recommend it for alk ages - i first read it when i was 10
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible girl 16 Oct. 2013
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An incredible brave, intelligent and strong willed girl, hard to believe she is only 16, talks about her past in her home town of Swat Valley. An interesting read about how life is like in that part of Pakistan, life under Taliban rule, the endless corruption in all areas of their government and an incredible story about her father. Malala wouldn't be the girl she is today (minus the shooting) without the help of her father and she conveys this a lot in her book. She talks about the freedom of thought and expression he allowed Malala to have even though his first born was a daughter (a girl being born in a Pakistani family is sometimes looked at as 'unlucky' by others whereas when a son is born in to a family there is a big fanfare, congratulations and gifts). It was interesting to read, towards the latter of the book, about the shooting, the conditions of the hospital and the two Doctors from Birmingham who were 2 of many that helped save Malala's life.

It was a great read and certainly made me appreciate how easy we have it here when it comes to School's/College's and how we take that for granted. Its only when something is taken from you that you realise how much it means to you and this is what one of the things Malala talks about in her book. I finished this book within a couple of days. How life was in Pakistan under Taliban rule really gripped me that I couldn't put the book down.

I am glad that she has appeared on numerous talk shows in America and spreading the message of education for all boys and girls as their basic rights in countries, such as Pakistan. I fully recommend this book to young adults/teenagers and maybe they'll realise that they have something incredible in this country where they might not have had this privilege in a third world country to achieve their full potential.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Story of Courage, Friendship and Faith 13 Oct. 2013
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This book should be a 'must-read' for everyone! Not only is it a story of courage and inspiration as the first reviewer wrote, it also describes the richness of friendship in a family and among friends of the Yousafzai family. The book is well-written and interesting and I couldn't put it down! The background to events in the Swat Valley is valuable as are the descriptions of ordinary life in Mingora, if you can call it 'ordinary' with the threat of Talibanisation.

Another valuable point of the book is its insights into Islam as it is practised by a devout but not fundamentalist family and their emphasis on prayer. I have always found that prayer unites people of any creed and 'I am Malala' confirmed this opinion, (I write from a Christian perspective). I hope that faith and community uphold the family now in their new home and that they will continue to be ambassadors for Islam as a religion of peace - needed in our multi-cultural society today.

Thank you, Malala, for a wonderful courage and a witness that the pen and the word are far mightier than the sword.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Indictment and Inspiration 21 Feb. 2015
By D. Elliott TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
In 1997 Malala Yousafzai was born in the remote Swat Valley of Pakistan, and by 2013 she had received many accolades and had been featured in Time Magazine as one of ‘The 100 Most Influential People in the World’. A year later she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her commitment to provision of education for females in the face of a Taliban edict banning schooling for girls and imposition of harsh laws restricting women. Purdah was strictly enforced - the cultural and religious practice of requiring women to cover themselves, secluding them by keeping them in their homes, and not allowing anything except when accompanied by family members - and punishment for non-compliance was severe. Demolishing school buildings and murder were only two of a vast array of repressive measures.

The book ‘I Am Malala’ was co-written with Christina Lamb, an award winning foreign correspondent, and it begins with a ‘Prologue’ describing how Malala was shot on her way home from school. Narrative is then divided into parts - ‘Before the Taliban’, ‘The Valley of Death’, ‘Three Girls, Three Bullets’, ‘Between Life and Death’, ‘A Second Life’ and an ‘Epilogue’. The writing is in a simplistic style that somehow adds power to Malala’s message, and she has a clever knack of putting things in a nutshell or reducing them to homilies. As her story progresses it comes across as increasingly real and serious, and it becomes more and more thought-provoking. An eye-opener is realisation of how God loving is Malala when it is religious extremes that she is fighting against.

As a Pashtun originally from Afghanistan Malala gives historical background and she describes how the Swat Valley was taken over by the Taliban with reference to the many complexities involved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
She is so brave!! May she live to be at least 100 years!!!
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Published 3 days ago by Barbara Weatherill
5.0 out of 5 stars so I bought it and I am very glad I did
I Am Malala is a book that caught my eye when I was at McCarron Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada, UK. I was about to take my flight back to Denver. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Insirational
I found myself reading this book in segments with gaps in between, In some cases Malala came across as a mature young lady & yet in some cases she was more like her age. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Jaye
4.0 out of 5 stars touching & informative
A moving and informative account of her life within such a tragic country. Malala recounts her story with huge bravery & no self pity around the happenings in Pakistan at the time. Read more
Published 7 days ago by voracious reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Great first hand account of life under the iinfluence of the Taliban
A great first-hand account of life in this environment. Puts a lot of context around the news headlines.
Published 10 days ago by Michael Doyle
4.0 out of 5 stars Starts slowly but worth persevering with
It would be unfair to call Christina Lamb a ghost writer because she is a respected journalist with a huge amount of knowledge of the area. Read more
Published 18 days ago by GeordieReader
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a wonderful story and insight to the religious problems mahala faced
Published 23 days ago by deborah frost
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Amazing story.
Published 28 days ago by john button
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a fascinating book and I liked learning about the history
Its a fascinating book and I liked learning about the history. But it is more of a history lesson with huge chunks of background information dotted through the book, and in reality... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julia
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