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Editing the Extraordinary

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Amy Davies - July 31st, 2013

I am Malala by Malala YousafzaiOur Deputy Publishing Director, Arzu tells us about her experience of working on I Am Malala, the highly anticipated memoir of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban.

I am busy editing I Am Malala. It is an amazing experience, hearing about her life first-hand and coming to understand more of the catastrophe which befell the Pashtun people of the Swat Valley. The book will be wonderful; an absorbing, informative and deeply compelling portrait of Malala and her family.

Family means so much to this 16-year-old girl and their unfailing support of her ambitions is the foundation on which her incredible strength is built. As we piece together her story, gather the photographs and shape the book, so much rich detail is revealed. We are learning the story behind the newspaper headlines, seeing the simplicity of day-to-day life in the Swat Valley and the turmoil when Malala’s family became refugees and had to leave it behind.

There are breath-taking moments, tender asides and so much humour. Sometimes I have to remind myself that what I am reading really did happen to one girl. I Am Malala is an incredible book to work on. I hope that everyone who reads it will be deeply moved and come away more empathetic and better equipped to raise their voice to end the restrictions on girls’ education in Pakistan and around the world.

Arzu Tahsin
Deputy Publishing Director, W&N

Watch Malala’s address to the United Nations, part of her campaign to ensure free compulsory education for every child.

Find out more about I am Malala

I Am Malala will be available in hardback. eBook and audio download from 8th October 2013

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