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Malala's father's passionate account of his amazing journey, the values that inspired Malala and how love drove him to fight for the rights of girls and women everywhere.


In this intimate and extraordinary memoir, Ziauddin Yousafzai, the father of Malala, gives a moving account of fatherhood and his lifelong fight for equality – proving there are many faces of feminism.

“Whenever anybody has asked me how Malala became who she is, I have often used the phrase. ‘Ask me not what I did but what I did not do. I did not clip her wings’”

For over twenty years, Ziauddin Yousafzai has been fighting for equality – first for Malala, his daughter – and then for all girls throughout the world living in patriarchal societies. Taught as a young boy in Pakistan to believe that he was inherently better than his sisters, Ziauddin rebelled against inequality at a young age. And when he had a daughter himself he vowed that Malala would have an education, something usually only given to boys, and he founded a school that Malala could attend.

Then in 2012, Malala was shot for standing up to the Taliban by continuing to go to her father's school, and Ziauddin almost lost the very person for whom his fight for equality began.

Let Her Fly is Ziauddin’s journey from a stammering boy growing up in a tiny village high in the mountains of Pakistan, through to being an activist for equality and the father of the youngest ever recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, and now one of the most influential and inspiring young women on the planet.

Told through intimate portraits of each of Ziauddin’s closest relationships – as a son to a traditional father; as a father to Malala and her brothers, educated and growing up in the West; as a husband to a wife finally learning to read and write; as a brother to five sisters still living in the patriarchy – Let Her Fly looks at what it means to love, to have courage and fight for what is inherently right. Personal in its detail and universal in its themes, this landmark book shows why we must all keep fighting for the rights of girls and women everywhere.

Reviews

A treatise on progressive parenting and an inspirational tale of a man’s fight to defeat misogyny ... perhaps the first guidebook for fathers – or men in general – who aspire to be feminists

The News on Sunday

A beautiful and emotional read, throwing light on why he is so passionate about equality and education ... I shed a few tears reading it

The Journal.i.e

Let Her Fly is both autobiography and a passionate global entreaty to men… to set their daughters free

The Times

Let Her Fly is Ziauddin’s account of his life and his fight for the rights of all children to receive equal education, opportunities and social and political recognition

The Observer

a biography that reveals a person every bit as inspirational as his daughter

RTE Guide

A gripping read which aims to celebrate the power of liberty, justice and equality for all.

The Express Tribune

Ziauddin is a force of nature. He is full of wisdom and joy, and I’ve never met anyone more passionate about building a world where every girl has access to education and opportunity. He has taught me a great deal about leadership, parenting, and a life well lived.

Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of ORIGINALS, GIVE AND TAKE, and OPTION B with Sheryl Sandberg

This book should be read by people who have a son or a daughter, or who were once children themselves.

Mohammed Hanif, prize-winning novelist

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780753552988

    July 16, 2019

    WH Allen

    176 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • Trade Paperback

    9780753552971

    November 19, 2018

    WH Allen

    176 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • Hardback

    9780753552964

    November 15, 2018

    WH Allen

    176 pages

    RRP $32.99

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  • EBook

    9780753552995

    November 8, 2018

    Virgin Digital

    352 pages

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Extract

Prologue

So many people ask me, with love and kindness in their hearts, “What has been your proudest moment, Ziauddin?” I think, perhaps, they are inviting me to reply, “Of course, it was when Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize!” or “When she spoke to the UN in New York for the first time” or “When she met the queen.”

Malala is honored and respected around the world, but this question is impossible for me to answer because at its heart it is a question that is not really about Malala my child but about how influential she has been. Is her talking to a queen or a head of state more deserving of my pride than a Peace Prize? This is impossible for me to say.

What I say to this question instead is, “Malala makes me proud every single day,” and I say that with absolute honesty. My Malala is as much the girl who makes me laugh at the breakfast table with her dry wit, so much sharper than my own, as the girl who for a great deal of her life went to a simple street school in Mingora, Pakistan, and yet proved herself stronger than the Taliban.

 

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