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  • Published: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780857986177
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

Yassmin's Story




Including new chapters. Frank, fearless, funny, articulate and inspiring, Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a dynamo, a young Muslim dynamo offering a bracing breath of fresh air – and hope.

At 21, Yassmin found herself working on a remote Australian oil and gas rig; she was the only woman and certainly the only Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian background Muslim woman. With her hijab quickly christened a 'tea cosy' there could not be a more unlikely place on earth for a young Muslim woman to want to be. This is the story of how she got there, where she is going, and how she wants the world to change.

Born in the Sudan, Yassmin and her parents moved to Brisbane when she was two, and she has been tackling barriers ever since. At 16 she founded Youth Without Borders, an organisation focused on helping young people to work for positive change in their communities. In 2007 she was named Young Australian Muslim of the Year and in 2010 Young Queenslander of the Year. In 2011 Yassmin graduated with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (First Class Honours) and in 2012 she was named Young Leader of the Year in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac's inaugural 100 Women of Influence Awards as well as an InStyle cultural leader and a Marie Claire woman of the future.

Yassmin has now been awarded Youth of the Year in the Australian Muslim Achievement Awards.

Penguin Random House is contributing royalties to Youth Without Borders.

  • Pub date: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780857986177
  • Imprint: Vintage Australia
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $22.99

About the Author

Yassmin Abdel-Magied

Yassmin Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-born Australian mechanical engineer, writer and social advocate.

Yassmin worked on oil and gas rigs around Australia for almost half a decade before becoming a full-time writer and broadcaster. She published her debut memoir, Yassmin's Story, at age 24, then became the presenter of Australia Wide, a national weekly current-affairs show on the ABC and Motor Mouth, a podcast on becoming an F1 driver. After hosting the documentary, The Truth About Racism, she created Hijabistas for the ABC, a series looking at the modest fashion scene in Australia. Her writing has appeared in publications like Teen Vogue, London's Evening Standard, the Guardian and numerous anthologies.

With over a decade’s experience in non-profit governance, Yassmin founded her first organisation, Youth Without Borders, at the age of 16. She has since served on numerous board and councils, including the Council of Australian-Arab Relations and ChildFund, and also serves as the Gender Ambassador for the Inter-American Development Bank.
Yassmin has been awarded numerous awards nationally and internationally for her advocacy, including the 2018 Young Voltaire Award for Free Speech and Queensland Young Australian of the Year in 2015. In 2017, Yassmin created Mumtaza, dedicated to the empowerment of women of colour, and most recently founded Kuwa, a platform tackling cultural change around sexual harassment in workplaces.

Yassmin has delivered keynotes in over 20 countries on unconscious bias and leadership. Her TED talk, What Does My Headscarf Mean to You?, has been viewed over two million times and was chosen as one of TED’s top ten ideas of 2015. Yassmin is currently based in London.

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Praise for Yassmin's Story

“Indefatigable, blisteringly funny and outrageously smart, Yassmin is one of my favourite people, and this book is as brilliant as the woman behind it. Yassmin’s Story doesn't just look at what it means to be a modern Muslim woman in the 21st century, but – maybe even more importantly – how to lead an adventurous life with integrity.”

Benjamin Law

“Just like Yassmin herself, this is a big bold book with a wicked sense of humour that tells the story of the young Sudanese Muslim who arrived in Australia as a 2 year old and became an engineer, a leader and an inspiration to all of us.”

Anne Summers

“Stories like Yassmin's are vital to our understanding of what it means to be Australian. Yassmin's Story speaks with insight, humour, heart and urgency about belonging, unbelonging, and all the complex places in between.”

Maxine Beneba Clarke


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