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Malala seals $3-mn deal to publish memoir
The book will be published later this year, Malala says she wants it to be part of campaign to propagate education for all
Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head at point-blank
range by Taliban for advocating girls' education, has become a
millionaire by signing a deal for around $3 million to publish her
"The life story of a 15-year Pakistani girl, who was shot by the
Taliban, will be published later this year, in a deal reported to be
worth around 2 million pounds ($3 million)," the UK-based Guardian
The book, titled "I am Malala", will be published by Weidenfeld &
Nicholson in the UK and Commonwealth and by Little, Brown in the rest of
the world, the paper said, adding that a spokeswoman for the publisher
could not confirm reports about the value of the publishing deal.
"I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61 million children who can't get education," Malala said.
"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, "I hope this book will reach people around the world, so they
realise how difficult it is for some children to get access to
Malala escaped death by a matter of inches when she was shot on a school
bus in north-western Pakistan on October 9, 2012 - as the bullet
entered just above her left eye and ran along her jaw, grazing past her
The Taliban had said they targeted Malala because she promoted girls' education and "Western thinking".
Surgeons in Pakistan removed the bullet before she was air-lifted to the
UK for life-saving treatment at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in
Last month Malala was discharged from the hospital after she had an
operation to rebuild her skull and restore hearing. She has now returned
to school and joined the girls in Year 9.
Malala's family are currently living in the West Midlands. Her father
has been appointed education attache at the Consulate of Pakistan for
the next three years.
She began writing a blog on the BBC Urdu service under a pseudonym about
life in the Swat Valley in 2009. She was shot after her real identity
became known. Since the shooting, Malala has been awarded several peace
prizes and is the youngest person to be nominated for the Nobel Peace