Let Her Fly: A Father's Journey (Hardcover)

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As I marveled at the courage and brilliance of Malala, I’ve wondered about her parents. How do you raise a child who stood up to the Taliban and inspired courage throughout the world? Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala’s father, a diplomat, teacher, educational activist, and a campaigner for human rights, tells us of his own childhood as a shy boy living in a mud hut. We meet Malala’s progressive mother, Toor Pekai, and see the partnership she forged with her husband. He tells us what he has learned from his children, including the heart-breaking moment when they return to the place where Malala was so brutally attacked.  —Elaine

— From Elaine and Luisa's Picks: November - December 2018


Let Her Fly traces the inspirational journey of Malala Yousafzai's father, Ziauddin, from a boy in Shangla to a man who broke with tradition and proves there are many faces of feminism.

With humor and sincerity, Yousafzai describes his life before the Talibanization of Mingora, scenes of his sons Khusal and Atal fighting kites on the roof, his progressive partnership with his wife Toor Pekai, and the challenge of raising children in an unfamiliar country.

After Malala was shot by the Taliban, the Yousafzai family was completely uprooted from their home in the Swat Valley and forced to start over in the United Kingdom. Now, Ziauddin expresses the complex pain and joy of his return, six years later, to the site of Malala's attack. Let Her Fly is an intimate family portrait by the father of one of the most remarkable leaders in the world today.

Ziauddin and Toor Pakai have set a singular example for parents who hope to empower their children to make a difference. Let Her Fly will resonate with anyone who has ever cared for a child, as Ziauddin Yousafzai shares what he's learned from his children, and what he hopes to teach the world.

About the Author

Ziauddin Yousafzai is a Pakistani diplomat, educator, educational activist, and human rights campaigner. Best known as the father of Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, he is the co-founder and serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Malala Fund. He also serves are the United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education and as the educational attaché to the Pakistani Consulate in Birmingham, UK.

Praise For…

"The narrative is simply told but instructive, focusing attention on the importance of change beginning at an individual level. A straightforward, loving treatise on becoming a man dedicated to uplifting women as equals."

father of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, movingly tells his
life story, focusing primarily on his journey from the Swat Mountains of
Northwest Pakistan to Birmingham, England to protect his daughter...Those
interested in learning more about Malala's incredible life will be enriched by
her father's deeply personal account of courage and perseverance during a life
of activism."
Publisher's Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316450508
ISBN-10: 0316450502
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication Date: November 13th, 2018
Pages: 176
Language: English