Let Her Fly

A Father's Journey


By Ziauddin Yousafzai

With Louise Carpenter

Foreword by Malala Yousafzai

Read by Ziauddin Yousafzai

Read by Adnan Kapadia

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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.

  • "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."
  • "Yousafzai, 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

On Sale
Nov 13, 2018
Hachette Audio

Ziauddin Yousafzai

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.

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