Malala Yousafzai, the internationally renowned female education activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, has announced that she is working on a new memoir. Her previous memoir, I am Malala, was published in 2013, and her new book promises to be her “most personal yet”. Malala made the announcement on social media, stating that the last few years of her life have been marked by “extraordinary transformation”, which involved “finding independence, partnership and ultimately, myself”.
The activist, who graduated from Oxford University with a degree in philosophy, politics, and economics, is married to Asser Malik, a general manager at the Pakistan Cricket Board. Malala noted that the coming October would mark a decade since her first memoir was published, shortly after her 16th birthday. She is excited to share what has happened since and take the next step in her journey with the incredible teams at Atria Books in the US, Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the UK, and more countries coming soon.
In 2014, Malala became the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner ever. Besides her memoir, she has also released a children’s book called Malala’s Magic Pencil, illustrated by Sebastien Cosset and Marie Pommepuy, and We Are Displaced, a book on refugee experiences, in 2018, which was published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.
Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, announced the memoir on Monday. The book is currently untitled and has no scheduled release date. Atria is calling the new book a “breathtaking story of recovery and search for identity, a candid exploration of her coming-of-age in the public spotlight, and an intimate look at her life today”. Young readers and picture book editions are also planned.
Malala’s activism for girls’ education and her survival of an assassination attempt by the Taliban when she was in her teens has made her an international figure. Her story has inspired millions of people around the world and her new memoir promises to give readers insight into her personal journey over the last decade. She hopes that readers will find recognition, reassurance, and insight in her story.