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ebook / ISBN-13: 9780349016993

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Genre: Biography & True Stories / Memoirs

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A moving and inspiring memoir by Afghanistan’s youngest female mayor and campaigner for human rights, as seen in Netflix’s In Her Hands documentary.

Zarifa will break your heart’ Christina Lamb, author of Our Bodies, Their Battlefields and I Am Malala

‘Incredible’ Stylist

‘In this earnest and fiery memoir, an activist and politician from Afghanistan recounts how her country’s instability marked her life’ New York Times

Zarifa Ghafari was two years old when the Taliban banned girls from schools. She was seven when the American airstrikes began. She was twenty-four when she became the youngest and one of the first female mayors in Maidan Shahr, Afghanistan. An extremist mob barred her from her office and assassins tried to kill her six times. Through it all, Zarifa promoted peace and tried to lift up women, despite constant fear for herself and her family.

Written with honesty, pain and, ultimately, hope, Zarifa is an astonishing memoir that offers an unparalleled perspective of the last two decades in Afghanistan from a citizen, daughter, woman and mayor.

‘Zarifa’s words, like her life, are an act of courage, weaving heartache with hope’ Shubhangi Swarup, author of Latitudes of Longing

‘This gripping book can be read at one go and surely is a must buy’ Telegraph (India)

‘Frank and impassioned, Ghafari’s narrative spotlights the power of activism… a remarkable story of perseverance and resilience’ Publishers Weekly

Reviews

In this earnest and fiery memoir, an activist and politician from Afghanistan recounts how her country's instability marked her life
New York Times
Zarifa Ghafari's story is one of strength in the face of adversity. She perfectly captures the tragic reversal of fortune over the past year in Afghanistan as the Taliban have once again risen to power. Everyone should read this inspirational and heart-wrenching account of life in Afghanistan for women.
Layla Moran, MP
[Ghafari] tells her inspiring life story with sincerity and passion, providing a nuanced and, at times, horrifying glimpse into Afghanistan's devastating history ... A searingly honest, profoundly courageous memoir of one fearless woman's fight for her homeland
Kirkus
Candid, poignant and powerful ... This gripping book can be read at one go and surely is a must buy
Telegraph (India)
Frank and impassioned, Ghafari's narrative spotlights the power of activism... a remarkable story of perseverance and resilience
Publishers Weekly
Zarifa's words, like her life, are an act of courage, weaving heartache with hope. They illuminate all the things we take for granted, especially the ordinary moments, the daily freedoms and most intimate of relationships. They illuminate the threads that connect our rights, freedoms, and happiness into an interconnected whole.
Shubhangi Swarup, Tata Prize winning author of Latitudes of Longing
Incredible
Francesca Brown, Stylist
Anyone wanting to know the grim reality of being a woman in Afghanistan and trying to make a difference, could not find a more illuminating book. Zarifa will break your heart.
Christina Lamb, author of Our Bodies, Their Battlefields
This is a simply written and inspiring work that zips along with the pace of an adventure story. You can only be left in awestruck admiration at everything Zarifa has already achieved in her short life. Despite the current situation, you at least feel some hope that Afghanistan's trajectory will have been nudged towards a better tomorrow by her unceasing vision for a just and corruption-free homeland'
Olivia Edward, Geographical Magazine