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A Different Kind of Daughter

The Girl Who Hid from the Taliban in Plain Sight
Narrated by: Neela Vaswani
Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
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Publisher's Summary

'It's hard enough to become the best in the world at anything. It's even harder when people want to kill you just for trying.' (Mary Carillo, NBC Sports)

Maria Toorpakai Wazir has lived her life disguised as a boy, defying the Taliban, in order to pursue her love of sport. Coming second in a national junior weightlifting event for boys, Maria decided to put her future in her own hands by going in disguise. When she discovered squash and was easily beating all the boys, life became more dangerous.

Heart-stopping and profoundly moving, in A Different Kind of Daughter Maria shares the story of her long road and eventual triumph, pursuing the sport she loved, defying death threats and following her dream.

©2016 Maria Toorpakai (P)2016 Hachette

Critic Reviews

"Armed with a squash racket and enormous will, Maria Toorpakai has risen from the turmoil of tribal life in Pakistan to become not only a world-class athlete, but a true inspiration, a pioneer for millions of other women struggling to pave their own paths to autonomy, fulfilment and genuine personhood" (Khaled Hosseini, Number One New York Times best-selling author of The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns and And the Mountains Echoed)

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Incredible story

I loved this book. Maria is a Truly inspiring human being. Wonderful story of incredible family love and respect for one another. Thank you for sharing your story.

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Inspirational motivational tale of a warrior

A brave, raw, beautiful tale that needs to be spread
Thank you Maria, you are amazing. I think your tale has the power to change lives and I hope many will read it and learn from your story.
We need more Maria's in this world!

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  • Mrs Louise Marie Holt
  • 25-03-2016

The best autobiography I've ever read ( and I've read most of them !! )

I must ' read ' at least one autobiography a week and have been doing for years ..there aren't many I haven't read but this is the only time I've reviewed one on here's do shared it on Facebook.This is one of the most well written, insightful and fascinating life stories I've ever read.

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  • Terry Cleary
  • 17-04-2019

Enlightening , gripping and sad

A superb account of life in Pakistan through the eyes of highly perceptive and talented young girl who through the support of a liberated father and family fights through the surrounding oppression of the Taliban to direct her life and reach the pinnacles of her beloved sport. Harrowing at times but brilliant. The Asian narrator brought Maria's thoughts to life and she was Maria to me. Overall a very special book.