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, author of The Kite Runner 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 dangerous Heart stopping and profoundly moving, Maria shares the story of her long road and eventual triumph, pursuing the sport she loved, defying death threats and following her dream A terrace book about an extremely courageous young woman I found this book through the Simon Mayo s Books of the Year podcast I am about half way through it and so far I m finding it hard to put down It is the autobiography of a girl growing up in Pakistan in the 1990s It talks about her liberal, unconventional family and how, with their support, she became a champion squash player despite the obstacles she had to face simply because of her gender Inspirational. This is an amazing book that describes Maria s life in such beautiful detail that I felt I was actually there An incredible story about an incrdible person and family I am recommending it to everyone I see good read.
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