29 Mar 2013

Schoolgirl shot by Taliban signs book deal

1:51 pm on 29 March 2013

The Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban has signed a book deal worth about $US3 million.

Malala Yousafzai and her family now live in the British city of Birmingham where she has been receiving treatment.

The 15-year-old says the book will tell her story, but also that of the millions of children who can't get an education in her home country, the BBC reports.

She says she wants the publication to be part of the campaign to give every boy and girl the right to go to school.

The book entitled I am Malala will also give an account of the day in October last year when a gunman walked onto a schoolbus and shot her in the head in the Swat valley.

The girl was flown to Britain for specialist treatment and earlier in March started school again in Birmingham.

The Taliban in Pakistan has threatened the lives of both Malala and her father since the shooting on 9 October.

She has received support from around the world, with tens of thousands of people signing an online petition calling for her to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.