A Different Kind of Daughter

  • by Maria Toorpakai
  • Narrated by Neela Vaswani
  • 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

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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- Bridget

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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- Rachael

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-02-2016
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.