Were there particular books that helped you get through the recovery process after the attack on you by the Taliban?I like to think that the simplicity of that book’s storytelling, and its indomitable heroine, were what Yousafzai needed at that time.
“The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” was the first book I read in the hospital. I had been having headaches and couldn’t read or focus properly for a while. It is a lovely book, and it was given to me by [Prime Minister] Gordon Brown — he sent me 25 books, and this was my favorite.
28 August 2014
the New York Times Book Review ran an interview with Malala Yousafzai, the Afghan teenager attacked by Taliban gunsels because she continued to attend school. Her answers included this surprise: