Title: Different Kind of Daughter, A
Authors: Toorpakai, Maria
Genre: Non Fiction
Pages: 326
Year: 2016
Language: English
Description: In this book, which could just as accurately be titled 'A Different Kind of Family', maverick parents guarantee that Maria Toorpakai was never going to be ordinary. Growing up in a home championing women's rights, in a repressive area in Pakistan, Maria was supported in disguising herself as a boy for the freedom it afforded her. When it was no longer possible to hide her gender, the street fighting and wrestling were replaced with squash.

As one would expect in a region where the Taliban called the shots, her eventual rise to be Pakistan’s number one female squash player, is a remarkable and courageous story, both of her and her family, and, is compellingly presented in this inspirational memoir.

Comments from BDS Reviewers:

"An extraordinary book about an extraordinary family."

"The book has been written with assistance but Maria's voice comes through strongly."

"I thought Maria's family were amazing – they supported her all along the way."

"I think this book would suit most readers and it is easy to read."

"I didn't initially engage with the book as I'm not a sports fan, but the more I read the more this didn't matter. Sport was just a part of the story."

"Maria was brave, but so was her family. They had to be brave to support her In such an environment."

"It's good to hear about this part of the world from a young girl's point of view."

"Maria takes the reader through her journey, a violent and scary one, so different from life in the west."

Categories: Non fiction, Biography, Contemporary, Culture/Ethnic/Racial, Gender Issues, Inspirational, Personal Interests, Political, Relationships, Religion, Social commentary/perspectives, Pakistan, 2018 Titles


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