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Malala Yousafzai, Schoolgirl Shot By The Taliban, In Reported £2m Book Deal

28/03/2013 14:50 GMT | Updated 28/03/2013 15:02 GMT

A Pakistani schoolgirl who survived being shot in the head by the Taliban has signed a book deal worth a reported £2m.

Malala Yousafzai said she wanted to tell her story and "the story of 61 million children who can't get education."

Publisher Weidenfeld and Nicolson announced that it would release "I am Malala" in Britain in the Autumn.

Malala, 15, was shot by a Taliban gunman in October in northwestern Pakistan. The militant group said it targeted her because she promoted "Western thinking" and, through a blog, had been an outspoken critic of the Taliban's opposition to educating girls.

The shooting sparked outrage in Pakistan and many other countries, and her story drew global attention to the struggle for women's rights in Malala's homeland. The teen even made the shortlist for Time magazine's "Person of the Year" in 2012.

She was brought to the UK for treatment and spent several months in a hospital undergoing reconstruction surgery. She was released last month and has started school in Birmingham.

The schoolgirl said she hoped telling her story would be "part of the campaign to give every boy and girl the right to go to school."

"I hope the book will reach people around the world, so they realize how difficult it is for some children to get access to education," she said.

"I want to tell my story, but it will also be the story of 61 million children who can't get education."

The price tag for the book deal was estimated at £2 million.