Desert Flower

Desert Flower The Extraordinary Life of a Desert Nomad

Paperback (18 Jan 2001)

Save $2.07

  • $11.63
  • $9.56
Add to basket

Includes delivery to USA

10+ copies available online - Usually dispatched within 7 days

Other formats/editions

Synopsis

Waris Dirie (the name means desert flower) lives a double life - by day she is a famous model and UN spokeswoman on women's rights in Africa, at night she dreams of her native Somalia. Waris, one of 12 children, was born into a traditional family of desert nomads in East Africa. She remembers her early childhood as carefree- racing camels and moving on with her family to the next grazing spot - until it came her turn to meet the old woman who administered the ancient custom imposed on most Somalian girls: circumcision. Waris suffered this torture when she was just five years old. Then, aged 12, when her father attempted to arrange a marriage with a 60 year old stranger in exchange for five camels - she took flight. After an extraordinary escape through the dangerous desert she made her way to London and worked as a maid for the Somalian ambassador until that family returned home. Penniless and speaking little English, she became a janitor in McDonalds where she was famously discovered by a fashion photographer. Her story is a truly inspirational and extraordinary self-portrait of a remarkable woman whose spirit is as breathtaking as her beauty.

About the Publisher

Virago

Virago

Little, Brown is the literary hardback imprint that feeds into our Abacus paperback list. We publish across a wide range of areas, including fiction, history, memoir, science and travel, but within this diverse list the vast majority of books have in common a strong narrative and a distinctive voice.

Book information

ISBN: 9781860497582
Publisher: Little, Brown
Imprint: Virago
Pub date:
DEWEY: 746.92092
DEWEY edition: 21
Number of pages: 238
Weight: 216g
Height: 197mm
Width: 126mm
Spine width: 18mm