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Book giveaway: The Girl Who Beat ISIS

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In August 2014, Farida, like any ordinary teenage girl, was enjoying the summer holidays before her last year at school. But Farida lived in the mountains of northern Iraq — and what happened next was unimaginable. Her village was an ISIS target.

ISIS jihadists murdered the men and boys, including her father and brother, before taking Farida and the other women as prisoners. This is the story of what happened to Farida after she was captured: the beatings, the rapes, the markets where ISIS sold women like cattle, and Farida's realisation that the more resistant she became, the harder it was for her captors to continue their atrocities against her. So she struggled, she bit, she kicked, she accused her captors of going against their religion, until, one day, the door to her room was left unlocked. She took her chance and, with five younger girls in her charge, fled into the Syrian desert.

Farida showed incredible courage in the face of the unthinkable, and now with The Girl Who Beat ISIS she bravely relives her story to bear witness. Searing and immediate, this is the first memoir by a young woman that shows first-hand what life is like for innocents caught up in the maelstrom of day-to-day life with ISIS.

Praise for The Girl Who Beat ISIS:

"This powerful testimony is... as gripping as it is appalling" – The Guardian

"[Farida] is a very strong individual, she has the heart of a lioness. An amazing story that encourages us never to keep quiet or to give in" – Frank Heinrich, German Parliamentary Speaker on Human Rights

About the author:

Farida and her brothers were brought up in the Yazidi community in Kocho, Iraq. Farida was 19 years old when ISIS attacked her village, killed the men, captured the women and sold them into slavery. After four months, Farida and her best friend managed to escape against all odds.

Book giveaway

We've got 10 copies of The Girl Who Beat ISIS to give away to Mumsnetters to review in our book reviews section. Fill in the form below to apply for your copy. 

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This giveaway ends on Monday 18 July so apply now!

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