by Waris Dirie
Editor: Little, Brown Book Group
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Fashion model, UN ambassador and courageous spirit, Waris Dirie is a remarkable woman, born into a traditional family of nomadic tribes of the Somali desertShe told her enduring story, at the age of five, the ancient and savage, the custom of excision; the twelve-footed runaway across the desert to escape an arranged marriage; being discovered by Terence Donovan as she worked as a housekeeper in London; and becoming a top fashion model – in her book, the bestseller worldwide, Desert FlowerAlthough Waris Dirie fled her homeland, she has never forgotten the country and culture that shaped her life.The world of famine and violence, where women have no voice and no place – the world that almost destroyed it too gave it the tools it needed to surviveShe traces the roots of her courage, resilience and humour back to her homeland, and more particularly to her mother.From the desert to the dawn is the story of this statement, and a testimony of stubbornness makes that you can love something dear and not love everything it representsThe Dawn Desert is to come home
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