by Waris Dirie - £8.99 Virago Press (2004)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781844080083 | ISBN 10: 1844080080
Fasion model, UN ambassador and courageous spirit, Waris Dirie is a remarkable woman. Born into a traditional family of tribal desert nomads in Somalia, she told her story - enduring female circumcision at five years old; running away at twelve through the desert in order to escape an arranged marriage; being discovered by Terence Donovan as she worked as a cleaner in London; and becoming a top fashion model - in her book, the worldwide bestseller Desert Flower.
Though Waris Dirie fled her homeland, she never forgot the country and culture that molded her. The world of famine, and violence, where women have no voice - the very world that nearly destroyed her also gave her the tools to survive. She traces the roots of her courage, resilience and humour back to Somalia, and most particularly to her mother.
Desert Dawn is about coming home.
(Price & availability last checked: April 2018)