• She swam into a new life –Yusra Mardini’s autobiography is due to appear with Droemer Knaur

    She swam into a new life –Yusra Mardini’s autobiography is due to appear with Droemer Knaur


    ‘My message is simple: Never give up,’ 19-year old Yusra Mardini says, whose life story is due to appear with Droemer Knaur in Spring 2018. 

    Together with her sister, the young professional swimmer from Syria towed the refugee boat she was travelling on for three and half hours until they reached the coast, thereby saving the lives of all the occupants. She managed to make her way to Berlin via the Balkan route. In 2016, she competed with the IOC Refugee Olympic Team in Rio. She is also due to compete in the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest in July 2017 and is training for the Olympic Games 2020 in Tokyo. 

    In April 2017, she was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador: 

    ‘I am eager to continue spreading the message that refugees are just normal people living through traumatic and devastating circumstances, who are capable of extraordinary things if only given a chance. I am proud to use my voice to support UNHCR.’ 

    The publishing group Droemer Knaur, Munich, has secured world rights to the book through the literary agency Michael Meller, together with Bluebird/Macmillan in the UK, where the foreign rights are being sold, and St Martins Press/Macmillan in the US. Yusra Mardini’s autobiography will appear simultaneously in these three countries in Spring 2018 and in many additional languages. 

    According to Yusra’s manager, Marc Heinkelein of StageField Management, the aim was to ‘find a strong partner in the book sector who could not only guarantee high quality, but also worldwide publication of Yusra’s extraordinary story. We are delighted to have found such a partner with the publishing group Droemer Knaur.’ 

    ‘We are extremely proud to be able to publish the story of this impressive fighter. Yusra Mardini stands for the hope and will of the refugees to build a life in safety and freedom,’ Margit Ketterle, Publishing Director Non-Fiction with Droemer Knaur said. 

    Carole Tonkinson, Publisher at Bluebird added: ‘Yusra is a role model for young women around the world – we are bringing her story to readers around the globe,’ and Sally Richardson, President and Publisher of St. Martin's Press joined the enthusiasm: ‘An important story of human bravery and selflessness – we are looking forward to bringing Yusra’s story to the world.’ 

    Yusra Mardini’s life story is being made into a film by the British production company Working Title Films, directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader). The film is due to appear in cinemas at the end of 2018. 

    » Official press release | Droemer Knaur.pdf