• “My message is simple: never give up.” Yusra Mardini

    “My message is simple: never give up.” Yusra Mardini

    After a public launch in Berlin on 30th April, BUTTERFLY, Yusra Mardini’s story, is out now and available in following countries:


    Butterfly - From Refugee to Olympian – My story of rescue, hope and triumph

    Publisher: Bluebird / publication date: 2nd May


    Butterfly – Das Mädchen, das ein Flüchtlingsboot rettete und Olympia-Schwimmerin wurde

    Publisher: Knaur / publication date: 2nd May


    Butterfly - From Refugee to Olympian – My story of rescue, hope and triumph

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Press / publication date: 15th May


    In 2015, young professional swimmer Yusra Mardini fled her native Syria to the Turkish coast and boarded a small dinghy full of refugees bound for Greece. When the overcrowded boat's engine cut out, it began to sink. Yusra, her sister Sara and two others jumped overboard and hung on to the side to lighten the load, navigating the raging waves of the Aegean Sea for over three hours until they eventually landed on Lesbos, saving the lives of all passengers on board.

    Just a year later, against incredible odds, Yusra competed with the IOC Refugee Olympic Team at the Rio Olympic Games and in April 2017, she was appointed a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.

    Buttefly tells her amazing story, from her life in Syria, where her passion for swimming was born, through the perilous journey she undertook to reach and cross Europe, right up to her arrival in Germany, eventual selection for the IOC Refugee Team, and first steps into the stadium at Rio’s opening ceremony.

    Yusra Mardini’s life story is being made into a film by British production company Working Title Films, directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Hours, The Reader).

    About The Author

    Yusra Mardini is an Olympic swimmer and a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. She competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro as a member of the Refugee Olympic Team. Mardini is from Damascus, Syria. She was named one of People’s 25 Women Changing the World and one of Time’s 30 Most Influential Teens of 2016.  In 2017 she was one of Teen Vogue’s 21 under 21. She competed in the FINA World Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary in July 2017 and is currently training for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Today she lives in Berlin, Germany

    Following countries will follow:

    • Hungary (publisher: Agave / publication date: June 2018)
    • Holland (Publisher: Ambo Anthos / publication date: July 2018)
    • Japan (publisher: Asahi Shimbun / publication date: October 2018)
    • Greece ( publisher: Metaixmio / December 2018)
    • France (publisher: Univers poche/ publication date: January 2019)
    • Spain (publisher: Plaza & Janes / publication date: early 2019)
    • Italy (publisher: Giunti / publication date:  early 2019)
    • Brazil (publisher: HarperCollins Brazil)
    • Portugal (publisher: Saida De Emergencia )
    • Bulgaria (publisher: Prozoretz)