Transworld has bought a memoir by Dr Waheed Arian, billed as "the powerful story of a boy who dreamed about helping others, a tale of courage, ambition and unwavering resilience against all odds".
World rights to In the Wars: A Story of Conflict, Survival and Saving Lives were acquired from Carly Cook at The Found, which will be published under the Bantam Press imprint in hardback on 17th June 2021.
The memoir charts Dr Arian's journey to becoming a doctor, having been born into conflict in Afghanistan, spent much of his childhood in refugee camps in Pakistan, and contracted tuberculosis, thus "experiencing the power of medicine", inspiring him to dedicate his life to healing others.
"Smuggled into the UK at 15 with just $100 in his pocket, becoming a doctor seemed unlikely," the book's synopsis reads. "He was encouraged to aim for being a taxi driver. But Waheed taught himself, while working through PTSD and anxiety, and studied all hours to achieve his dream. He was accepted to read medicine at Cambridge University, and also studied at Harvard and at Imperial College, London. Today he works in emergency medicine for the NHS and leads the pioneering international telemedicine charity Arian Teleheal. His charity, whose work has been recognised by the World Health Organisation and the United Nations, is saving and changing the lives of millions of people just like Waheed."
Andrea Henry, editorial director at Transworld, said: "Waheed’s memoir delivers a message that’s inspirational and hopeful. His achievements, his giving back and the important and compassionate work his charity does feel all the more relevant and uplifting right now. We hope that people will take a lot of strength from a story that focuses on grit and resilience and how to develop the strong mental health we all need to live as well as we can. We’re delighted to be working with Waheed on a very special project that is sure to resonate with many."
Dr Arian said: "My dream was to become a doctor and to help others. Against the odds I achieved that in 2010 and now proudly serve with the NHS. My passion to do more for those in desperate need, as I was, led me to found a charity that helps to save the lives of people in conflict zones and low-resource countries around the world. I want to share my story because I believe that, with hope and determination, we all have the potential to fulfil our dreams. All we need is to be given a chance. Working together to inspire and support each other, just imagine what we could achieve."