A House in the Sky

house in the skyAbout the Book

The dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity—an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace.

As a child, Amanda Lindhout escaped a violent household by paging through issues of National Geographic and imagining herself in its exotic locales. At the age of nineteen, working as a cocktail waitress in Calgary, Alberta, she began saving her tips so she could travel the globe. Aspiring to understand the world and live a significant life, she backpacked through Latin America, Laos, Bangladesh, and India, and emboldened by each adventure, went on to Sudan, Syria, and Pakistan. In war-ridden Afghanistan and Iraq she carved out a fledgling career as a television reporter. And then, in August 2008, she traveled to Somalia—“the most dangerous place on earth.” On her fourth day, she was abducted by a group of masked men along a dusty road.

Held hostage for 460 days, Amanda converts to Islam as a survival tactic, receives “wife lessons” from one of her captors, and risks a daring escape. Moved between a series of abandoned houses in the desert, she survives on memory—every lush detail of the world she experienced in her life before captivity—and on strategy, fortitude, and hope. When she is most desperate, she visits a house in the sky, high above the woman kept in chains, in the dark, being tortured.

Vivid and suspenseful, as artfully written as the finest novel, A House in the Sky is the searingly intimate story of an intrepid young woman and her search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.

A House in the Sky is Amanda Lindhout’s memoir, finely crafted, by co-authors Amanda and Sara Corbett during a three year collaboration.

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Amanda-Lindhout-399043About the Author

Amanda is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and journalist. Her multiple award winning memoir, A House in the Sky, has been on the Globe and Mail top ten list for over two years. In 2015 her work as a journalist included writing feature stories in Maclean’s, National Post and Flare, with photography for Flare.

Her book, A House in the Sky (the story of Amanda’s years as an aspiring television war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the 460 days she spent as a hostage in Somalia) has been optioned by Hollywood production company Annapurna Pictures (Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle). Development has started with Oscar nominated actress Rooney Mara to play the role of Amanda.

An internationally renowned public speaker, notable clients include Google, Bill Clinton and Richard Branson. In 2015 Amanda visited over 25 countries as a keynote speaker at events as large as 16,000 audience members.

Amanda founded the Global Enrichment Foundation, a non profit organization that raised close to 3 million dollars to help educate and empower women and children in Somalia and Kenya.

She’s travelled to nearly 70 countries. Notable adventures include riding a camel in Ethiopia for a week to the hottest place on the planet, trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal and sleeping with Kutchi nomads in Afghanistan.

Awards and Recognition:

Women’s Executive Network, Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2012

The University of Lethbridge, Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Laws 2013, received for contributions to Canada

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012, contributions to Canada

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