Egypt Independent

AUC to publish book written by ex-first lady

The American University in Cairo (AUC) is preparing to release a book penned by former First Lady Suzanne Mubarak entitled "The Story of Egypt's First Lady and Her Grandson." 

In the book, which will be published in English in September, Mubarak tells the story of her life with her grandson Mohamed Alaa Mubarak who died on 18 May 2009 at the age of 12. The former first lady writes about moments they shared as she told him bedtime stories and taught him about astronomy and Japanese culture.

In the book's introductory pages, the former first lady says, "I believe reading to my grandson Mohamed at an early age has helped him develop his ability to express himself clearly and confidently."

Al-Masry Al-Youm could not reach the AUC's publishing house for comment. However, the official in charge of the book's publication in New York told the Los Angeles Times that AUC had postponed publication until the fall upon the author’s request.

He also added that the title of the book would be changed following the recent developments in Egypt.

The former first lady is an AUC graduate and she also holds a master's degree from the university.

Suzanne Mubarak, ousted President Hosni Mubarak and her two sons face allegations of illegally acquiring wealth. The Illicit Gains Authority released the former first lady Tuesday on LE100,000 bail after she relinquished her assets, estimated at LE24 million, to the state.

It is believed that the family has many more assets overseas, and Suzanne Mubarak's release has stirred the anger of activists.

Translated from the Arabic Edition