The Apple and the Tree: Life as Dr Mahathir’s Daughter is the new memoir by UEA alumna Marina Mahathir and has recently been published by Penguin Random House. Marina graduated from the MA in Biography and Creative Non-Fiction in 2019. She served as the President of the Malaysian AIDS Council between 1993 and 2005, and served on the Board of Sisters in Islam, which advocates for justice and equality for Muslim women, between 2010 and 2016. Marina has written a column in a Malaysian English-language daily for more than twenty years, and has published three compilations of her newspaper columns, In Liberal Doses (1997), Telling It Straight (2012), and Dancing on Thin Ice (2015). In 2010 she was named UN Person of the Year by the United Nations in Malaysia, and in 2016 she received the French Chevalier de la Legion D’Honneur in recognition of her work in HIV and women’s rights. In 1997 she received an honorary degree from Universiti Sains Malaysia for her work in HIV/AIDS education in 1997, and in 2014 from Wawasan Open University, Penang for her work in human rights. In 2018 she received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Sussex.