Publication Date: 05/03/2020 ISBN: 9781529359237 Category:

The Girl with the Louding Voice

Abi Dare

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication Date: 05/03/2020 ISBN: 9781529359237 Category:
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All you have are your words.

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A TODAY SHOW BOOK CLUB PICK
AN OBSERVER HOTTEST TIPPED DEBUT NOVELIST OF 2020
A BBC CONTEMPORARY FICTION BOOK OF 2020
A STYLIST BEST BOOK OF 2020

The BBC Radio 2 Book Club featuring THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE is now available to listen to on BBC Sounds.

‘A stunning novel – original, beautiful and powerful’ ROSAMUND LUPTON

Meet Adunni, a fourteen year old living in a Nigerian village outside Lagos.

She is a downtrodden daughter, desperately missing her deceased mother, and will soon become a despised third wife then an abused domestic servant.

She is expected to be meek, quiet, obedient.

Adunni is none of these things. She is determined and loyal and curious.

This is the story of Adunni’s pursuit of education. Her search to find her louding voice.

So that she can speak for herself – and for all the girls who came before her.

PRAISE FOR THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE:

‘Compulsive reading’ IRISH TATLER

‘A story of courage that will win over your heart’ STYLIST

‘A true original, this will open your eyes’ COSMOPOLITAN

‘[A] brave fresh voice . . . Throughout her harrowing coming-of-age journey, told with verve and compassion, Adunni never loses the “louding voice” that makes Dare’s story, and her protagonist, so unforgettable’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘A character for the ages’ JEANINE CUMMINS, AUTHOR OF AMERICAN DIRT

‘Adunni’s humour and fierce determination to change her destiny shine through this remarkable book’ INDEPENDENT

‘Readers will fall in love with Adunni . . . The writing is addictive and deeply evocative. A beautiful debut from a talented author’ HERALD

‘Fearless . . . a celebration of girls who dare to dream and those who help them unfurl their wings so they might soar’ IMBOLO MBUE

‘Winning comedy sparkles through the grimness . . . the vividly alive characters keep you hooked, all the way to Dare’s rousing, heart-swelling conclusion’ DAILY MAIL

‘Captivated me, astonished me and, more than once, broke my heart’ TARA CONKLIN

Publisher Review

Abi Dare makes a sparkling literary debut . . . and marks the appearance of a strong and stylish new talent * Harper's Bazaar * Resilience and beauty of language are at the heart of this story of domestic slavery * Sainsbury's Magazine * Pick the novel up now * Radio Times * 2020 [is] a dazzling year for debut novelists . . . This 2018 Bath Novel Award winner takes a long, hard look at modern slavery through the eyes of 14-year-old Adunni -- Timothy Harrison * Vogue * The Girl With the Louding Voice is a character for the ages. Adunni is a girl who narrates her own suffering with levity, who paints depth and texture and beauty into her Nigerian homeland, who tenderly cultivates her own humanity even while everything around her seeks to thwart it. She is an ambassador for girls everywhere. She is important, funny, brave, and enduring. Abi Dare has written an unforgettable novel, by the strength of her own louding voice. -- Jeanine Cummins Heartbreaking and inspiring. Dare provides a valuable reminder of all the young women around the world who are struggling to be heard and how important it is that we listen to them. A moving story of what it means to fight for the right to live the life you choose. * Kirkus * Adunni's voice weaves and dances its way across the pages with a rhythm that captivated me, astonished me and, more than once, broke my heart -- Tara Conklin, author of The House Girl A bold new storyteller . . . Abi Dare's fearless debut is a celebration of girls who dare to dream and those who help them unfurl their wings so that they might soar -- Imbolo Mbue, New York Times bestselling author of Behold the Dreamers A true original, this will open your eyes * Cosmopolitan * Abi Dare's book is compulsive reading * Irish Tatler * A story of courage that will win over your heart * Stylist * A bravely determined heroine * Sunday Times * A powerful debut novel . . . Compelling . . . Readers will fall in love with Adunni . . . The writing is addictive and deeply evocative. A beautiful debut from a talented author * Herald * Gives an eloquent voice to the victims of modern slavery * Independent * Winning comedy sparkles through the grimness . . . it's the vividly alive characters that keep you hooked, all the way to Dare's rousing, heart-swelling conclusion * Daily Mail * Narrated by Adunni herself in a brilliantly sustained broken English, this ultimately uplifting debut novel shines a penetrating light on the barbaric practices of child labour and child marriage * Mail on Sunday * The story told in this novel is an important one . . . The Girl with the Louding Voice joins a long and fine tradition of issue-led novels that have sparked conversations resulting in social change. * Guardian * [A] brave, fresh voice . . . Dare draws the reader in with a vivid character whose dire circumstances are contrasted with her natural creativity . . . Unforgettable * New York Times * Adunni's humour and fierce determination to change her destiny shine through this remarkable book. * Independent * A stunning novel - original, beautiful and powerful. I was utterly captivated by Adunni and her mesmerising louding voice. -- Rosamund Lupton, Sunday Times bestselling author of Sister and The Quality of Silence

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