The Girl with the Louding Voice
All you have are your words.
AS RECOMMENDED BY MALALA YOUSAFZAI
AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
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A STYLIST BEST BOOK OF 2020
‘A stunning novel – original, beautiful and powerful’ Rosamund Lupton
Meet Adunni, a teenage girl born into a rural Nigerian village.
Aged fourteen, she is a commodity, a wife, a servant.
She is also smart, funny, curious, with a spirit and joy infectious to those around her.
And despite her situation going from bad to worse, she has a plan to escape: she will find her ‘louding voice’ and get her education, so that she can speak up for herself – and all the girls who came before her.
As she turns enemies into friends and superiors into aides, Adunni will take you with her on a heart-breaking but inspiring journey from a small village to the wealthy enclaves of Lagos, and show you that no matter the situation, there is always some joy to be found.
‘A story of courage that will win over your heart’ Stylist
‘An unforgettable novel’ Jeanine Cummins
‘A sparkling debut . . . marks the appearance of a strong and stylish new talent’ Harper’s Bazaar
‘A true original, this will open your eyes’ Cosmopolitan
The BBC Radio 2 Book Club featuring THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE is now available to listen to on BBC Sounds.
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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