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The Girl with the Louding Voice: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick

Abi Dare

5 Reviews

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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

Award-winning before it has even been published, Abi Dare's unforgettable debut sings from the page in a voice like no other.

All you have are your words.

A RED MAGAZINE CAN'T WAIT TO READ BOOK OF 2020

A BBC CONTEMPORARY FICTION BOOK OF 2020
A STYLIST BEST BOOK OF 2020 TO LOOK FORWARD TO 'An unforgettable novel' JEANINE CUMMINS, AUTHOR OF AMERICAN DIRT

Adunni is a fourteen-year-old Nigerian girl who knows what she wants: an education.

As the only daughter of a broke father, she is a valuable commodity. Removed from school and sold as a third wife to an old man, Adunni's life amounts to this: four goats, two bags of rice, some chickens and a new TV. When unspeakable tragedy swiftly strikes in her new home, she is secretly sold as a domestic servant to a household in the wealthy enclaves of Lagos, where no one will talk about the strange disappearance of her predecessor, Rebecca. No one but Adunni...

As a yielding daughter, a subservient wife, and a powerless servant, fourteen-year-old Adunni is repeatedly told that she is nothing. But Adunni won't be silenced. She is determined to find her voice - in a whisper, in song, in broken English - until she can speak for herself, for the girls like Rebecca who came before, and for all the girls who will follow.

EARLY PRAISE FOR THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE:
'A true original, this will open your eyes' COSMOPOLITAN

'A stunning novel - original, beautiful and powerful' ROSAMUND LUPTON

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

'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' VOGUE, Five award-winning debuts to watch out for in 2020

'The story of one remarkable girl's quest to overcome tragedy and oppression, and to speak for herself' DAILY MAIL, 2020 Top Picks

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

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Praise for The Girl with the Louding Voice: A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Pick

  • A stunning novel - original, beautiful and powerful. I was utterly captivated by Adunni and her mesmerising louding voice.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

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