The Girl with the Louding Voice

The Girl with the Louding Voice : 'A story of courage that will win over your heart' Stylist

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All you have are your words.


'Addictive and deeply evocative. A beautiful debut' Herald

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

'Adunni's humour and fierce determination to change her destiny shine through this remarkable debut novel' Independent

'A true original, this will open your eyes' Cosmopolitan
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 156 x 236 x 30mm | 500g
  • Sceptre
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1529359236
  • 9781529359237
  • 29,921

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A virtuosic study of female loss, determination, and of the subversive potential of words . . . It magnificently reveals how language constructs us as humans. With immense skill, Dare creates an irresistible energy and powerfully sustains it on every page -- Preti Taneja It's an amazing book... I heartily recommend -- Jo Whiley * Radio 2 Book Club * 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 * Vogue * 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 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 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 * 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 * Despite the heartbreaking subject matter, this is a story of hope ... a compelling read * Sunday Post * 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 * A stunning novel - original, beautiful and powerful. I was utterly captivated by Adunni and her mesmerising louding voice. Gives an eloquent voice to the victims of modern slavery * Independent * Abi Dare is a writer who not only knows how to create a powerful sensory impression, but also one who can really work the rhythm, texture and music of language. The words jump off the page . . . The Girl with the Louding Voice never feels like standard fare. It's lifted not only by the verve of its prose, but also its touching explorations of friendship and solidarity. It has an emotional connection that remains strong even in the final pages -- Sam Jordison * Guardian * Compelling and captivating ... an unforgettable novel and, in Adunni, the author has created a truly unforgettable voice * Daily Express * Adunni's humour and fierce determination to change her
destiny shine through this remarkable debut novel. * i * Incredible . . . packs an emotional punch -- Eithne Farry * Sunday Express * 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. Abi Dare makes a sparkling literary debut . . . and marks the appearance of a strong and stylish new talent * Harper's Bazaar * Dare's characters leap off the page, powering this funny, luminous and heart-swelling tale * Daily Mail, Summer Fiction Special * This is a compelling, captivating and unforgettable debut * Mirror * 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 * Adunni's humour and fierce determination to change her destiny shine through this remarkable book. * Independent * An impressive debut novel * Observer * [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 *
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About Abi Dare

Abi Dare grew up in Lagos, Nigeria and has lived in the UK for over 18 years. She studied law at the University of Wolverhampton and has an M.Sc. in International Project Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Keen to improve her writing, Abi completed an MA in Creative Writing at Birkbeck University of London, achieving a Distinction. Her novel, The Girl with The Louding Voice won The Bath Novel Award in 2018 and was selected as a finalist in The Literary Consultancy Pen Factor competition in 2018. Abi lives in Essex with her husband and two children.
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