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The Girl with the Louding Voice

The Girl with the Louding Voice

All you have are your words.

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

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.

PRAISE FOR THE GIRL WITH THE LOUDING VOICE:

Compulsive readingIRISH TATLER

‘A true original, this will open your eyesCOSMOPOLITAN

‘A courageous story of a woman asserting her own voice’ NEW YORK TIMES

‘An unforgettable novel’ JEANINE CUMMINS, AUTHOR OF AMERICAN DIRT

‘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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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 5th March 2020

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781529359237

Reviews

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 Daré has written an unforgettable novel, by the strength of her own louding voice.
Jeanine Cummins
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 story of one remarkable girl's quest to overcome tragedy and oppression, and to speak for herself
Stephanie Cross, Daily Mail
A true original, this will open your eyes
Cosmopolitan
A new decade calls for new voices. Thankfully there's plenty of fresh talent to stock your shelves with . . . In a bid for freedom, 14-year-old Adunni flees an arranged marriage to a local elder only to get sucked into working as a maid for a wealthy Lagos family. But unlike so many others forced into a life of servitude in modern-day Nigeria, Adunni will not be silenced. This is the story of how she learns to speak up.
Stylist
A courageous story of a woman asserting her own voice
New York Times
Abi Daré's book is compulsive reading
Irish Tatler
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
Heartbreaking and inspiring. Daré 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
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
A bold new storyteller . . . Abi Daré'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